Dora cake

I made a Dora cake for sweet Natalie’s 3rd birthday. It was my first time using gumpaste for figures and I’m hooked. It dries so perfectly unlike fondant (which I’m sure you other experienced cakers knew, but I didn’t). It was a lot easier to work with, even though it start drying out fairly quickly. I loved making this cake, especially since Beansy loves Dora, too, and was up every morning to grab her stool and look on the counter to see what I made the night before. I was disappointed the bottom tier fondant was bubbly; I think the powdered sugar must’ve been lumpy. And Dora’s features should’ve been bigger, but it was my first time painting gumpaste. The rest of the decorations and the cake covering are fondant. The bottom tier was chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and the top was white cake with raspberry buttercream (I love, LOVE this buttercream!!):

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