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Fire-Breathing Dragon Cake!!

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I first saw this idea in a children's Magazine and decided to make it for my younger brother's 5th Knight-themed birthday party. With 2 ordinary 9 inch cakes, frosting, and a few other easy to find candies, you can create a very realistic dragon!
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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You will need-
2 9-inch cakes
6 cups of frosting, your choice of colour (more or less, depending on how thick you like your icing.
8 Keebler chocolate covered graham crackers
8 Sunkist fruit gems
2 Sunkist fruit slices
2 Blue Fruit Roll-Ups
1 Red Fruit Roll-Up
1 Yellow Fruit Roll-Up
1 Marshmallow
2 Chocolate Chips
2 Hershey's Kisses
2 Wooden Skewers

You will want all of your fruit gems, slices, and icing to be all colour co-ordinated-I chose orange candies and yellow icing, but you can do what ever colours will match the plates or napkins you will have at the party.

Step 2: Preparation

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Take a serrated bread knife and cut the middle part out of all the rectangular crackers so that you have 2 triangular pieces out of each one. Next, slice all of the Fruit Gems in half.

Step 3: Assembly

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Now, let's start assembling!

Take one of your 9 inch round cakes and slice it in half. Take your frosting and spread some on one half, then place the other half on top, and place the whole thing on a cardboard cake board or aluminum foil covered cardboard.

Next, you will cut up the remaining cake. The diagram below shows exactly how to do it. Don't worry if it isn't exact-you can always make a smallish piece bigger looking with icing. ;-)

Step 4: Icing

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Next, assemble the cake pieces according to the picture below, trimming any pieces if necessary.

Now, you will frost Mr. Dragon. I find that using a flat icing tip in your full icing bag works wonders on those difficult, moist and crummy parts, and once you've covered up the crumbs, you can use your spatula to smooth things over. This method keeps those crumbs from showing up in your icing.
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sbjewel323 years ago
Love this cake! The instructions were clear and it was pretty easy to make! I Needed more cake so I used a 12 in cake pan. I Iced it with reg frosting first but it looked kind of sloppy so I decided to pipe Decorator icing on the entire cake using the star decorator tip. Everyone loved it and more importantly the birthday boy loved it! He kept sneaking over and eating all the keebler grahams off of the spine! LOL
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Larandalee3 years ago
My son wanted a Dragon cake for his 5 birthday this summer and I was worried because I couldn't find a dragon cake pan anywhere but than I found this and WOW it was easier than a cake pan! Those stinking cake pan you have to make 20 different colored frostings what a pain! This was so much easier than I thought it'd be and everyone thought it was amazing. My son was thrilled! Thank you sooooo much for sharing this!!!!! Now I'm hoping he wants a dragon cake every year! ;)
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Did you pipe the frosting on? What tip did you use if so? If not what was the technique you used? This cake looks great. I am planning to make it for my son's party this Saturday. Any pointers or tips would be helpful!! Thanks
Yes I piped it on with tip #16, which is a star shaped tip. I didn't do anything special I just covered it and wasn't even very graceful about it which I think may have helped make it look a little rougher like a dragon might be. I couldn't find orange gems so I just used orange slices for the claws and eyebrows. I think I used chocolate chips for the center of the eyes. I throw foil over a cookie sheet and it fit in there a little snug but worked out great. My tail ended up being a bi thin but I just made bigger with lots of frosting. Let me know if you have anymore questions and good luck! It was easier than I thought it was gonna be. =)
Well, here is my rendition of the fire breathing dragon! Thank you for all your help. It was a hit!!
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Looks awesome!! Like the green eyes and curvy tail, nice touch. =) I bet your son was thrilled. Glad to help but really we all have kitchenwench to thank!!!! Thank goodness she shared because I would've never thought something this awesome up on my own!
Thank you for the help and encouragement!!
fergusonj3 years ago
The first picture is of my first try making the dragon birthday cake for my grandson's 3rd birthday. However, I had to transport it 2 1/2 hours away. So I decided to use the lid a Rubbermaid storage tote to put under the bottom of the cake and snapped the bottom of the tote over the top of the cake as the lid. Thought is was pretty ingenious. Problem was that my son-in-law didn't know that the cake was in the tote and turned it right side up when my daughter and I were out. Came home to a broken dragon. But got a new base already frosted from the grocery store and reassembled the newly reconstructed dragon on it. Put the wings on right before the party. Enjoyed making BOTH cakes and got may compliments!
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MedicMrs3 years ago
My Paramedic hubby & I made this together for our son's 9th birthday...OH WOW, we had a BLAST making this...The kids ate our "mistakes" and all turned out AWESOME!!! Was a GREAT hit...We used a German chocolate cake as the base to make the dragon look like he was laying on the ground...
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wow thats great me and my mum made a green one for a assement :) excellant
This is my dragon cake, I made it for my 15th birthday party just because this looked so awesome. I think it turned out pretty well, even after an hour of yelling at a bowl of frosting and getting weird looks from the neighbors. Thanks for the instructable!
Whoops, need the picture. . .
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Sweet. The nest and the eggs are a very nice touch.
youmybubs4 years ago
I made this for my son's 6th birthday party.  It was a huge success and everyone was shocked that I actually made it myself.  I'm not much of a cook and even less a baker.  But, the instructions were dead on and the end result was amazing.  I highly recommend that after you bake the cakes and let them cool - put them in the freezer.  It made it MUCH easier to cut the pieces and didn't hardly crumble when I went to frost it.  It was awesome!
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lovehandles4 years ago
I loved this cake it was my only second attempt at making  a novelty cake. I am in Australia. It meant I had to substitute and use different things. I used Tobelorone Bars for my spikes. One problem my spikes kept getting eaten on me while assembling it. Fantastic idea and your instructions were spot on. Thanks from Australia!

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sandssuz4 years ago
 Just finished making this cake for my daughter's 4th birthday party. She is very pleased with it. I had to shorten the tail to fit it on top of a large sheet cake. 
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Emmaleigh5 years ago
Just finished this tonight. Thanks for your wonderful instructable. This cake was a hit!
Whoops... would probably help if I remembered to upload the photo. :3
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Your cake looks wonderful, I really like it.

lolita795 years ago
Hey, I made the cake. It turned out pretty good. The frosting I use was a little to sticky and made frosting it more difficult. I didn't have time to make my own and used Betty Crocker Whipped cream cheese frosting. I don't recommend using that kind! Other than that the cake was a huge hit at the party! Thanks so much for the idea!
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Here is one that matched the (paper) disk plates. We didn't follow the recipe, only the cut-out diagram
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Also...what did you use for the scales on his back...I like how they are different sizes!
I made my own frosting using powder sugar, warmed up butter and some green food coloring drops.

For the back scales I used thin mint cookies named "Göteborgs Remi mint" (http://www.goteborgskex.se/produktinfo/sota-kex/remi) and just cut the edges in different sizes.
kitchenwench (author)  lolita795 years ago
Hi lolita79, I made my own frosting using a basic decorator's buttercream, and I have attached a link to the recipe I used. The scales were imprinted into the icing using a (clean) magic marker cap! I used different pressures to make them bigger or smaller. Hey, I hope your cake turns out awesome! I would love to see a picture when it's done. :-) ~kitchenwench
I am making a dragon cake this week for my son's 4th bday....I love yours! Did you make your own frosting or use store bought?
kitchenwench (author)  steinikallinn5 years ago
HOW CUTE!! It fits the plates perfectly, and I just love the colors you chose! Thanks so much for sharing, I really enjoyed seeing your beautiful cake!
grovesjer16 days ago

Here is my rendition; I made mine a dinosaur vs. a dragon. My 3-year old grandson loved it. I used graham crackers for sand around the dragon and edible rocks (which I added on site since they are chocolate and I didn't want them to melt). I also made a nest of dragon eggs using boiled eggs, which I cracked and then dyed. I peeled them partially.

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afoster285 months ago

im making this cake with my own spin on it too, today, my sons birthday was a weekish ago but we are celebrating it tomorrow, and he loves dragons and rquested a draong on his cake but then i found this! so excited to do this! will post a picture when done! My son just turned 9.

RishiG made it!5 months ago

Aaargh! Perfect idea!! Thanks so much for sharing. For my cake, I couldn't source any fruit roll ups so I tried to make fondant wings but they just didn't work, so my dragon is wingless. I used Toblerone for spikes, wine gums for claws and accidentally put my legs the wrong way.

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wombatmama9 months ago
Thank you so much for your instructions! I've never made a birthday cake before and this was so easy! Your cutting diagram really helped me. I made it a rainbow cake inside and piped the scales on with butter icing. My son loved slaying his rainbow dragon and devoured a leg:)
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Mags191 year ago
Had a go at this for my sons 7th Birthday. I used a chocolate sponge and strawberry frosting. Everyone loved it and it was really yummy, plenty to go around. This was my first shaped cake and it wasn't hard to do.
Thanks for great inspiration.
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I love this, I made this cake for my daughter's 3rd birthday party...I couldn't follow it exactly because I live in the UK and we don't have all the products in our supermarkets, but the basic shape is the same. Clear instructions and was a great hit with the children!
I blogged about it here:
http://pouchbags.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/dragon-themed-birthday-party.html
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sgcsam1 year ago
Dragon cake for my best chinese friend!
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sgcsam1 year ago
Dragon cake for my best chinese friend!
lkunecke1 year ago
Thank you for the template! I enjoyed making this cake the birthday boy was turning 29 and it just proved you are never to old for a dragon cake.
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Very nice! Cute!
dwyerlisa1 year ago
This cake was super easy and everyone was impressed. Crumbs did tend to get everywhere unless I was strategic about putting all of the "cut" sides facing inwards. Recommend arranging everything first before frosting
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I also found chocolate "orange slices" to put by the ears as fins. Living in Sweden, I couldn't find all necessary candy as described above -- Toblerone as fins, sliced watermelon candies for toes/claws, chocolate orange fins, red gummy eyebrows, marshmallows (cut in half) for whites of eyes, red dots for eyeballs, caramel circles for nostrils and fruit roll-ups (imported from US) for flames and wings. I didn't have skewers so I used bendy straws that worked out well to give it a nice winged shape
This was a great instructable! I used a buttercream frosting and a marker top as you suggested. Thanks so much!
Vunique2 years ago
Thank you for the tutorial .I made it for my sons 8th birhtday party. The cake stole the show.
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