How to make a Dragon Cake

For my child's 4th birthday, he wanted a dragon party. So I decided to make him a cake with a dragon on it. This was a REALLY impressive cake, that although time consuming, was not that difficult to do.
Note, I am not a professional baker, and i'm sure there are things I've gotten 'wrong'.. but that's one reason i did this instructable to show that you don't have to be a professional to attempt something cool!

You can see the original cake here (the dragon laying on top of the cake) and then a mini version I made with the leftovers, to document the how it was done. This technique could be used to make a full size dragon cake, or placed on top of an iced cake as I did. Of course, you don't have to make a dragon... there are lots of things that could be made with this technique.

And remember, you can always cheat and buy a storebought cake, then make the littler dragon version to go on top of it! Not including time to make the fondant or the cake mixture, the mini dragon that I did just for this tutorial took about 45 minutes. For a time reference, the big dragon cake took me all day basically, but that was baking all the cakes, plus cupcakes, plus making the icing... and i'd never done anything like this before!

From a cost perspective, this is really pretty inexpensive. No expensive ingredients (lots of cake mix, powdered sugar, and so forth), just the cost of your time!

So how's it TASTE??
Really yummy! The marshmallow fondant used for the dragon tastes much better than regular fondant to me. And the cake inside the dragon is rich and thick. Everything is edible.

If you are throwing a dragon party, you can also get invitations and thank you notes that match this dragon at my website ( They are free to download for personal use.

I'd love to see what the fabulously creative people on Instructables can do with this!

Inspirations and credit: The dragon is of my own design, based on my illustration, but I was inspired to put it on top of a cake by this cake on flickr. Bakerella's cake balls made me think of doing it out of cake ball material. Also, the site with the marshmallow fondant recipe was very helpful.

Paso 1: Materials / Ingredients

For Base Cake: 2 layer cake, from mix, prepared as directed on box. Cream cheese icing.*
Of course, if you're in a hurry, a plain cake, pre-iced from the store will also work.

For Dragon:

1 layer of cake (about 1/2 box from a typical quality cake mix, like Duncan Hines.) (I used the rest of the second box for cupcakes. I had some left over, so 1 layer was more than enough. I made the mini-dragon, shown throughout this tutorial, from what I had left over.)'

Approx 1-2 c cream cheese icing.

Marshmallow Fondant (1 batch is more than enough and can be made well in advance). I found this recipe easy to do, requires a few simple ingredients, and the resulting fondant is tasty and easy to work with. You could of course use store-bought fondant or another recipe, but this worked for me.
Food Coloring (I used a gel) to color the fondant.

Pastel Candy Corns (available around easter) or similar candy for horns, claws.

Silicon mat or Parchment paper
Rolling Pin
Thin cardboard or paper or styrofoam plate

White Modeling chocolate or 10 pieces of soft, moldable candy like light colored tootsie rolls or starburst. (For original dragon, I made the modeling chocolate, 1/2 of the recipe linked here, and prepared the steps associated with it in advance. It was not difficult, but for the mini-dragon, i just used tootsie rolls and it works almost as well, for much less work--though I doubt it's as tasty!)

Decorations: I used Malted Milk Eggs, Pastel Candy Corns
(You can use whatever you like!)

*Cream Cheese Icing:
My recipe - it's easy and yummy. For this project (cake, plus extra cupcakes, I made a double batch.
Single Batch:
1 stick butter, softened.
1 pkg cream cheese (lower fat is fine, but not nonfat), softened
1 lb powdered sugar (aka: confectioners, icing sugar)

Beat butter, and cream cheese until smooth in your mixer. Slowly add powdered sugar on lowest speed, beat on med until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

or, you can just pick up 3 or more store bought jars

I guess you don't have to use cream cheese icing per se, but that's what worked for me.

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rhonashill dice: Ago 20, 2012. 2:07 PM
Wow, what can I say that hasn't be said already? All you guys are so clever.
teutate dice: Ago 1, 2012. 8 AM
thank you for the great instructions
Cake was a success, wife was impressed and little one loved it!!!
DotatDabbled dice: Ago 7, 2012. 8:42 AM
excellent job! He's got great personality :)
sholstenberg dice: Jun 16, 2012. 9:25 PM
...this looks awesome! In case my son is as "nuts" about dragons on his next birthday (in January), as he is right now, I will definitely try that one! :)
Goodhart dice: May 1, 2012. 5:44 PM
Oooo I love this.....I am going to make one, then, if it turns out (I am horrible with cakes) I will see if I can also do a T-rex or a Tyranadon.
DotatDabbled dice: May 2, 2012. 5:44 AM
If you do, be sure post a pic or email me :) I'd love to see it!
Goodhart dice: May 2, 2012. 8:52 AM
Will try to remember :-)
Julya+Vahtarova dice: May 1, 2012. 12:50 PM
it's interesting to know
Suizezem dice: May 1, 2012. 2:20 AM
Love this cake =)
Dusk+Shadows dice: May 1, 2012. 1:58 AM
wow this is great your very talented=)
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pockypuppy123 dice: Ene 15, 2012. 3:20 PM
I havent tried to make the cake yet but let me just say, THIS CAKE IS SO AWESOME! how did you do it! well dont answer that cause you just taught me! but this cake is really cool looking! you did a very good job!
sshevil dice: Ago 14, 2011. 7:38 AM
Thanks alot for a great idea, I've made a cimilar cake aswell. I didn't use your ingredients, as I made mine from marchipan instead, but I've kind of done the same outlay on the cake.
DotatDabbled dice: Ago 14, 2011. 5:58 PM
love it! great job!
Mema17 dice: Jul 30, 2011. 10:50 AM
it is soo cute
dhjshi dice: Jun 28, 2011. 2:39 PM
Hmmm.....I believe someone deserves an internet high-five for this cake. *HIGH FIVE* and yes, this is the only cake that is not a lie.
RadioactiveBees dice: Ago 3, 2011. 12:30 PM
you mean fake. the cake is fake and the pie is a lie, obviously.
Finderzkeeperz dice: Jun 20, 2011. 10:29 PM
That has to be one of the coolest cakes I've ever seen!
DotatDabbled dice: Jun 21, 2011. 6:19 AM
Thank you!
porcupinemamma dice: May 29, 2011. 6:01 AM
I remeber when my sister-in-law made a cookie monster cake for our young neice. She was covered from head to toe in blue icingl with her sweet little eyes peeking through all the blue icing. FHappy memories!
burcu dice: Oct 26, 2010. 1:14 PM
I did a cake with your directions. Everybody liked.Thank you very much.
DotatDabbled dice: Ago 14, 2011. 5:58 PM
Awesome! love it
tchitwood dice: Oct 20, 2010. 1:19 PM
What a great cake!!! Great ides on using the Easter candy.

I love MMF, so yummy and easy to make and work with.

Love the toothpick holder. :) I have the Ex knife block and have been wanting to get the toothpick holder and other related kitchen tools.
DotatDabbled dice: Oct 20, 2010. 7:53 PM
FRED stuff is so awesome, I agree!
carpfluff dice: Abr 12, 2010. 3:24 PM
how pleasant. a toothpick holder shaped like a person. where can I get one?!
DotatDabbled dice: Abr 13, 2010. 6:02 AM
Fred toothpick holder is here.

they also have a funny knife set called 'the Ex'
carpfluff dice: Oct 8, 2010. 6:31 PM
Thanks! They work better than voodoo dolls!
small_satan dice: Mar 7, 2010. 10:03 PM
 I might have missed mentioned not to tuck under on step 8, why is it? I looks fine to me
porcupinemamma dice: Nov 15, 2009. 1:44 AM
forget 4 yrs old!  i will be 53 and i'd love to have your fabulous cake on my birthday
mmould03 dice: Oct 6, 2009. 2:19 PM
Wish I'd found this a couple weeks ago for my son's birthday. Next year, gotcha bookmarked :) Awesome idea and wonderful instructable.
slushy200 dice: Oct 3, 2009. 8:04 PM
wow! awesome!
mommy_in_a_meditative_midlife_crisis dice: Sep 20, 2009. 10:58 PM
I just got finished making the cake for my son's 6th birthday party today. Thanks so much for your easy to follow directions! It made the whole process quite enjoyable! Since I couldn't get. A hold of Easter candy in September I just made fondant covered cake balls for the eggs and used fo dant for the spikes. As soon as I figure out how to upload pics I will do so. Thanks again for all your help and mad metta being sent your way!
Xandergust dice: Feb 23, 2010. 4:40 PM
 I really love these eggs! Did you use some kind of polka-dotting method on the fondant or did you place colored circles on the cake ball eggs? Also, how did you keep the large, fondant spikes on the dragon?
mommy_in_a_meditative_midlife_crisis dice: Feb 23, 2010. 10:38 PM
Hi! the fondant is quite pliable especially when warm so I initially covered the egg cake balls w/ one color fondant and then layered the "dots" on top. Make sure you have crisco handy, this helps alot. It's kind of like working with modeling clay. The fondant spikes are worked the same way. I just made little twisted pyramids and spread out the base thinly and then work it together. If you wanted you could easily pull them off. They aren't glued on or anything. Hope this helps! Dots instructions were amazing! Very easy to follow and everything worked perfectly the first time. The reciepe's she links too are amazing! Best tasting fondant I have ever had!

DotatDabbled dice: Feb 23, 2010. 7:53 PM
Wow, I totally missed this when you posted it previously.  I'll be linking it at :)

ecogeeko dice: Sep 11, 2009. 9:43 AM
Wow! That is Awesome! I especially love the use of the robin eggs, those things are the best!
HEY+YOU dice: Ago 6, 2009. 3:12 AM
Great Instructable!!!

Home created cakes really show that you care!!!!

Unrelated comment - I Love your toothpick holder - It reminds me of "the Ex:" knife block -

Again, Nice Job
glassjnkie dice: Jul 2, 2009. 4:14 PM
Lovely cake!!!
stinkymum dice: Jun 22, 2009. 1:31 PM
Fabulous cake!
rookie1 dice: Jun 12, 2009. 9:53 AM
That is incredible! Great idea and great instructable. Any kid would be thrilled with this.
trailleadr dice: Jun 12, 2009. 7:48 AM
Wow! I'm dumbfounded by how impressive that is! Excellent 'ible btw too.
Tape-structable dice: Jun 12, 2009. 1:03 AM
That looks delicious! Must have been SWEET.
canida dice: Jun 11, 2009. 5:27 PM
Aw, he's adorable!
SoapyHollow dice: Jun 11, 2009. 2:39 PM
Fantastic! My 6 year old saw the picture and has requested that I make one for him asap. :)
DotatDabbled dice: Jun 11, 2009. 4:37 PM
well, I hope this helps :) drop by and email me if you need additional tips !
ve2vfd dice: Jun 11, 2009. 2:31 PM
Wow!!! That is one amazing cake! Well done!
DotatDabbled dice: Jun 11, 2009. 4:38 PM
thanks! it's the best one I've ever made...
starshipminivan dice: Jun 11, 2009. 12:31 PM
Very nice!
DotatDabbled dice: Jun 11, 2009. 4:38 PM
thank you!
eleraama dice: Jun 11, 2009. 11:48 AM
This looks great!

I'm in a Livejournal community called BakeBakeBake, and we *love* marshmallow fondant; I myself used it to make a Watchmen cake (it was my first time working with fondant, and I was suprised at how easy it was)

DotatDabbled dice: Jun 11, 2009. 1:03 PM
That's fabulous! I know, this fondant was great... really made my work easy.
canida dice: Jun 11, 2009. 5:26 PM
Awesome. ;)
nicolo86 dice: Mar 29, 2010. 12:03 PM
lol watchmen