How to Make the Dragon Cake! (the much anticipated tutorial)

[18 Jun 2009 | By | 37 Comment(s) | 40,796 views ]

How to Create Dragon CakeThe Dragon Cake I made for my 4 year old’s birthday was so popular, that I decided I’d better do a tutorial. 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 tutorial to show that you don’t have to be a professional to attempt something cool!

PS: You guys better appreciate this! I actually didn’t do the best job of documenting my process while making the Dragon Cake, so I took some of the leftovers and made a mini version just so I could get some good pics of the process. And since I did put a lot of work into this tutorial, I would be tickled pink if you’d link to it, stumble it, or share it around!

So, you have a couple of ways to see it…

I wrote the whole thing up as an instructable, here. If you’re really going to try it (or want ALL the details) be sure to read the instructable, as it’s much more thorough.

Or if you just want a quick and dirty version I documented the creation of the mini dragon as a photo-tutorial here and below.

Oh, I’ll do an entire Dragon Party Wrap Up(cakes, invites, favors, etc)
this week, so stay tuned.

How to Make the Dragon Cake (example is a Mini-Version of the Original)

1. A possible skull material (the original dragon’s skull was modeling chocolate), 2. “Skull” modeled out of Tootie Roll, 3. The guts! (cake ball material-but I do recommend a light color instead of red velvet), 4. kneading, 5. Rolled fondant for head., 6. a platform for holding the cake while draping, 7. molded dragon body, 8. Place cake on an upside down cup, and drape fondant., 9. Tuck the edges under, but leave the neck and tail ends untucked., 10. Layout, and place skull., 11. Cover skull in fondant., 12. Shape tail out of fondant., 13. Roll out a contrasting color, and cut into strips, 14. Cover joints with strips of fondant, 15. Cut out a wing shape., 16. Shape the wing, and Attach to toothpick, 17. jun09 240, 18. Use a large straw (or larger circle) to make dots., 19. To make the eyes, 20. The eyes!, 21. Cover a Ball with fondant, Mold Foot from Fondant., 22. Mold the Claw, 23. Place the Claw, 24. Finished Mini-Dragon

Get the whole thing here:

How to make a Dragon CakeMore DIY How To Projects

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  • Chrissy [] :

    Thanks for redoing it for documentation's sake! I'll def be linking. :)

  • Jessica [] :

    Great tutorial. I've said it once, and I'll say it again: I just love your Dragon cake!

  • Dot [] :

    thanks guys!

  • [] :

    That thing is so, SOOO amazing! What a work of art! I'll be linking to the Instructable in my next food roundup.

  • Chica Schmica [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    RT: @ Dabbled: How to Make the Dragon Cake! (the much anticipated tutorial): The Dragon Cake I mad..

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    RT: @Dabbled: How to Make the Dragon Cake! (the much anticipated tutorial): The Dragon Cake I mad..

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    RT: @DotatDabbled How to Make the Dragon Cake! (the much anticipated tutorial): The Dragon Cake I mad..

  • craftandart [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    Dabbled – Art/Craft/Food: How to Make the Dragon Cake! (the much …

  • Janna [] :

    What an awesome cake! I found your blog thanks to a friend who pointed me here. What a great blog you have!! I'm off to check out more of your posts…

  • Heather Mann [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    Look at @dabbled’s great dragon cake:

  • Paige Lumpkin [] :

    What an amazing cake!!!!! bet your little one was over the moon!!! I know a dragon mad young teen who would love one of these! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  • Dot [] :

    Would love to see a picture when you make it!
    Also, buy your eggs and pastel candy corns now, or at the after easter sales, if you’re planning on making it in the next few months!

  • Kasmira [] :

    Great cake!
    Our soon-to-be 4 yr. old little girl wants a dragon cake too! Her b-day is the end of June….

    I have a few Q.’s:
    1. When made in advance how long does it last? I’m assuming you’d refrigerate it?
    2. It looks like the tootsie rolls used for the skull & the fondant are EXACTLY the same color…(orange)?
    Do you buy the fondant already colored, or color it yourself?
    3. Any suggestions for an alternative if I cannot find the colored tootsie rolls, or where did you find them?
    4.I’ve never worked with fondant? About how long did it take?
    5. Was this a very costly cake to make?

    I’ve made a castle, a puppy, and this year a full-size princess standing in her (cake) ball-gown, but all out of cake & frosting.
    I’m very excited to work with other materials too!

    Thank you so much for your time!

  • Dot [] :

    Hey! I’ll send you an email, but here is the info in case others are interested.

    1. Don’t refrigerate after putting on the fondant. It should be fine in a cool room for a couple of days.
    2. The similar color was coincidence. I had a bag of multi colored tootsies so I picked orange. any color, as long as it doesnt show through the fondant (so not too dark) should be fine. I found white vanilla tootsie rolls at the Dollar Tree the other day!
    I made the fondant (marshmallow fondant) and colored with food coloring.
    3. The marshmallow fondant took maybe 30 minutes to make, then I refrigerated overnight. I added the food coloring during the kneeding the next day.
    4. Not too costly. (Cheaper than buying a fancy one, certainly). Biggest cost is your own time.
    Marshmallow Fondant: > $5
    Candies: Don’t remember, I bought them on the after Easter sales – but count on a couple of dollars for each bag – so still less than $10.
    Cake: It took (including all the extra cupcakes) 3 boxes of cake mix at a couple of dollars a piece.
    Cream Cheese icing – 3-5$

  • essenzadifilo [] :

    Great tutorial !
    I love your Dragon cake!

  • Lily's Treasures [] :

    OH MY GOD… This is so succesful, wonderful ! I love it :D I sculpt dragons and such, and your sugared one is just… yumm ;D

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  • Dot [] :

    Thanks for all the nice words…!

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