Dragon Cake

This idea came to me after seeing baby dragon cakes.  I thought it was something I could probably pull off.  The monthly Boys’ Night Out at church was coming up and it seemed like a good enough excuse to make a cake.

My idea was to make a baby dragon that was lying down.  That way, I wouldn’t have to deal with all of the structural components involved with a standing dragon.  I made the cakes: 2 12×18 cakes and 1 9×13.  The third cake was just to give the body that extra bit of height, so I didn’t have to be as big as the other two.  Here’s a picture after making a first pass cutting out the general shape:

Dragon first pass cut

Dragon first pass cut

Here it is after all of the carving was complete and I covered it with some buttercream.  I think I made the buttercream a little too thick for this project.  I ended up cutting the end of the tail off.  Yikes!

After adding the first layer of fondant, I think I was disappointed.  It was not very dragon-like at all.  I was hoping the scales would make a big difference.

Is this a dragon or armadillo?

Is this a dragon or armadillo?

So the scales made a big difference.  Of course, now it looks more like an armadillo.  A dead armadillo.  But, hey.  The scales are shiny, huh?  Those were individually cut and applied.  Remind me not to do that one any time soon, OK?  I finished the eyes and put some wings on it.  Surprisingly, they made a big difference.  Though I’m not sure it looks too much like a blue baby dragon.  It looks more like a baby blue dragon.  Here’s the finished cake:

It was a big hit at Boys’ Night Out.  We slew the dragon.  It turns out that dragon meat tastes a lot like cake. :-)

Slain dragon

Slain dragon

I made a spin-view image where you can see the dragon from 360 degrees.  Go to this link:
http://www.tracyprobst.com/Cake/DragonCake/

3 Comments so far

  1. Andy G. on March 8th, 2009

    Excellent dragon. Amy suggested red-velvet cake innards for next time, just for realistic cutting and eating.

  2. Bernadette on March 24th, 2009

    I like your idea, I think I’ll give it a try! I wonder how it would look if I did the legs out of rice-cereal to lift it up a little… I guess I could get the head to still lay on the ground as though it were attacking. I also like the red-velvet cake idea… but kind of gross :D

  3. Tracy on April 1st, 2009

    I think you can make cool looking legs out of rice cereal, but it wouldn’t be strong enough to hold the cake up in the air. But you can build a smaller platform and put it underneath the cake so it’s barely visible.

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