When Little Miss asked for a Dragons: Race To The Edge party, one of the first things she said she wanted was a dragon cake. Not just any dragon….a Toothless Cake.
If you follow along with us, you know that chemical food dye is never on our party supply list. So I was faced with the challenge of creating an all black character naturally. Cake decorating is definitely not high on my list of talents. In fact, the cake is usually the part that frustrates me the most. I always envision a beautiful cake, I’ve even learned to plan easier designs, yet every party I stumble on the cake. (remember Mr. Monster’s farm party cake last year?)
I think this cake will go down as being my most successful…or at least a close second the Monster Cake from Mr. Monster’s first birthday.
This year, I skipped the homemade cake and found a box cake that I really like. But I had to whip up a batch of our go-to frosting from Andie Mitchell
How I created the Toothless Cake
I started with a graphic of Toothless that I felt was easy. A lot of detail in the design would have made things more complicated than I needed. I showed the graphic to Little Miss to make sure she recognized it as Toothless, and she did…so I ran with it.
I cut the shape out of the paper and gently laid it onto the cake.
Then I used a skewer (they were still out from the watermelon dragon…but you can use anything in your kitchen that is equivalent) and traced the shape into the frosting.
Next, I ground up a package of chocolate cookies in my food processor.
Using a spoon, I gently poured the cookie crumbs into the large parts of Toothless’ body. Then I smoothed them out with another skewer…they were handy! I’m sure a butter knife would work too.
For the smaller parts, I placed a small row of cookie crumbs along the edge of the spoon, lined it up to where I wanted it, then gently tapped the spoon so that the crumbs fell out together. This worked surprisingly well. (much to my relief. I was a little nervous about the small parts)
Once I was done filling in the Toothless Cake, I scooped as many stray crumbs away that I could, and cover up the ones I couldn’t with more frosting.
Of course, the candles were strategically placed near the mouth to look like he was breathing fire…even though technically Toothless doesn’t breath fire, it still looked cool. It was definitely Little Miss approved.
What a tasty way to keep food dyes out of the cake!