Dragon Cupcakes

I have 8 brothers. Yup, 8. I am the only girl and I am pretty happy with it that way. The way I see other people having sisters is like a black hole of your wardrobe. Apparently they wear your clothes and borrow your makeup and don’t bring it back. What’s up with that?

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The downside of this is that I am a bit of a boy on the inside. Wow that sounds bad. I am all woman, I just don’t really like girly. . . stuff? I have a tiny Swarovski crystal pendant of a little girl with pigtails that I wear everywhere. She’s my inner girly girl who reminds me to look at the beautiful and playful side of life.

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I took this idea from my magazine subscription to Cake Decorating Magazine. I’ve had a lot of fun with their cake ideas and usually end up tweaking them a little bit for the situation. It always sneaks up on me in the mail and then I get given 5 issues in one go. Love having a quick look at them and then checking back for reference. I have a feeling I am nearing the end of my subscription but I have really enjoyed it.

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I actually thought that making a cupcake cake would be easier than a ‘regular’ cake but it wasn’t really. You still have to make the model pieces, bake the cakes, ice them and then transport an even bigger board. I stupidly didn’t glue them to the board with butter cream and as I was getting into Tylers car, the whole tail rolled off and wedged itself in between the seat belt and centre console. Not a place that you require green icing people.

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I added the toblerone as the spikes as it’s the one thing we agree on as a family. Dad always brings the 3 packs through customs when he travels for work. Like every week! And there’s never any left. I had to carve them a bit so they wouldn’t fall off the cupcakes just with their weight. Butter creamed over them again to hold them in place and then a light dust of cocoa to give the illusion of colour shading.

Follow my lead. . .

  • 24 vanilla cupcakes
  • 250g butter, softened
  • 270g icing sugar mixture
  • 20ml milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 6 drops gel food colouring (your choice)
  • 100g ready roll icing
  • Assorted gel food colouring (for details)
  • 8 pieces toblerone, cut to shape
  • 2 tsp dark cocoa
  1.  Place the cupcakes onto a 40cm x 40cm board exactly as placed in the second picture above.
  2. Using an electric mixer with a leaf beater attached, cream the butter for 6 minutes or a medium speed (4) or until whipped and fluffy. Add the icing sugar, milk and vanilla and cream for a further 6 minutes on medium speed (4).
  3. Fold through the food colouring and using a leaf piping tip, fill a piping bag with the butter cream icing and begin to pipe all over the cupcakes in a stop start motion to form rough scales.
  4. On a clean surface, begin to create the claws by taking 7g of ready roll icing and shaping gently into a 1.5cm shape, creating a point at the end. Repeat 9 times and place straight onto the feet of the cupcake dragon.
  5. To make the teeth, pull off tiny amounts of icing (tic tac sized) and shape to a small oval. Make the teeth different sizes to make them seem more realistic!
  6. To make the inside of the mouth, colour 5g of ready roll icing with red gel food colouring and roll out to a small oval shape. place onto the mouth of the cupcake dragon and top with teeth.
  7. To make the dragon eye, colour a 5g piece of ready roll icing with leaf green food colouring and toll out to a small round shape. Cut using a round 3cm cookie cutter and then cut that in half. Repeat using a white piece of ready roll icing and then top with a small round piece of black ready roll icing. You can use an M&M if you have one!
  8. Place the toblerone scales on top and ice with further butter cream icing so that you can’t see the base of the toblerones. Dust using a small amount of cocoa.
  9. Chew.



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44 Responses to Dragon Cupcakes

  1. The thought of the tail falling off in the car, and the subsequent chaos, made me smile – but it must have been seriously stressful at the time! This looks so cool and I really like the idea of making an overall cake shape from individual cupcakes, even if it is more challenging than ideal. I hadn’t realised you were the only girl amongst 9 children either!

  2. Anita Menon says:

    So creative. love the idea.

  3. What an awesome idea! It looks so real!

  4. I accidentally came by your blog and my first reaction was: “SO CREATIVE! D:” So I had to come and say this ;)
    You have the completely wrong idea about sisters though! I’ve got two ‘girly’ sisters, while -by the sound of it- I’m more like you: not really girly.. I practically get given clothes and make-up! The day they borrow stuff from me is the day the world ends ;)

    • foodmyfriend says:

      Haha! Lovely to meet you :) I love hearing about how people are with their sisters. All my brothers make jokes about me being their Mum because I’m so motherly lol. Weird.

  5. TBM says:

    Now this is cute and sorry to hear about the tail. And 8 brothers–I bet that scared some of your dates.

  6. Johanna GGG says:

    How cute – any cakes with green and lots of chocolate make me happy (and a cute smile on the cakes helps too) – I love making fun cakes but hate transporting them in the car – always get worried about them slipping and sliding about. I’ve had a p plate sign fall on chocolate decorations on a cake that was in the sun – not at all fun!

  7. What a great dragon! I’ve always wondered if cupcake cakes are easier to decorate. Hope the frosting wasn’t too difficult to clean out of the car!

  8. Asmita says:

    This is such an awesome and creative idea! Love this dragon.

  9. Just wow! I don’t know if I would have the patience to decorate them so well as you did Cass. Amazing job and your dragon would look great in our pastry shop. =)

  10. Daniela says:

    This is such a cute little dragon, with or without tail!
    Reading how the tail fell off in the car was such fun.
    Great post!

  11. laurasmess says:

    Such gorgeous cakes!! Love the amazing piping on them. Wish I could eat my way through the screen right now Cass… mmmm :) You are one talented baker x

  12. I know this is a dragon but it is near my dinosaur loving heart so I’m in love with this!

  13. trishie says:

    That is the most awesome cake ever! Love it!

  14. OMG cass. this is AMAZING!!!

    xx gemma @ andgeesaid.blogspot.com.au

  15. These look so so adorable, Cass!!

    8 brothers?! THey must be over-protective of you ;)

  16. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    I love this cupcake dragon! he’s so bloody cute!

  17. Saskia says:

    Cass, this is the most gorgeous cake I’ve seen in a long time. I hope the recipient was amazed! I love his hooded eyes, and using toblerone pieces as spikes is pure genius (and delicious)! Oh no – iced cakes and cars are not a good mix. I still remember way back in primary school, sitting in a car with my friend and her mum who had baked 100 lamingtons for a school function. She slammed on the brakes and the whole car was full of flying cakes, coconut and my friend’s mum’s tears.

  18. Delicious looking cupcakes, the dragon idea is too adorable :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  19. such a cute dragon cake…perfect for our tiny tot’s upcoming birth day,thanks for the inspiration :-)

  20. How fun to grow up in a big family! And how fun is this dragon cake…You are a patient person Cass!

  21. this looks so good!!
    and i bet it is super delicious as well! :D

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