Dora Cupcakes

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Christiana George
Christiana George
Welcome to The Tart Tart, my not-so-tart take on food, writing, and photography. I decided to start up this sucker after repeated nagging from Chris, my fiance, who cannot understand why the sight of a farmer’s market would send me into ecstatic convulsions (okay, total overstatement. I can be quite the histrionic at times).With that said, my interests, though chiefly in food, also span fashion, design, literature, and photography. So don’t mind the seemingly non sequitur odds and ends I toss in posts at times.

I made these 2 years ago when my daughter was into Dora the Explorer.  The recipe is from Nick  It really easy and fun to do with kids.  Gosh, she looks so little.  My how time flies!

Dora Cupcakes

You will need:

1 1/2 cups dark-chocolate melting wafers

1 can (16 oz.) prepared vanilla frosting

Brown and red paste food coloring

24 semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 roll (3/4 oz.) strawberry or cherry fruit leather (such as Fruit by the Foot®)

1/2 cup dark-chocolate frosting

Resealable plastic bags

Dora Cupcake Template (see below or go to )


Line two cookie sheets with wax paper and place the Dora Cupcake template under the wax paper.

Melt the chocolate wafers in a medium glass bowl in the microwave until smooth, about one to two minutes, stirring frequently. Spoon the melted chocolate into a resealable plastic bag. Snip a small corner from the bag, pipe the outline of Dora’s hair, and fill in with the chocolate. Repeat to make 12. Place the cookie sheets in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes or until the chocolate has set.
Spoon 1/3 cup of vanilla frosting into a resealable bag. Use the paste food coloring to tint the remaining frosting a light reddish brown. Remove two tablespoons of frosting and tint it a darker brown; spoon this into a resealable bag.

Frost the tops of the cupcakes with reddish-brown frosting. Peel Dora’s hair from the wax paper and arrange on top of each cupcake.

Snip a small corner from all the bags of frosting. Pipe white eyes and light-brown centers freehand. Press a chocolate chip into the eyes, flat side up, as her pupils. Pipe a white dot on top of each chip.

Cut a 1-inch triangle from the fruit leather for Dora’s mouth. Outline her nose, mouth, and hair with the dark chocolate frosting.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Makes about 12 cupcakes.

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