I made these 2 years ago when my daughter was into Dora the Explorer. The recipe is from Nick Jr.com. It really easy and fun to do with kids. Gosh, she looks so little. My how time flies!
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 http://www.nickjr.com/recipes/dora-cupcakes.jhtml?path=/recipes/dora-the-explorer/all-themes/all-ages/index.jhtml )
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.