I decided to make a dinosaur cake for my son’s 4th birthday as he LOVES dinosaur. This is my first 3D cake so I did my research on the internet (including looking at your website!) before trying to make it.

Scratch Cake:

I decided to use a very easy but yummy banana cake recipe.

  • 4oz butter or margarine
  • 6oz sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 big bananas
  • 8oz self-raising flour

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180°C/350°F.
Mash the bananas.
Cream the butter and sugar together and mix in the eggs. Mix the mashed banana and mix in the flour. Pour into bake tin and bake for about 45- 50 minutes.
I baked 2 banana cakes using an 8 inch circular cake tin. Scratch cakes are denser than ready mix ones as they don’t crumble as much. Cool the cakes completely. Then cut one cake in half to use as the body of the dinosaur.

Making the Body:

I found a simple dinosaur cake stencil on wiki. Use a piece of paper and copy the stencil. Once the second cake has cooled, cut out the body parts using the stencil.

Icing:

I used a big tub of butter cream icing to stick the body parts together to make the desired shape and also to cover the cake.

Fondant:

I decided to use fondant to cover the cake rather than icing as it looks neater. I used Satin Ice Ready to Roll fondant in blue to cover the cake. Once the excess fondant was removed, I used my hands to gently shape the cake. I made some marking on the body using fondant modelling tools and used the Wilton spray on color mist to give the body more color and shading.

Decorations:

I used some red and yellow ready to roll icing to make spikes for the stegosaurus. I cut out some triangles of different sizes and left them to dry for a day. Once they are dried, I added them to the cake, bigger spikes on the back and smaller ones on the tail. I then used green icing as claws and added eyes and mouth. I then made a nest with some excess icing and added some chocolate eggs