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I made this dinosaur cake for my twin daughters' 3rd birthday, they love dinosaurs at the moment - so I had to come up with something appropriate!

Dinosaur Cake

The cake was a chocolate mud cake packet mix. I used a deep 9 inch round tin (for the head) and two muffin holes in a muffin pan (for the eyes). When the cake was cooled I cut the shape from a template.

The cake was then frosted with butter cream frosting and decorated with red snakes, smarties, marshmallows and ice-cream wafers with sprinkles.

Butter cream recipe:

4oz butter beat together with 1 1/2 cups icing sugar (powdered sugar), 2tbs milk and pink food colouring.

Needless to say it was a real hit, but I think I had just as much fun making the cake!

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Malysa N.
Bothell, Washington

Dinosaur Cake

This is the dragon / dinosaur cake that I made for a friends' daughter's birthday. I used the Wilton Teddy Bear pan for the body. I cut the ears off of the cake after it's baked and then I used the Wilton wonder mold for the tail. I cut the cake from the wonder mold in half long ways and stuck it upside down to the back of the bear with butter cream frosting. Then I continued using pieces from the rest of the wonder mold cake to form the tail.

It's best if you use white cake in these molds because they come out better and even better if you reduce the amount of oil in your cake to one tablespoon instead of however much it says on the box!

To make buttercream frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1/2 cup shortening

  • 1 tblspn vanilla

  • 4 cups of powdered sugar

  • About 2 tblspns milk

Beat the butter and the shortening together first, then the vanilla, and gradually add in the sugar until thick. It will seem dry until you put just the right amount of milk in, but do that gradually too, because you want it to keep its stiffness.

Color most of your frosting green, but make sure to save a little white for the eyes and then just heap the frosting into a disposable icing bag with the large star tip and go to town. The stripes are optional!

I recommend doing the mouth and nostrils with your black frosting first because they are easier to frost around. When you're all done with the body and the face, THEN you put the eyes on. You just put a little white frosting on where the eyes go and get your finger wet with water and smooth it out; I used black frosting from the store bought tube for the middles of the eyes.

For the spikes, I melted some vanilla candy melts (you can use any color) and used a spoon to put the melted candy on wax paper in a triangle shape. When they cool they harden (you can speed up cooling by sticking them in the freezer for a few minutes) then you have to sort of push them into the cake, and make sure they're not too thick, because the weight will pull them off of the cake.

The things you need for this cake are as follows:

  • White cake mix

  • Buttercream frosting

  • Disposable icing bags and some tips

  • Wilton teddy bear pan

  • Wilton wondermold

  • Candy melts

  • Wax paper

  • Food coloring or icing coloring (either works fine)

  • Store-bought tube of black icing

It really is easier than it looks; it just takes time and patience.

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Sam,
Goletta, CA

Dinosaur Cake

This pan was a Wilton dinosaur cake pan and a long loaf pan as the road and mini loaf pans were cut to buildings.

The dinosaur is covered in stars and his back is cardboard triangles covered black. I also outlined it in grey. The pole is also cardboard. The buildings are painted with colored frosting and dots made the windows. Flames were added and colored yellow and red. The road has cracks added and I also added a car later to go in a crack for the broken road.

This dinosaur cake served about 40 people.

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Roxanne K.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dinosaur Cake

I baked one large round (in the largest round spring form pan) and one square. (I used 2 cake mixes.) Take the round and cut it in half and stand up the cake on the cut edges. I used bamboo skewers to hold the cakes together so they would stay standing.

Take the square and cut it in half, then cut one of the halves in half on the diagonal/triangle. Place one each for the head and tail. Take the remaining half of the square and make 4 legs.

I iced the cake with chocolate icing. For the plates and spikes, I used chocolate covered graham cookies and cut them to shape.

Dinosaur Cake

The dinosaur cake was an absolute hit!!!

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Tomara B.
Boynton Beach, FL

Dinosaur Cake

For my son's 4th birthday, he requested a dinosaur cake since he loves dinosaurs. As soon as I saw this dinosaur cake idea on the Web, I had to try it.

A couple days in advance I tinted fondant 2 different shades of purple and cut them into triangles of different sizes (for the spikes on the back.) Allow them to dry and harden. This dinosaur cake is made from two regular 9 inch round pans.

After the cakes are cooled, cut the first one in half. Stick them together with frosting, flat sides lined up. This part will become the body of the dinosaur. On the second cake, you will need to cut it into thirds, crescent shaped. One piece will become the tail, the second the neck, and the third (cut this in half, and stand on end) will become the head.

Attach all pieces with frosting to keep in place. Next I tinted the frosting green and covered the entire dinosaur. There were a lot of crumbs in the frosting, so I then piped in the stars all over (with a size 21 tip, but you can use smaller.)

You will need to use extra frosting to pipe in the legs, eye ridges, and nostrils. Finally, I used fondant to form the eyes, tongue and toe nails, and added the purple spikes at the end.

This same dinosaur cake idea can be used to make a dragon, just add teeth instead of a tongue and fire out of the mouth.

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Jennifer S.
Medina, NY

Dinosaur Cake

My son loves dinosaurs and so he wanted a dinosaur cake. I did some research on the internet and found the idea for this cake.

It is your basic cake mix. I used two 8" round pans (you can use bigger if you need to feed more people). It was actually my first 3D cake I ever made. It turned better than I thought it was going to. My son loved it.

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Andrea S.
Madison, WI

Dinosaur Cake

I didn't have much time to make this dinosaur cake so I used a cake mix and prepared two 9x11 sheet pans of yellow cake. I prepared a drawing of the dinosaur and made a template of basic shapes that I cut from the cakes and assembled on a surface. I made a lot of green frosting and frosted it thickly.

My son helped me decorate the dinosaur with various candies like M&M's, gummy peach rings and candied "fruit" wedges. He also added jimmies and sprinkles because he wanted too. It was a festive dinosaur cake!

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Vicky R.
Malaysia

Dinosaur Cake

This is the dinosaur cake I made for my son, who love's dinosaurs. I searched through the Net for ideas to make a dinosaur cake.

For the body of the dinosaur cake, I used a round cake cut in half and propped up side by side. The tail is a crescent shape from another round cake. The head is a heart shaped cake cut in half and done the same as the body. The frosting is butter icing piped from a star shaped nozzle. The dinosaur was really easy to make.

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Amy B.
LeClaire, IA

Dinosaur Cake

I made this dinosaur cake for my son's 5th birthday party. Ingredients: Royal icing, 2 cake mixes (your choice), butter cream, frosting (3 batches).

I made a 9" round cake from each of the cake mixes, and then mini and full size cupcakes from the rest of the batter. I took the first round cake and cut it in half, stood it on the flat sides, and used frosting to help it stick together. This became the body of the dinosaur cake.

For the other round cake, I cut a crescent shape on both sides for the tail and neck (half the crescent) and I cut the center section in half to make the dinosaur cake head. I shaped the remaining crescent for the legs in front. I crumb coated the entire dinosaur cake and then used a star tip and covered it in the purple my son picked out.

While the cakes were baking I also piped stars, which I used for the toenail/claws and dinosaur cake eyes. My son also insisted that his dinosaur cake stegosaurus have a beak- which according to his dinosaur book they do!

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Catherine B.
Richmond, VA

Dinosaur Cake

My three year old son wanted a dinosaur party and as he has several food allergies, I chose to make the dinosaur cake myself rather than buy him a cake that he couldn't eat (with the help of my fabulous sister-in-law!). I wound up making 2 cakes-the first an egg-free smaller dinosaur cake for my son (and anyone who wanted to try it) and a larger "normal" dinosaur cake for everyone else.

For each dinosaur cake, I baked one round cake and one square cake. I cut the round cake in half and positioned each half on its cut end, using frosting to hold them together as the body.

Then I cut the tail, legs and head out of the square cake and "glued" it all together with frosting.

Dinosaur Cake

Then we dyed the frosting green and purple and each frosted one dinosaur cake as smoothly as we could. The scales, fingernails, eyes, mouth and other details were made out of fondant that had been cut in shapes the night before and then left out overnight to dry. We were all happy with the end result!

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Sonya M.
Tallassee, AL

Dinosaur Cake

I made this dinosaur cake for my son's 4th birthday. He was really into dinosaurs, and this cake was a hit. I made the dinosaur cake from a French-vanilla cake mix (one box). I baked and cooled the cake.

I then mixed up a batch of butter cream icing to decorate it. I mixed lighter colors so as not to make this dinosaur look mean or scary. I outlined the cake with a Wilton tip #16 and filled in using tip#16 with appropriate colors. For his party, we had several activities such as dino-bowling, pin the tail on the dino, a dinosaur dig, and we had a dinosaur piñata.

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Capri B.
Cleveland, OH

Dinosaur Cake

This is our dinosaur cake that we made using suggestions from previous posts. Her stegosaurus was brown (chocolate) - ours is green. For his spikes we used salty crackers and colored them green with cake spray color! For his nostrils we used raisins. For his toenails we used chocolate chunks cut up and his eyes were pieces of gum (we colored in a dark spot with a permanent marker - not edible!!). As previous posts on this site gave great simple instructions, this was a breeze!!

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