I made this Stegosaurus cake for my son's 4th birthday party (but it could very easily be converted into a dragon or crocodile). The body was made from a round chocolate cake, cut in half across the top to make 2 half moon shapes and sandwiched together with caramel (sweetened condensed milk boiled in the microwave until golden brown), then placed on the tray with the cut side down.
The head, feet and tail were cut from a large rectangular chocolate cake and shaped. The whole cake was covered in rolled green fondant stuck on with more caramel. I cut out loads of "scales" with a teardrop shaped cutter and stuck those onto the body and tail, then coloured some of the fondant purple to make the two rows of bony plates down the sides of the body and tail and the spikes on the end of the tail.
I coloured some icing black and used it to make the mouth, nostrils, pupils for the eyes (which were just white) and claws on the feet. I used leaf cutters to cut out hundreds of leaves in light and dark green to scatter on the foil covered tray. I sprinkled the entire dinosaur with edible glitter.
To make a dragon replace the bony plates with wing shapes and for a crocodile leave them off completely and add some sharp white teeth!
My son has wanted a dinosaur birthday every year from age 2. When he turned 4, I decided to make his T Rex cake as I did not think the ones I bought every year were "cool" enough.
I found this cake topper of a motion sensored popping T-Rex that roared and had red eyes. You can buy it from any cake store or online. Search T-Rex cake topper and it usually comes up. Otherwise, I found mine on eBay. It was just the thing I needed to make his dinosaur/Jurassic scene.
So I used the yellow cake mix I normally use from allrecipes.com (four egg yellow cake) and made my own white chocolate buttercream and a raspberry filling. The cake was a layered 9x14 cake but I had to cut a triangle piece out of the top layer which fit the T-Rex cake topper. I also made cupcakes (rocks or extra mountains in the scenery) to make up the difference.
Now to finish off the outside, I covered it with the buttercream and used white frosting and colored it blue, green, red/orange to decorate. I also added some trees that came with the topper, and I used a cupcake to make a volcano that oozed "lava". It was everything my son wanted. He couldn't stop saying "Wow, that's cool, my Mommy made that."
My son wanted a standing T-Rex cake for is fifth birthday. My husband and I have always tried to make cakes for the kids but this is was our biggest challenge. We started with a frame made from a cake plate and PVC piped to support the body and and neck and to make the legs and tail.
The PVC was bolted with pipe fitters to 3ft x 3ft piece of plywood. The legs, tail and head are shaped with rice crispy treats, covered with modeling chocolate and finished with fondant. The body is 12 (yes 12) 9in round cakes carved into the shape of the body. Then covered with homemade marshmallow fondant tinted green. We tried numerous attempts to cover it all in one piece, but that was a challenge, in the end we pieced it together but it just texturized the t-rex skin.
We also used brown food paint to the back. The cake took about 12 hours to complete over several days. The final cake was 40 inches tall and almost covered the 3ft piece of plywood. We had to transport the cake over 50 miles to the party spot. My son loved the cake, now he wants a different dinosaur every year. We haven't decided it we would take that challenge on again.