I found this Dino Dig site cake idea in the March '09 Family Fun magazine, and I just HAD to try it! I think it turned out great, and I so hope my son wants a dinosaur birthday party next so I can make it again!
I made a chocolate sheet cake and covered it with chocolate buttercream icing. The icing doesn't have to be perfect, because you then cover the whole cake with crushed chocolate graham crackers. It works best to put the graham crackers in a Ziploc bag and run a rolling pin over the bag to crush.
Use your hands to cover the top and sides of the cake with the crumbs. For the boarder just break off small and medium pieces of graham cracker and push them down into the cake all the way around.
The dino bones are sugar cookies. You can go to familyfun.com/magazine for the template. Just search for the "Dinosaur Dig Site" cake. After rolling out the chilled cookie dough, I used a regular steak knife to cut around the bone templates. Bake the cookies and then arrange them on top of the cake. The final step is to sprinkle a few crumbs over the dino bones. It's that easy!
I use Wilton's buttercream icing: 1 cup vegetable shortening 1 cup butter or margarine 2 tsp vanilla 2 lbs powdered sugar 1+ tbs milk to thin add 1 and 1/2 cups cocoa for chocolate
*Live & Learn* I had a hard time finding the chocolate graham crackers for this cake. If you can't find them, it's okay to use regular graham crackers, Oreo's, vanilla waffers or any other brown cookie. Dirt comes in all different shades, so get creative!
My son Jaden (4) has been all about Dino's. I told him I would try to make a Dino cake for his class but that I was not sure if I could do it.
This was my first time making a 3D cake. I looked at some of the other pictures and directions on this site to get an idea of what I liked and how to do it.
It took two tries to get the cake right but in the end I was happy with it. On my first attempt the head was in the air (as they are in some of the other cakes on this site) however the head fell off over night so we kept that cake home.
Later in the week I decided to try again but this time I kept the head lower to the surface vs. up in the air and knock on wood this one stayed together and Jaden's pre-k class loved it.
I used 2 9" round pans. I cut one cake in half and using icing frosted them together for the body. Using the 2nd cake I cut out what I thought would look like legs and a head using icing to hold the pieces together. Once assembled I used a star tip and piped orange and green frosting throughout the cake. I also cut triangles from sugar sheets and used them for spikes; the finger nails were chocolate chips; and the eyes were candy eyes purchased at Wal-Mart.