This lava Dino cake was a lot of fun to make and was quite simple. We started with a Betty Crocker Vanilla Rainbow sprinkle cake - at my son's request. The icing used on the cake was the standard butter icing recipe with lemon flavoring since that is my son's favorite.
The icing was then left natural for covering the sheet cake (10" x 14") and the remainder was colored yellow, orange, red and green. The volcano was made using the standard rice crispie square recipe with Ghirardelli cocoa added for color.
The volcano was created with a well, holding a marshmallow and then covered with icing - so that the sparklers could be secured. My son's aunt (who actually did the official decorating) then used Oreo cookie crumbs and chocolate sprinkles to make the earth around the volcano. She then applied the different colored icing in bands around the base of the cake and added the green dinosaur Cake Mate sprinkles around the top band of yellow and around the brown cookie crumb earth.
Red and orange icing as well as a sour strawberry gel candy were applied together and draped down the volcano to simulate lava. Red sugar sprinkles were added for sparkle. Finally freshly scrubbed dinosaur figurines and plastic palm trees were added to complete the scene. A dinosaur succumbing to the lava and another dinosaur being consumed by a prehistoric gummy anaconda (complete with red icing blood) help complete this cretaceous creation.
For this Dino cake I used two 9" round cakes. I also used a template that can be found at: http://www.bettycrocker.com/NR/rdonlyres/302061DE-E198-46D1-AAAB-CF7D64007848/0/dinosaur_cake_instruction.pdf , if this link doesn't work go to Betty Crocker.com, type Dinosaur Cake in the search box on the upper right-hand side and it should be the first cake that pops up, you will be able to access the dinosaur template from that page.
This cake was really easy to make. I used a white cake mix, store bought butter cream icing that I tinted neon green, 5 large marshmallows that I cut crossways to make the spikes on his back, one mini marshmallow that I cut in half for his eyes, some blue tinted buttercream for his spots and toes and finally some white buttercream for his teeth. I had a bit of batter left over so I made 2 mini cupcakes and stuck spiral candles in them.
I found that it was easier to carve the dinosaur from the 2 round cakes after they had spent about an hour in the freezer. There were less crumbs that way. I also applied a thin crumb coat using the neon green icing to help seal in any loose crumbs and then popped it back in the freezer for about 45 mins to set before I applied my final layer of icing.
I made this Homemade T-Rex Birthday Cake for my daughter's 7th birthday. It is made with a homemade white cake recipe from The Betty Crocker cookbook. I added colored sprinkles to the batter. Before I actually made the cake, I made a template out of paper to see how much of the cake I could use and turn into other body parts. I knew I wanted a complete T-Rex and not just the head.
I started with a 9x13 pan and cut out the body and head as my largest pieces. Then the other pieces I added from the leftover scraps. These were strategically chosen to fit other parts of the dinosaur. You may end up with a few left over pieces after trimming out the shape you want. They are all attached with icing. I made my own fondant out of powdered sugar, vanilla extract and butter. The eye and teeth are M&M's, the inside of the mouth is pink buttercream frosting. The finishing icing is chocolate buttercream frosting.
The party was a dinosaur/horse theme (her two favorite things), so the horse is made out of fondant laying on a bed of green cut gumdrops. I tried to make it proportionate to the T-Rex.