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Dinosaur cake submitted by Raquel L. from Brisbane, Australia
Cake submitted by Kari G. from Hysham, MT
The cake base is a double layer 11x14" crazy chocolate cake with peanut chocolate frosting in the center.
The blue water is a little cream cheese frosting from the jar colored blue.
The volcano is a double batch of Rice Krispie treat formed around a 20 oz sports drink bottle. Leave the bottle in the volcano and add dry ice for a "smoking effect" during the party.
The trees are artificial mini trees found at a craft store.
No-bake cookie dough was added around the cake so we could fit the 2nd tree on with the pteranodon nest. I placed a green plant sponge thing under the no-bake dough to hold up that palm tree.
The nest is made out of no-bake cookies, and the eggs are the robin eggs found around Easter time.
The T-rex is sneaking around the volcano ready to attack. The dinosaurs used were Schleich animals that my daughter already had.
Candy rocks and green coconut shavings were randomly added throughout the cake to add some texture.
Chocolate PB frosting:
Cream together peanut butter and cocoa. Add powdered sugar, salt and vanilla. Add enough cream to spread.
Crazy Chocolate Cake Recipe:
Mix all ingredients in a 11x14 inch pan. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Frost with your favorite frosting.
Dinosaur cake submitted by Katie R. from Wodonga, Australia
I made this 3D dinosaur for my son's 7th birthday. This was my first ever attempt at a 3d cake, and it turned out great.
First, I made 3 packets of vanilla cake mix. Then I put an even amount into 4 separate bowls, and dyed each bowl a different color with food dye. I used blue, pink, yellow and green.
Then alternating I evened the cake mixes between 3 round 20 cm cake pans, and used a knife to swirl the color together. Let them cool over night.
I cut one of the round cakes in half, and sandwiched the halves together. Using a template I drawn up for the body pieces, I cut out the other 2 round cakes for the rest of the body: head, tail and legs. Assembled them using buttercream to make them stay in place.
When I was happy with the shape, I used some wooden kitchen dowels to hold the head, the tail and legs in place. I did a crumb coat over the entire body using a green buttercream frosting.
Then I made up a large batch of buttercream and tinted the colors I wanted for the dinosaur.
I fitted my piping bags with a star tip, and I piped stars over the entire dinosaur in the pattern that I wanted. Then I cut small, medium and large triangles out of colored fondant. Used a toothpick to make them look like scales.
Let them dry and harden overnight, and then used them on top of the dinosaur and its spikes. I used red M&Ms for the eyes and brown M&Ms for the toenails. I sprinkled the dino in edible glitter just to give him a bit of a sparkle.
The cake was kept in the fridge, but I suggest you take it out of the fridge 30 min. before serving to allow the buttercream to soften.
That was how I made my first 3D dinosaur cake.
Cake submitted by Becky L. from Olathe, KS
I used a 12x18" cake pan and Betty Crocker yellow cake mix. For the volcano, I used a Pampered Chef bowl and a chocolate cake mix.
The icing was Wilton's buttercream frosting for the large cake (tinted green). I used regular Betty Crocker canned icing for the chocolate.
I decorated the cake with my son's dinosaurs, trees and rocks. The pond was tubed cake decorating icing. The volcano lava was red tubed cake decorating gel.
It was my first themed cake, but I will be doing it again for my 4 year old twins.
Dinosaur cake submitted by Jennifer J. from Weatherford, TX
I used a regular cake mix for this cake. You can buy or make it from scratch. (I've read that homemade cake mix doesn't crumb as much as a store-bought mix.)
The cake was chocolate and the icing was a simple buttercream icing.
Icing Ingredients and Recipe:
Reserve a small amount of uncolored icing for the teeth and eyes before adding food coloring. (I doubled this recipe so I was sure to have enough.)
Beat softened butter with a mixer until creamy. Sift sugar before adding slowly to creamed butter.
Add vanilla and then milk/water. The amount of liquid will vary on the consistency you would like your icing to have. More milk - thinner and creamier icing. Less milk - thicker icing.
Don't be afraid to add more than listed here. Humidity will play a factor in how much liquid you need to add.
I used two 8 inch round cake pans to make this cake.
After baking the cakes and letting them cool, you need to level them off. I just take my largest knife and cut the cakes even. Make small, slow back and forth motions with the knife as you go across the cakes.
After leveling, I flip them over to remove from the pans and place on my wire rack to get ready to cut out the shapes. I suggest you do this slowly. Run your knife around the edges to loosen the cake.
Now, draw and cut out paper template in a dinosaur shape. Simply place the paper on the cake and slowly, with a sharp knife, cut the shapes out of the cake. The slower you go, the less likely you will mess up, or cause too many crumbs.
Discard the excess cake (I let the birthday boy eat most of it). I didn't want to buy a cake board. So I just made one from cardboard covered with foil, and taped the edges down.
You will need to have your icing ready before you place your pieces together on the cake board. You need a little icing on the bottom of the pieces to "glue" them down on the board.
Start with the body, put a dab of icing on the bottom of the piece and place on the board. Repeat the same "gluing" with the tail, and the neck pieces.
Once you have the pieces in place, you are almost ready to ice. Place the cake in the freezer for 30 min. before you ice it, and it will not crumb as much.
You will also want to do a crumb coat. This is just a coat of icing that you put down carefully trying not to get crumbs in it. But if you do, you will be putting the final coat on next, anyway.
Crumbs are the enemy here. So, be diligent and patient, and it will be worth the effort.
Now you should have the cake together iced with a crumb coat. The final layer of icing should be smooth and without crumbs. Again, be patient and diligent and the cake will be amazing! Now, the best part - getting to decorate!
Place the spots on the dinosaur's body. Don't forget the toes and eyes. And the Hershey Kisses are the spikes on the top. I did two rows because I thought it looked better (it helped cover my few crumbs that got through).
After you placed all the chocolates, you then want to place the plain icing (that you reserved in the beginning) in your piping bag. Put dots of white icing with the small tip on the chocolate eyes and for the teeth.
I also did the toes for fun, even though it wasn't part of the original design. I wrote "Happy Birthday" on the cake board underneath the dinosaur with the same white icing and tip.
Now you've completed the cake! Take pride in your hard work and what you accomplished. Your little one is going to love it! Have a great party and remember to have fun!
Dinosaur cake submitted by Allison S. from Bloomfield, CT
I made a double cake recipe (white and chocolate for all taste buds!) While the cakes were baking, I mixed my own buttercream frosting with both green and blue food coloring, and set aside.
Once the cakes cooled, I frosted one cake and made it the bottom layer. The cake was covered entirely in green frosting. Then I placed the second layer on top. And again frosted with green frosting.
Then it was time to decorate. I added some plastic dinosaurs, rocks and trees from my son's play set. I arranged them in a scene.
I then used blue frosting to represent a river flowing. Crumbled up graham crackers to resemble rocks/dirt!
Dinosaur cake submitted by Candice C. from Eagle Pass, TX
For my son's 3rd birthday, my mom and I worked together to make an amazing 3D stegosaurus cake.
Two days before the party, we made the scales and the spikes and left them out to dry. My mom molded the head and tail out of Rice Krispie treats, made with less butter and extra Rice Krispies. We left those out to dry as well.
The morning before, we baked and froze the cakes. (We used 3 layers of 9x13 cake.) My husband build the cake base out of a piece of plywood and 4 wooden dowels.
That evening we carved the frozen cake to fit the cake board, leaving room for the head at the front and the tail at the back.
Then we used an extra dowel to make 4 hollow legs. Each leg was molded on the spare dowel, and then set aside. When all the legs were done, we lifted the cake and slid the legs onto the 4 dowels on the cake base.
Next we covered the entire dinosaur with one huge piece of fondant, and began to trim and mold it into place leaving wrinkles at the legs and tail. We extended the Rice Krispie tail with extra fondant and attached details like the scales, spikes, eyes and nostrils.
The kids absolutely loved the cake. People were coming into the party saying "someone already text messaged me that I had to get here to see the cake before you cut it!"