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Easy Dinosaur Cake {Dino Cake}

Easy dinosaur cake (dino cake), homemade with simple ingredients. This DIY birthday cake is composed of two tiers of chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, candies, crushed Oreos and toy dinosaurs to create a faux Jurassic Park world.

This is a great and easy option for a themed party. Plus, you will definitely earn brownie points with your child if you make this fun cake for his or her birthday. If you have a little dinosaur fan at your house, you should also check out these Dinosaur Cupcakes and Dinosaur Cookies. Want something a bit different? Check out all these great Birthday Cake Ideas!

How to make easy dinosaur cake (dinosaur birthday cake) from scratch?

  1. Bake cakes– And allow them to cool completely.
  2. Prepare frosting– And chop up some of the candies in half.
  3. Cut cakes– In half horizontally and spread icing on top.
  4. Place other half– Of each cake on top and secure together.
  5. Ice cakes– fully in icing.
  6. Stick dowels– Or straws in the center of the cake.
  7. Place other cake– On top of the dowels and press gently.
  8. Arrange toys– On the cake to look like the dinosaur era.
  9. Sprinkle on- Chopped up candy bars, chocolate stones and Oreo crumbs for dirt.
  10. Puddle ganache- Around some of the dinosaurs.
  11. Place dinosaurs- Along the side of the cake.

Variations for Jurassic world cake/ Jurassic park cake

Use different cake toppers- Such as fondant, paper, or cake toppers you can purchase online.

Use different candy dirt- You can use various cookies and candy substitutes to make up the “dirt,” such as Sugar Babies, chopped up Crunch Bar, Nerds, M&Ms, or Milk Duds.

Try other frostings- Such as Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting, Chocolate Buttercream Frosting, or Healthy Coconut Cream Frosting.

Other Cake Shapes and Sizes-

Try Other Cake Flavors- Such as vanilla, Funfetti, Red Velvet, or another one of your favorites.

Add a Filling- Such as Homemade Vanilla Custard, Raspberry Pie Filling, or Marshmallow Frosting.

Tips and techniques for Dino cake/ T-Rex cake

Wait for cake to cool before frosting- So that the frosting doesn’t melt on the cake and you get a cleaner look.

Wash toys before applying- Because you don’t want germs or particles on your cake.

Only use cookie part of Oreo- You don’t want the cream part, because it will make them gooey and less dirt-like.

Use dowels or straws- Don’t skip this part, because it helps keep the cake together when you are stacking them on top of another.

Use cake boards- That are the same size as the cake for added support and stability.

Dinosaur cake toppers

There are many different options, but I really enjoy using toys. However, you can also use fondant shapes, paper goods, or purchase options online to complete the dinosaur look.

  • Make 3D dinosaurs out of fondant.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut out dinosaur shaped fondant and apply to cake.
  • Make cardboard dinosaur cutouts decorated with food safe materials.
  • Purchase pre-made dinosaur cake toppers online or at a local grocery store.
  • Purchase edible dinosaur images to place on the cake.

Simple dinosaur cupcake cake

Cupcakes are arranged in dinosaur shape, then decorated with buttercream icing using various decorating tips. Sometimes even fondant accents are used to make things pop. These are easy to pull apart and eat at parties- similar to my Football Pull Apart Cake or Watermelon Pull Apart Cupcake Cake or Flower Cupcake Bouquet.

Storage of decorated cakes 

Make Ahead- You can decorate and store this cake for up to 1 day before serving.

Fridge- Place in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Freezer- Place unfrosted cake in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Thaw and then decorate.

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Easy Dinosaur Cake (Birthday Dino Cake)

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Decorating time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Easy dinosaur cake (dino cake), homemade with simple ingredients. This DIY birthday cake is composed of two tiers of chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, candies, crushed Oreos and toy dinosaurs to create a faux Jurassic Park world.
Yield: 20 People

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • Bake cakes and allow them to cool completely.
  • While the cakes are cooling, prepare the frosting and chop up some of the candies in half.
  • Place each cake on a round cardboard cake board that's the same size as the cake.
  • Cut each cake in half horizontally and spread icing on top.
  • Place the other half of each cake on top and press gently to secure together.
  • Ice both cakes fully in icing and use the back of a spoon to create a rustic pattern.
  • Place the 8 inch cake on a large rustic serving board.
  • Stick 4 dowels or bubble tea straws in the center of the cake and cut straws to the correct height.
  • Place the other 4 inch cake on top of the dowels and press gently to stick the 2 tiers together.
  • Arrange the washed dinosaur toys on the cake and on the large rustic board.
  • Create an illusion of a Jurassic Park world or a prehistoric era site by sticking chopped up candy bars, chocolate stones and sprinkle Oreo crumbs for dirt.
  • Create a puddle of ganache around some of the dinosaurs to represent wet mud.
  • Stick some dinosaurs along the side of the cake to show they are climbing the tiers.
  • Be sure to decorate the tiered cake as well as the large board to create a bigger story. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 621kcal, Carbohydrates: 109g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 561mg, Potassium: 237mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 81g, Vitamin A: 29IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 155mg, Iron: 3mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 621
Author: Abeer Rizvi
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