Easy Dinosaur Cake

by Kelsey Norwood

in Food

dinosaur birthday cake

Since we’ve been spending so much time at Thanksgiving Point’s Museum of Ancient Life, Elliot is totally into dinosaurs and so we’ve been planning on having dinosaur birthday cake for a while. I love how it turned out, and it was super easy to make.

Here are some basic instructions:

  1. Using a chocolate cake mix, bake 2 – 8″ round cakes. (I used my Wilton Ultra Gold pans and my cakes were perfect!)
  2. Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes.
  3. Let cool on a cooling rack for an hour.
  4. Cut the tops off with a bread knife to even them out.
  5. Cut 1″ off the bottom of one cake and cut out a U shape to make the legs.
  6. Cut the head and tail from the second round cake.
  7. Put the three pieces together in the dinosaur shape.
  8. Freeze the cakes for a couple hours.
  9. Make up some vanilla frosting and color it green (or your favorite dinosaur color).
  10. Frost the top and sides.
  11. Make spikes along the dinosaurs back with Kisses and decorate the rest with Kisses and other chocolate candies.

dinosaur birthday cake

Dinosaur cake was a huge hit for Elliot’s birthday this year. As I am not very artistic, I might be talking Elliot into dinosaur cakes for the next few years or at least until I can come up with something else this cute and easy!

Happy cake eating!


1 Sarah April 6, 2010 at 8:11 am

Very cute. Love things that are simple. Thanks… now I just need a little boy to make that for.

2 Michelle April 6, 2010 at 9:30 am

Great idea for the spikes, hope your little guy had a super birthday!

3 Julie B April 6, 2010 at 10:01 am

Love the cake, and the birthday boy smile :) I’m not very good at piping on decorative frosting so I really like the way you added on candy accents instead. I’m impressed with the kisses spikes, would never have thought of that.

4 Kimberly R April 7, 2010 at 5:59 am

He looks pretty happy with that cake – I think any young one would be! Great job.

5 Missy April 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm

HOW cute is that? I may have to steal this idea when our young man turns two.

6 Kelsey April 11, 2010 at 9:14 pm

It’s seriously so easy and requires no fancy pans or anything. That was a major selling point for me – I just don’t have room in my cupboards for another specialty pan! And the possibilities are endless…I could have wrapped the tray in foil and made some grass out of frosting underneath the cake. And a sun and maybe some mountains and trees if I really wanted to go crazy. Which I didn’t…maybe next year!

7 Sue D April 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm

This is so cute. I love simple cake ideas. I am going to file this idea away for the future. I always decorated my kid’s cakes with simple ideas and just did a castle cake for my granddaughter–unfortunately it wasn’t simple enough!

8 Jennifer M April 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Kelsey, your so talented! I love it!

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