This homemade dinosaur birthday cake is perfect for any Jurassic Park lover. Simply made with just a few tools and ingredients, it will be a hit at your next party. Keep reading to learn how to make a dinosaur cake for kids. (or kids at heart!)
A few years back, I went all out and made Ryan the cake of his dreams – a monster truck cake. To this day, he still talks about it.
A dinosaur birthday cake for my middle
Next up, I tried my hand at figuring out how to make a dinosaur cake.
So I headed to Google and went searching to find some inspiration for the dessert of his dreams. In my search, I found a few things I liked, but nothing screamed, “Owen would LOVE this!” to me.
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Notes about how to make a dinosaur cake
- You can very easily make this a 4 layer cake if serving a larger crowd. Just bake an extra layer or 2 and double up the top and bottom layers.
- This works with both homemade and storebought frosting. Just make sure you whip it up to soften and make it easy to spread if using canned.
- Save your cake scraps to use as crumble as “dirt”.
- I used new, clean dinosaur toys, but you could easily use what
youhave already. Just make sure you clean them ahead of time.
Tips for frosting a dinosaur cake
- Make sure your frosting is room temperature. If it’s cold, it won’t spread well and will tear your cake.
- Your cake MUST be cooled completely. I like to bake mine the night before or morning of.
- Put a ton of frosting right on top and spread to the edges. Slowly work from the top center of your cake to the edges.
- Be generous with the frosting. You can take some off, but it will go on so much easier if you add more than needed.
Need more dino themed food? These Dinosaur Homemade Pizza Pockets are the perfect pre-cake food!
How to Make a Dinosaur Cake
What you’ll need to make a Dinosaur Birthday Cake:
When making these DIY birthday delights, I try to keep it as simple as possible. I don’t use anything super fancy because I don’t do this often and don’t want to store them. Here’s what I use!
- Offset spatula
- 3-4 round cakes, cooled and unfrosted
- 2 batches (or at least 3 cans) of chocolate frosting
- Round cutter
- Serrated knife
- Plastic sandwich bag
- Green pipeable frosting with a grass tip
- Chocolate candies that look like rocks
- Plastic dinosaurs
How to assemble the dinosaur cake
Time needed: 30 minutes.
How to assemble the dinosaur cake
- Make your cakes
Bake at least 3 round cakes. I baked mine in 9 inch pans, using 2 boxes of boxed mix as per the directions. Use homemade or boxed, just make sure you have 3-4 round cakes.
- Start layering.
Put a dab of frosting on the base where you want the cake and place your first layer down. I used a round pizza pan, but a cookie sheet or cutting board would work fine. Make sure you have room to make your dino-scape. Frost your bottom layer of cake with chocolate frosting.
Cut about ⅓ of the second cake round off. This is going to create
dimensionfor your cake. Place on top, making the rounded edges flush in the back.
- Make the volcano.
Take a circle cutter (3-4 inch diameter) and cut 2 circles from the leftover cake. Stack with a layer of frosting in between, place on your cake in the back corner of the top layer.
Secure with a wooden kabob or long toothpick. Stick it through the top of the volcano and into the top layer of the cake. Trim the stack to create a cone shape for your ‘volcano’ and frost.
Add red food coloring to a small amount of white frosting (I used canned). Put the colored frosting into a small sandwich baggie. Snip the very end of the baggie and pipe “lava” coming from your volcano.
- Frost your cake.
Frost the entire cake, not worrying about making it perfect. The best part about a cake like this is that imperfections are totally fine.
- Cover your base.
Now that we know more or less how much extra chocolate frosting we have, spread a thin layer of frosting to your base and top with crumbled cookies and/or cake as dirt.
- Create a lake.
Add blue food dye to more white frosting and repeat the process with creating a piping bag from a sandwich baggie. Create a “lake” on one level by outlining your shape and then filling in and smoothing with a butter knife or offset spatula.
Create a “waterfall” from one level to the next the same way, creating a pool on the base for your waterfall to land.
- Decorate the dinosaur cake.
Using a store-bought squeeze bag of green decorating icing, create tufts of grass throughout the scene and along the banks of your lake. If you want to use your own, you’ll need a star or grass tip for piping.
Using the leftover crumbled cake, cookies, and candies, add rocks and dirt to your cake. Finally, add your toy dinosaurs, and then you’re done!
It might look like a lot of steps, but I promise a lot of it is simple, objective things to make it look cool and nothing is pastry school level. I finished mine in about 30 minutes, but I also was doing to really cool kitchen dance party moves in between.o really cool kitchen dance party moves in between.
Okay, so tell me – do you have someone in your life who would love this cake? Do you make or buy your kids cakes? Let me know in the comments!