My very first cake of 2017, was for a friend and former coworker. She asked if I could make a dinosaur cake for her little boy, Owen. Owen wanted a blue dinosaur with green accents and made out of chocolate cake. Easy enough! She had sent me some examples off of Pinterest of dinosaur cakes she liked made of both cake and cupcakes. Outside of Owen’s requirements, she was pretty much giving me free reign. None of the pictures quite spoke to me so I started looking at pictures myself. I wanted a version of a dinosaur that I could make out of one batch of cake since that was about what she needed. I ended up merging a couple different designs that I saw into this cake design. Believe it or not, this is made of two 8″ round cakes.
One of the rounds made up the main body. It was cut straight down the middle and set on the flat ends. The other round was cut into various shapes to make the rest of dinosaur. I wish I would have taken a picture of the template but I did keep it for future reference, so maybe next time. You can kind of gather by the picture below the set up though. The tail was an outer crescent of the cake, and the rest went toward the head, neck, and feet. There was very, very little scrap left which is was I was going for.
Once I had the structure of the cake complete, I started icing using a star tip. I like using the star tip for cakes like this because it is really hard to get smooth icing on cakes with a lot of pieces and crevices and I refuse to use fondant. I started by icing all of the blue first leaving a space for the eyes and nostrils. Then I filled in the eyes and nostrils and touched up any blue around those areas.
Last, I printed a template for a diamond shape and used it under wax paper to make some green chocolate scales. When I am going to be sticking an accent into a cake, I like to use chocolate since it is much sturdier than royal icing and will withstand being pushed into the icing and cake.
The green added a nice touch and a pop of color. Way to go Owen. The cake turned out really cute and I think he liked it, even though he was too shy to say so. I am glad I kept all the templates because I see myself making this one again with all the little boys in my life.