Dino Birthday Cake
- 2 boxes Betty Crocker Devil’s food cake
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cup water
Icing and Decorations:
- 2 containers Betty Crocker Creamy deluxe vanilla frosting
- 3 teaspoons green food coloring
- 2 packets of chocolate icing from the cake mix
- 1 medium packet M&M’s (Just the brown ones – the rest are for mommy!)
Prepare cakes in two 9-inch round cake pans as per the directions.
Freeze both cakes before cutting and frosting. When ready to create your dinosaur, remove the cakes from freezer and trim tops so both cakes are the same height and sit flat on the board when turned upside down.
Cut a slice off the bottom of one cake and create an upside down “U” shape to make the dinosaur body. Make a template of a head shape and a tail shape on a 9-inch diameter piece of paper and cut these from the second cake.
Arrange all pieces of cake into dinosaur shape on a tray or cake board.
Open frosting packets and reserve 2 tablespoons of the (white) icing for the teeth and eye dots. Tint the remainder of the frosting with 3 teaspoons of green food coloring. Mix well. Place a big smear of this frosting on the bottom of each piece and position into final dinosaur shape. This helps it stick to the tray or board.
Apply a thin coat of icing all over the dinosaur and return to the fridge for an hour. This is called a crumb coat and helps seal the cake so the final product is smooth and crumb free. Recoat the cake in a final coat of icing smoothing all edges ready for decoration. Give the Dinosaur back spots, toes and two eyes with the M&M’s. Use a piping bag to dot the eyes and make some teeth with the reserved white frosting.
Take the chocolate icing packet and squeeze into piping bag and pipe some spikes onto the board above the Dinosaur (a freezer Ziploc bag with the tip cut off one corner works well if you don’t have a piping bag). Surprisingly this cake freezes really well. If you are freezing it add the M&Ms just before serving.
- Freeze the cake before you start to cut the shapes, as this will give you a sharp edge to all the cuts you make as well as keeping the crumbs to a minimum.