How to make a 3-D dinosaur cake

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How to make a 3-D dinosaur cake
A basic cake can be turned into a 3-D dinosaur cake. (cake decoration. cake with chocolate and nuts insi image by L. Shat from

A dinosaur cake can be a sweet addition to a child's dinosaur-themed birthday party. You can make a three-dimensional cake that pops a bit more than a traditional, flat sheet cake. A dinosaur-shaped cake sits up and draws attention to itself. A professionally made cake like this can be costly, and you can bake and decorate one yourself without breaking the bank. A few basic baking materials and some other adornments are all you need to quickly put together a 3-D dinosaur cake.

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Things you need

  • Cake mix
  • Round cake pan
  • Knife
  • Green icing (frosting)
  • Spatula
  • Baking tray
  • 4 snack cakes
  • Doughnut
  • Toothpicks
  • 2 graham crackers
  • Coloured icing (frosting)

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  1. 1

    Mix a basic cake batter of your choosing per the cake mix instructions. Pour the batter into a round cake pan and bake. Let the cake cool before handling.

  2. 2

    Cut the cake in half so you have two matching half moon cake halves. Attach the pieces together by using some frosting as a glue to hold them together in a double-layer half moon shape. Set the piece sitting upright, with the round part up, on a baking tray.

  3. 3

    Lay an oval-shaped snack cake on both sides of the upright cake at one end, and on both sides at the other end, to look like the legs of a dinosaur as it is sitting down.

  4. 4

    Attach a round doughnut at the top of the cake on one end to look like the dinosaur's head. Attach it in place by sticking a toothpick through the doughnut and into the cake.

  5. 5

    Cut two graham crackers in half at a diagonal so you have four triangular graham cracker pieces. Stick these upright into the top edge of the cake to look like the spikes on a dinosaur's back.

  6. 6

    Coat the entire cake, Twinkies, doughnut and graham cracker pieces with green icing (frosting).

  7. 7

    Draw eyes and a mouth onto the doughnut face of the dinosaur using coloured icing (frosting).

Tips and warnings

  • Let kids help decorate the cake with sweets and icing (candies and frosting).

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