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Make Dinosaur Cupcakes - lots of ideas

Updated on December 12, 2013

Want to make dinosaur cupcakes?

A collection of dinosaur cupcakes to choose from. Do you know a birthday boy or girl who loves prehistory? Why not make these brilliant party treats. We've got a great collection of the best ideas for inspiration. There are plenty of easy options if you're in a hurry.

I have included my own homemade collection of designs including: edible T-Rex skull toppers, Easter dino egg nests, volcanoes and scary dinosaur eye decorations. These are simple enough to make any time, you don't need to wait for a birthday party!

Image: I made these!

Photos of these four designs are the author's own.

DinosaurEgg's Dinosaur Cupcakes

This page includes my own collection of dinosaur cupcakes, or fairy cakes as we call them in the UK. Instructions included. Plus lots of links to the best recipes and decoration ideas that we've found for further ideas.

My own homemade prehistoric fairy cakes

Dinosaur Cupcakes
Dinosaur Cupcakes

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Dinosaur Egg Nest Cupcakes for Easter

Dinosaur Egg Nest Cupcakes for Easter
Dinosaur Egg Nest Cupcakes for Easter

Easter Dinosaur Egg Nest Cupcakes - Marzipan, Cocoa powder

Marzipan is very popular in our house so I tend to use it a lot. Don't forget to check for allergies when making cakes for guests though.

Instructions

These Easter Dinosaur Egg Nest Cupcakes are really easy. Many dinosaur eggs were elongated and arranged in a circle as any true dino fan will know ;-) I made the eggs by shaping small pieces of marzipan and then placing them on the cupcake - the marzipan is sticky enough that you don't need anything else to keep it in place. I then added a dusting of cocoa powder dirt.

I used mini Silicone cupcake cases for these nests, but you can scale them up to fullsize cupcakes or muffins, or even a big Easter cake to share.

The boys helped to make these by placing the eggs onto the cupcakes. (And by eating them - they both love marzipan!)

Cupcake Recipe

This is the Cupcake Recipe that I used for my own dinosaur cupcake recipes on this page. I've used it with and without cocoa powder for vanilla or chocolate cupcakes.

Easy Option 1: Cases and Kits

Just whip up a batch of white cake mix - homemade or from a box and let the decorated cases do the hard work.

Dinosaur Eye Cupcakes

Dinosaur Eye Cupcakes
Dinosaur Eye Cupcakes

Ingredients and Equipment - Green, yellow and black fondant

You'll need these items or similar for the decoration. A silicone rolling pin makes life easier.

How to make Dinosaur Eye Cupcakes

Instructions

To make the Dinosaur Eye Cupcakes I used pre-colored fondant to make it easy. I rolled out the fondant as thin as possible (kids don't need too much fondant!) with my silicone rolling pin dusted with a little icing sugar to avoid sticking. Then I used plain round cookie cutters to cut fondant circles which I layered up. Then I shaped a scary black slit lizard pupil and a green eye ridge.

I used a little bit of jelly to stick the eye to the cupcake. The kids really enjoyed helping (actually they just grabbed any spare scraps of fondant ...)

I used mini Silicone cupcake holders for the dinosaur eyes. You could make them bigger if you wanted.

Nordic Ware Pro Cast Dinosaur Cakelette Pan

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We love that the design of the pan is a big footprint, it's a nice detail.

Makes eight muffins - there four different designs and their mirror images.

T-Rex Skull Dinosaur Cupcakes

T-Rex Skull Dinosaur Cupcakes
T-Rex Skull Dinosaur Cupcakes

How to make T-Rex Skull Cupcakes

The T-Rex Skull Cupcakes were really easy! I just cut T-Rex skull shapes from Edible Wafer Rice Paper and stuck them on with a smear of jelly.

My four year old loved these - T-Rex is his favourite dinosaur.

You Will Need ... - Edible wafer paper

Wafer paper is very easy to work with, just use sharp kitchen scissors to cut.

Fred and Friends Fossil Food

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Silicone cupcake dinosaur skulls molds in the shape of T-Rex, Parasaurolophus, Triceratops and Pterodactyl.

Fill with chocolate cake and serve in the molds so kids can excavate their own fossil! Shovel-shaped spoons work really well with these.

Easy Option 3: Fun Toppers

Pop a cake topper on a cupcake for a nice quick result. Some toppers also work as party favors for kids to take home with them.

Volcano Cupcakes

Volcano Cupcakes
Volcano Cupcakes

Silicone Volcano .54 Oz, 24 Cavities

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This is a neat way to make little volcano cake bites!

Volcano Cupcake Decoration - Chocolate with fondant lava

To decorate the Volcano Cupcakes I used a clay extruder (these are commonly sold and used for baking purpose although they were originally invented for pottery. Pop some red fondant and then yellow fondant in, extrude and you have lava. Arrange it running down the cupcakes into pools.

If you bake flat cupcakes you can always turn them upside down before decorating.

More Volcano Ideas

There are some really creative designs for this popular theme, here are my favorites.

Easy Option 4: Sprinkles and Decorations - Pop some dinosaur egg rocks on a cupcake

Add some (colored) frosting to the top of your cake and then add a rock or some sprinkles to decorate. Simple.

Paleontology

Rock Pick and Stegosaurus Bones Cupcakes

Rock Pick Cupcakes

Rock Pick Cupcakes
Rock Pick Cupcakes

Rock Pick Paleontology Instructions - For a Dinosaur Paleontologist

I used the Estwing E3-22P 22-Ounce Rock Pick as the model for these rock pick paleontology cupcakes. I rolled out red-fondant and cut out circles and then modelled the pick from blue and yellow fondant.

These cupcakes work well paired with the Stegosaurus Bones cupcakes for a paleontology theme.

Stegosaurus Bones

Stegosaurus Bones
Stegosaurus Bones

How to Make Stegosaurus Bones Cupcakes

For Future Paleontologists

For these Stegosaurus Bones cupcakes I cut the shapes of fossil dinosaur bones from rice paper. I cut slits into the cupcakes with a sharp knife and then inserted the ends of the bones into the slits. I dusted the bones with chocolate powder dirt.

I went for a Stegosaurus because its bone plates are so distinctive. This one looked better in practice than in the photo. My boys knew it was a Stegosaurus skeleton immediately which made them feel like paleontologists!

Dinosaur Cupcake stuff on eBay

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      HolidaysMom 5 years ago

      I love the dinosaur eye cupcakes!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      These are all so absolutely great! Love it!

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      cupcakeideas2011 5 years ago

      These cupcake are perfect for Jurassic themed cupcakes! Kids will surely enjoy these tasty and unique cupcake.

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      howards522 6 years ago

      Love these cupcakes! Thanks for sharing!

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      WebWriteGirl LM 6 years ago

      ooo dino cupcakes! so gonna try to make some this wknd! great lens!

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      ForestBear LM 6 years ago

      Yes, they are really cute! Nice lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love all the different designs for dinosaur cupcakes.

      For some reason my sweet tooth is acting up now.

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      OMG! These dinosaur eye cupcakes are stunning! They watched me from your profile page, that is why I ended up on the lens, couldn't do otherwise!

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      great and really yummy lens... :)

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      The cupcake with the dinosaur eyes was cute :) Anyway, thanks for sharing these as well!

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      These look so delicious! Nice lens.

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      MagpieNest 6 years ago

      @athomemomblog: Thanks! The dinosaur eye cupcakes were my favorites too. My four year old likes the T-Rex skulls best and my 2.5 year old likes the nests - he loves the color yellow and marzipan.

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      Genesis Davies 6 years ago from Guatemala

      My boys would be thrilled with these! I'm going to have to make the eye ones with them. :D Excellent job!

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      I love these cute little dinosaur cupcakes! And they look yummy, too. I'm sure kids will love decorating as well as eating them. Great job on this lens! Blessings! Sundae ;-)

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      sidther lm 6 years ago

      They look so yummy! Great lens!