Make Dinosaur Cupcakes - lots of ideas
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
Image: Author's own.
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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.
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!)
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.
More Prehistoric Treats
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
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
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
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
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.
More Fossil, Bone, Skull and Skeleton Cupcakes - For a paleontologist in training
Fred and Friends Fossil Food
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.
Silicone Volcano .54 Oz, 24 Cavities
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.
Rock Pick and Stegosaurus Bones Cupcakes
Rock Pick Cupcakes
Rock Pick Paleontology Instructions - For a Dinosaur Paleontologist
I used the 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. Estwing E3-22P 22-Ounce Rock Pick
These cupcakes work well paired with the Stegosaurus Bones cupcakes for a paleontology theme.
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
Still need more ideas? Let's see what we can find on eBay today.
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