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Make a Dinosaur Cake - lots of ideas

Updated on September 09, 2014

Want to make a dinosaur cake?

A collection of dinosaur cakes to choose from. Do you have a dinosaur mad boy or girl with a birthday coming up? We've got a great collection of the best ideas for inspiration. Plenty of easy options if you're in a hurry. Prehistoric cakes galore!

We made a Marzipan-covered Triceratops when my older son turned 3. Although this was very well received, I thought we could do better this year, and looked at lots of ideas first. I've put together a selection of our favorite homemade recipes and examples. We've included lots of easy options, plenty of medium skill ideas and a few for the over-achievers in the audience (you know who you are ;-)

This year we chose a Volcano Cake with fondant T-Rex, Stegosaurus and friends which delighted our four year old.

Have you checked out our Dinosaur Cupcakes?

Have you checked out our Dinosaur Cupcakes?
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T-Rex Dinosaur Cake Pan

T-Rex is always one of the most popular dinosaurs. Trying to carve or model a dinosaur cake is a bit daunting for some people. A T-Rex shaped cake pan will get you started with less stress!

Triceratops Cake for our son's third birthday

This picture is of our older son's 3rd birthday cake. No it's not very good is it! But he loved it. For a third birthday dinosaur cake it just had to be Triceratops.

Our Triceratops dinosaur cake was made from loaf-shaped cakes cut into shape then covered with green fondant with details made from marzipan, including the dinosaur eggs. It's finished with chocolate balls for eyes and white chocolate drops for claws.

The best dinosaur cakes we've found - Dinosaur cakes to make

So what makes a good dinosaur-themed cake? If you search for dinosaur cakes you get a lot of cutesy dinosaurs that aren't identifiable as any particular species of dinosaur. That just won't pass muster in our house! If we produced a cake that was half brachiosaurus, half stegosaurus, with brightly-colored spots, the likely response would be "what kind of dinosaur is that supposed to be?". A bit of cartoon or comic effect is fine, but to get onto our list, a dinosaur cake must be clearly identifiable. We like homemade dinosaur cakes best, even if they're not quite perfect. A bit of cheating is fine though, part of our Triceratops was a shop bought cake - it needed to be solid.

These are the best dinosaur cakes that we've found.

Dinosaur Cake Decorating Ideas

Dinosaur Cakes - Larger Rocks Candy - 2oz bag- Use as Dinosuar Eggs as Cake Decorations
Dinosaur Cakes - Larger Rocks Candy - 2oz bag- Use as Dinosuar Eggs as Cake Decorations

Ooh these are pretty. Could do something really cool with these as dinosaur eggs or prehistoric rocks.

 

Volcano Cake with Fondant Dinosaurs

For his fourth birthday our son asked for a Volcano Cake with dinosaurs. Excellent choice. We'd found some great dinosaur cakes as inspiration and thought we could have a go.

It was very much a dinosaur and volcano themed birthday as his main present was the Playmobil Volcano with Triceratops set.

New: Volcano Cake Recipe and Full Instructions

Here's what we did:

Make a round sponge cake with a few tablespoons of cocoa powder and baked it.

Make a chocolate cake with the same recipe plus a few tablespoons of milk in a pyrex bowl and cooked it for 5 mins in the microwave.

Put the dome shaped cake on top of the flat one and cut away at an angle to get a good volcano shape. Carved a crater in the top.

Melted a large bar of milk cooking chocolate and poured in over the volcano then let it set in the fridge.

Took green, yellow and black fondant and made a T-Rex, Parasaurolophus, Dimitrodon, Triceratops, Stegosaurus and Pterodactyl. (These were much easier than I expected, my partner was very skeptical but ultimately impressed, I didn't spend much time and didn't go for perfection, but they had to be identifiable by the boys and they definitely passed that test!)

Made lava by rolling out strips of red fondant.

Use remaining fondant to create a muddy grassy green to cover the cake board and make a rock to hold the number 4 birthday candle.

We were pretty pleased with the result. It took under an hour to make including baking the cakes - decorating was a joint effort between Mum and Dad.

This Volcano Cake from Sandra Lee has full instructions including adding dry ice.

(We didn't go for dry ice this time, the kids were impressed enough as it was, we'll save that effect for the future!)

Wilton Primary Colors Fondant,  Multi Pack
Wilton Primary Colors Fondant, Multi Pack

We used a mixed pack of colored fondant to create the dinosaurs and lava. You could make your own, but we left things to the last minute! The fondant was great to work with. I just kneaded it a little and then worked with it like playdough. I worked on a silicone mat so I didn't need to use anything to stop the fondant getting sticky and I washed and dried my hands regularly.

 

Volcano Birthday Cake - with dry ice

This is very impressive.

See more Volcano cake videos.

Easy Option 1: Buy a dinosaur cake pan - Dinosaur cake tin, pan, mold

You can get great results by using a dinosaur cake pan, tin or mold with a simple sponge cake recipe. If your artistic skills aren't up to much this might be a good option - at least everyone will know it's supposed to be a dinosaur!

This cake pan reminds us of Buddy from dinosaur train.


The Ultimate Dinosaur Cake

We love the 3d Dinosaur Birthday Cake at Instructables.com. Beyond our skills, but it was the inspiration for our Triceratops cake. It's a Stegosaurus, a very good Stegosaurus. Go on, take a look, we'll still be here.

Easy Option 2: Dinosaur Cake Toppers

A dinosaur cake topper can be really impressive! You can make your own cake, or put the dinosaur cake topper on a store bought cake.


Dinosaur Cake making video - From Howdini

We're not quite sure what kind of dinosaur this is! So it doesn't really meet our criteria. But it's great to watch it being made and you could adapt it so it looks like a Brachiosaurus.

Dinosaur Cake Photos

Dinosaur Cake Pictures

There are some really creative people out there who have made some brilliant dinosaur cakes. Puts our efforts to shame! Get inspired. It's worth checking out google images for dinosaur cake too.

Easy Option 3: Dinosaur Cupcakes

A nice pile of dinosaur cupcakes can be displayed to great effect.

If you're artistic (or willing to have a go!) then you can model fondant dinosaurs like the ones we make for our dinosaur cake.

Otherwise cupcake toppers work really well on a pile of green fondant grass or chocolate mud! And the kids love to take the toppers home as favors.


Easy Option 4: Dinosaur Edible Photo Cake Topper

We've used this option before to great effect! You can get a personalized edible cake topper printed and put it on a cake of your choice. Very cool. You can go for an option that already includes a dinosaur theme, or a completely custom photo cake with a photo of your own. Perhaps you have a photo of your child with a dinosaur from a recent theme park visit?


Easy Options 5: Dinosaur Train or Diego Cake Topper

You can usually get dinosaur cake toppers on eBay featuring Dinosaur Train or Diego with Dinosaurs. A great option if you don't have much time.

Dinosaur Toys - Visit the Dinosaur Toys Store

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volcano cake base
volcano cake base

First you need to bake a round sponge cake, this will form the base of the volcano.

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 25 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • Yields: 8

Ingredients

  • 4 oz/110g butter or margarine
  • 4 oz/110g caster sugar
  • 3.5 oz/100g self raising flour
  • 3 heaped tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. 1. Heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
  2. 2. Melt the butter a little in the microwave (optional)
  3. 3. Mix all the ingredients together (I use my electric mixer)
  4. 4. Bake for 20-25 mins. I used a 8" silicon
  5. 5. Leave to cool before decorating
  6. You'll find lots of more complicated recipes and instructions, but I just throw everything together.
Cast your vote for Step 1: 8" or 9" Round sponge cake
Volcano Cake Top
Volcano Cake Top

Step 2: Microwave Chocolate Sponge Cake - The top of the volcano

Now you need to make a chocolate cake in a deep round bowl. We used a Pyrex bowl in the microwave. Quick and simple.

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: 8

Ingredients

  • 4 oz/110g butter or magarine
  • 4 oz/110g caster sugar
  • 3.5 oz/100g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 heaped table spoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

  1. 1. Melt the butter in a pyrex bowl (optional)
  2. 2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix
  3. 3. Microwave on medium for 5-6 minutes.
  4. 4. Leave to cool.
  5. You can replace the cocoa powder with more flour if you would prefer a plain sponge cake.
Volcano dinosaur cake
Volcano dinosaur cake

Step 3: Assemble the volcano and decorate

Once the cakes have cooled, it's time to assemble the volcano and decorate it with baking chocolate, and fondant lava and dinosaurs.

  • Prep time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 16

Ingredients

  • 8 oz/200g cooking or baking chocolate
  • 1 pack mixed color fondant - must include red for lava
  • A candle (or dinosaur candles)

Instructions

  1. 1. Place your Pyrex bowl cake on top of your round flat cake on a cake board. Use a sharp knife to cut excess cake to give a good volcano shape. Make a small cater in the top.
  2. 2. Melt the chocolate in a Pyrex jug in the microwave (start with 1 min intervals then reduce to 30 sec, stirring in between). The last pieces should melt when you stir the chocolate - don't overheat it. Pour the chocolate over the volcano and put in the fridge to set.
  3. 3. While the chocolate is setting, make fondant dinosaurs - I went for a T-Rex, Dimitrodon, Triceratops, Parasaurolophus, Stegosaurus and Pterodactyl. Don't overthink this. Work quickly or the fondant will get sticky.
  4. 4. Cover the cake board with the remaining fondant mixed together in a muddy brown color.
  5. 5. Roll out strips of red fondant for lava and place on the cooled volcano cake. Add the fondant dinosaurs.
  6. 6. Make a fondant rock and stick a candle in it.

Volcano Cake with Dinosaurs - The finished cake

volcano cake with fondant dinosaurs
volcano cake with fondant dinosaurs

Homemade Dinosaur Cupcakes - Dinosaur Eye, Volcano, T-Rex Skull and Dinosaur Egg Nest

Homemade Dinosaur Cupcakes
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      Janet2221 6 years ago

      Nice lens! If you should create any Kid's Birthday Party lenses in the future, I invite you to use the special Kid's Birthday Party Club template here. http://www.squidoo.com/kidsbirthdaypartyclub/hq. :)

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      spritequeen lm 6 years ago

      These are really cute ideas! Thanks for sharing!!

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      pkmcr 6 years ago from Cheshire UK

      I absolutely love the ideas here! Dinosaur Cakes sound so wonderful and you have presented them so well! Blessed by a passing Squid Angel

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      My son, the dinosaur lover, is grown now, but I still love dinosaur cakes. They remind me of his childhood and the many dinosaurs that decorated our home. Great resource for making dinosaur cakes.

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      I've always loved making theme related cakes for my kids birthdays and other special days! Loved looking at your dinosaur cakes!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      As an artistically challenged person, I think your Tricerotops cake for your son's 3rd birthday was really well done! Wish I had half the adventurous talent, and kids just love themed cake. My sister was the cake maker/decorator in my family, and she made an 'Alf' cake for my first born's 4th birthday which was a hit! Fantastic lens, full of great ideas, both for the artistic and the not so artistic!

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      MoonandMagic 6 years ago

      That volcano cake is awesome! Next time I make a cake it will be a dino!

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      JeffMcRitchie1 6 years ago

      Great cake ideas! Nice job on this lens. I love the volcano cake!

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      AllyVuitton 6 years ago

      Who says this is only for 4 year old boys? My 50 year old next door neighbour would love this! I'll invite my brother over - I seriously can't cook!

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      Lots of very good ideas here. Angel blessed for doing the work for me. We have a birthday in 26 days for a soon to be 10 yr old who will love this. It's not just for little boys.

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      MagpieNest 6 years ago

      I love that so many of the comments are about dinosaur cakes not just being for little boys. They're for girls, older boys, 50 year old neighbours! Brilliant. Dinosaur cakes for all :-)

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      Bambi Watson 6 years ago

      Fun! :)

      ~ Blessed >*

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      KeenanSteel 6 years ago

      Looks like a lot of fun, thanks :)

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      Wow, these look great. Wish I could borrow you to make my son's birthday cake :)

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      I love the cakes! My mom used to stuff like this for me when I was a kid.

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      photofk3 6 years ago

      Unusual, nice lens. Keep it up.

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      Wow! The Triceratops cake that you made is really cool looking. Nice job on this lens!

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      beerhead 6 years ago

      My youngest loves dinosaurs. He would love these cakes on his birthday. Great lens!!

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      Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fun ideas! Great lens.

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      Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

      Superb! I love the volcano cake! Really great lens, blessed by the Birthdays SquidAngel! Have also lensrolled to How to Make a Sandwichosaurus.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Volcano cake is pretty cool, what kid wouldn't like that?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Had to come back and Bless this Lens, love these cakes!!!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wish to have a taste of that dinosaur cake. Enjoyed your lens.

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Very cute - er I mean scary - for the dinosaur lovers!

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      Very cool lens! Very fun :)

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      I remember a friend of mine having ordered a dinosaur cake for her son's birthday; no fondant there, just plain chocolate cake and a bit of icing or frosting. It wasn't just lovely, it was also delicious... mmmmmm!

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      Everyday-Miracles 6 years ago

      I am not a fan of fondant, but I wonder how much could be done with marzipan, which I absolutely love. I feel like fondant can ruin an otherwise good cake :(

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      MagpieNest 6 years ago

      @Everyday-Miracles: Take a look at the Triceratops Cake that features lots of Marzipan. Marzipan is very popular in our house too!

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      Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

      I made a few dinosaur cakes when my boys were little. Fun!

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      natas105 6 years ago

      great lens! I didn't even know dino pans and dino edible templates exist! Would love it if you would check out my lens about Easter cake decorating ideas as well.

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      Greenwickpress 6 years ago

      That volcano cake is awesome! My boyfriend loves dinosaurs, I have to try to make that one. :D

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      I have to share this with my dino loving friend at work.

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      nice lens

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      elyria 5 years ago

      Can't wait to try it with my little niece!

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      RomeSal 5 years ago

      I am not so good with cake baking - I can make the usual bits but this is truly explosive and commendable...I might just get some ideas for a probable session with my little 'un. I do have some dino cookie cutters lying around which have yet to be used. Thanks for the ideas!

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      rewards4life info 5 years ago

      I love them very impressive, am I too old for a Dinosaur cake?? I would have to start with a tin and take the easy option, structures and cake don't work for me. Lensrolled to my "Novelty Birthday Candles" lens.

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      Lloyd Pinto 5 years ago from Mumbai

      Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      mattseefood lm 5 years ago

      CUTE CAKES! I definitely need to try this one next time :)

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      Pip Gerard 5 years ago

      what a fabulous lense. very enjoyable. :)

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      ColorPetGifts 5 years ago

      RARR! I love these dinosaur cakes - rolling to my dino gifts pages, many thanks -:)

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      Very, very cute...for boys of all ages especially. Thanks!

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      not only for boys, Kimbesa :-)

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      MagpieNest 5 years ago

      @EMangl: Indeed! Girls like dinosaur cakes too. And lots of adults too.

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I love Triceratops and kids love Barney. Wow! The volcano cake is impressive! What a cool idea for a dino themed cake!

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      TheFoodDigest 5 years ago

      My grandson really flipped over these cakes. Now he wants to make one.

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Cool ideas! You're welcome to include color in dinosaur designs from my Zazzle store if you like: http://www.zazzle.com/CherylsArt*/dinosaur

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      Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

      Nice...that's for sharing...May daughter, thinks she's a boy, has a birthday in 1 1/2 months. Good ideas...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I thought your lens was very cute indeed, enjoyed my visit tonight, you sure did earn a 'thumbs up' from this avid reader.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Isn't it amazing kids fascination with dinosaurs great ideas for a kids birthday

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      purpleclouds 5 years ago

      nice cakes:)

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      Katie Harp 5 years ago

      blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      leeleon 5 years ago

      nice cake

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      What kid doesn't love dinosaurs! These cakes are great.

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      JanezKranjski 5 years ago

      Great ideas for cakes. All kids like dinos.

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      jmillerepps 5 years ago

      where were you in October when my son was begging me for a dinosaur cake! LOL, I love this lens! I guess we can try it again this year!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Of course I do! And I don't know a single young child who wouldn't love it either! These are so beautiful and fun!

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      VeseliDan 4 years ago

      I will try to make a dinosaur cake. *blessed*

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      Find-Online 4 years ago

      After seeing your lens, I want to make a dinosaur cake for my grandsons. They would like the dinosaur cupcakes too. Great lens.

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      MintySea 4 years ago

      No but I want to make one but alls my decorating stops at buying cake toppers.

      I got to change that

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      MintySea 4 years ago

      No but I want to make one but alls my decorating stops at buying cake toppers.

      I got to change that

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      SimpleBlue LM 4 years ago

      It's a good job there's no dinosaur cakes on my top 10 worst birthday cake list. Lol :)

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      Lee 4 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      Tempted just to make one myself and just scoff it all in one! :D

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