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Green decorated dinosaur cake with chocolate chips and Hersey's Kisses.
5 from 1 vote

Easy Dinosaur Cake

This birthday dinosaur cake is the bomb. It is prehistorically, ridiculously easy to make (like crazy easy). This DIY dinosaur cake only needs a few ingredients.
Prep Time1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Cooling Time1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 15 servings
Author: Sydney Love

Equipment

  • 8 inch round cake pan

Ingredients

  • 1 box red velvet cake or cake of your choice, PLUS ingredients listed on package
  • 2 containers vanilla frosting premade, or make your own
  • green food coloring
  • 10 Hershey’s Kisses
  • 30 chocolate chips
  • 1 candy eye optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven as directed on the package. Grease and flour two 8 inch round cake pans. Prepare (18x14) serving tray, or cover cardboard with foil, for dinosaur cake.
  • Bake cake as directed on the package. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove from pan. Cool completely. Cut top of cake to make flat if it has risen in the middle. Refrigerate or freeze 30 minutes to make shaping and frosting easier.
  • Turn cake over so flat (bottom) side is on top. See template link found here (search “template” on the page, it’s in small writing). Cut one 1 inch slice across bottom of cake. Cut an upside down “U” in the bottom to create legs. Put cake in the middle of serving tray. Cut head and tail from second cake. Arrange head and tail on the body.
  • Set aside 3 Tablespoons of frosting. In a bowl, mix remaining frosting with green food coloring until it reaches desired color. Add a small amount of frosting between body and head, and between body and tail. Frost cake with a thin layer of frosting (crumb coat). Refrigerate or freeze for 30 minutes.
  • Frost cake with frosting (there will likely be leftover frosting). Use Hershey’s Kisses along top of cake for spikes. Decorate dinosaur body with upside down chocolate chips (or right side up if preferred).
  • Add white icing (set aside earlier) to a zip top bag and cut the corner. Use to draw on a mouth and add any white dots to the dinosaur. In place of a candy eye, use a chocolate chip and white icing to create an eye.

Notes

Use leftover cake to make cake pops!