This is such an adorable Dinosaur Cake idea! I think that this design would work great for a Dinosaur birthday cake, a Toy Story cake (make the green a little darker) and also would work for a Barney cake (just tint the icing purple).
To make the cake I mixed up a chocolate cake mix and baked it in the Wilton dinosaur cake pan. When it was cooked I let the cake cool for about ten minutes then I cut off the bottom, to make the cake level (do this when the cake is in the pan to help prevent cracking). I then let the cake cool a couple of more minutes and then I flipped it onto a cooling rack and let it completely cool.
I mixed up Butter Cream Icing from the Wilton recipe:
- 1 cup of white vegetable shortening (I used Crisco)
- 1 teaspoon Wilton Flavor Vanilla (get the clear vanilla so the icing will be white)
- 8 teaspoons of water
- 4 cups of icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon of Meringue powder (I used Wilton)
Mix shortening (cream it), vanilla and water; then add the dry ingredients.
I mixed my colors (green, yellow, pink, and black). I first iced the outside of the cake using the tip #789. By using this tip I avoid getting crumbs into my icing. For the top of the cake I used tip #3, 5 and 7 for the outlines, nose, stomach, tail, teeth, eyes, and spikes. Then I used tip #16 for all the green scales. If you wanted this to go faster you could use the tip #18 it is a larger size that will make the star shape, but I thought that I wanted smaller stars for the small scales on the skin of the dinosaur cake.
I was very happy with the way that the cake turned out. I was most impressed that by using the tip#789 you could not see the chocolate cake through the white icing. I never knew that a dinosaur could taste so yummy!
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