Easy to Make Dinosaur Themed Birthday Cake

Everything Dinosaur team members get sent in lots of emails about dinosaur party food.  We are happy to send out suggestions and provide advice, our staff like to offer advice on healthy treats such as fruit and vegetable based snacks, but then there comes the problem of the centre piece – the birthday cake itself.  Not to worry, here is a simple and easy to follow recipe to make a sponge cake shaped like a meat-eating dinosaur.

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Simple to make dinosaur birthday cake.

Simple to make dinosaur birthday cake.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Ingredients

To make each sponge base (you will need to make two sponges, so double these ingredients) 
175 grammes (6oz) of butter
175 grammes (6oz) of caster sugar
3 large eggs
175 grammes (6oz) of sieved self-raising flour
To ice and decorate your dinosaur birthday cake 
225 grammes (8oz) of icing sugar
225 grammes (8oz) of butter
Few drops of green food colouring
One small pack of mini-marshmallows (to make the teeth)
One small piece of liquorice (to make the mouth)
One jelly button (to make the eye)
One liquorice cartwheel cut into quarters (to make the claws and toes)
Small pack of chocolate mint squares (each one cut in half to make the spines down the back)

As for decorating your dinosaur, you can use anything you like, so be imaginative and we are sure the budding young palaeontologist in the household would be happy to advise and help.

Method

1. Grease two large 20 cm x 30cm (8 inch x 12 inch), baking trays.  In a mixing bowl, cream butter and caster sugar together until pale and creamy.  Beat eggs in a jug then add them to mixture (a little at a time, beating as you go).

2. Add a quarter of the flour to the mixture, dropping it through the sieve again from a height above the bowl (helps make the sponges light and airy).  Gently fold in the flour using a metal spoon.  Repeat this process until all the flour is folded in.  You should have a mixture that will drop off a spoon easily when the spoon is tapped against the side of the bowl, if the consistency is not right add a tablespoon of hot water.

3. Divide the mixture between the two tins, then place them on the middle shelf of a pre-warmed oven at 170°C / 325°F (Gas mark 3) for 25-30 minutes or until they are pale golden in colour.  Remove from the oven and wait a minute then loosen them round the edges with a palette knife turn them out onto a wire cooling tray. Let the sponges cool completely before cutting and decorating.

 The Sponge Cake and the Dinosaur Template

Ready to cut out the dinosaur shapes using the template

Ready to cut out the dinosaur shapes using the template

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Using the dinosaur template provided by Everything Dinosaur* download the template and print it out onto paper.  Then using the paper cut-outs as guide create the same shapes on stiff card.  The sponge can then be divided up to make the various parts of the dinosaur.  Do not worry about the joins, they will be covered up by the icing and the decorations.  Remember to leave the sponge for a while to cool before attempting to cut out your templates.

To download the template for the dinosaur simply visit Everything Dinosaur and then scroll down the home page to the bottom and click the link entitled “Dinosaur Party Cakes”.  In these pages, you will find the template download plus lots of other recipe ideas.

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