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Dinosaur Party Cake

 Dinosaur Party Cake
A smile can be happily "contagious"! When the CT home economists spotted Annie Lang's imaginative party set that leads off this section, they got busy baking a companion cake you can craft in your kitchen. All you need is a purchased cake mix and purchased frosting to get started (or follow your favorite recipe for either if you prefer from-scratch). After that, it's merely a matter of using patte
9 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) vanilla frosting
  • Green, yellow and black liquid or paste food coloring
  • 2 pastry bags or small heavy-duty resealable plastic bags
  • #3 and #5 round pastry tips
  • 2 wooden craft spoons (ice cream spoons)


  • Mix and bake cake according to package directions, using a greased
  • and floured 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-1/2-in baking pan. Cool in pan for
  • 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Trace the patterns for the body, face, feet and arms onto waxed
  • paper; cut out. Divide and cut the cake lengthwise into an 8-in. x
  • 9-1/2-in. portion for base and 6-1/2-in. x 9-1/2-in. portion for the
  • pattern pieces. Arrange the pattern pieces on the smaller portion,
  • making sure to cut two arm pieces. Place the body on a diagonal on
  • the base.
  • In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of vanilla frosting and green food
  • coloring to make dark green color. Using a metal spatula, frost the
  • body. Position the arms and feet on the body. Position the arms and
  • feet on the body. Cut face piece in half widthwise to reduce height;
  • position on the body.

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Dinosaur Party Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In another bowl, combine 3/4 cup vanilla frosting and green and
  • yellow food coloring to make a lighter shade of green. Cut a small
  • hole in the corner of the plastic or pastry bag for pastry tip.
  • Insert #5 tip into bag. Fill bag with lighter green frosting. Pipe
  • frosting onto feet, arms and face; smooth with a small metal spatula
  • or butter knife.
  • Cut two craft spoons according to the arms/scales patter. Lightly
  • frost the spoons; let dry completely and insert into top of head for
  • scales. Combine 3-4 tablespoons of vanilla frosting and black food
  • coloring.
  • Prepare another plastic or pastry bag; insert #3 tip into bag. Fill
  • with black frosting; set aside. Using remaining vanilla frosting to
  • frost base and form eyes and teeth. Using black frosting, pipe an
  • outline around body and arms. Follow the pattern, also pipe designs
  • on face and feet. Yield: 9 servings.
Editor's Note: This is an approximate measurement due to natural but variable cake shrinkage.