July 25, 2011

Guest post: how to make a dinosaur cake

Today's post comes from my preschool son, who is currently busy planning his upcoming birthday party.  In his mind, this will be a major extravaganza, the most important element of which is an elaborate dinosaur cake.  I can bake a cake, but I am not a cake decorator.  I thought I had come up with a compromise when he agreed to a cake with dinosaurs posed on top.  I was envisioning little plastic dinosaurs perched atop chocolate cupcakes when he wandered back into the kitchen to double check something: "Mommy, not toy dinosaurs, though.  Dinosaurs made of frosting."  Agh!  I was so close!  Unfortunately I do not know how to make a dinosaur out of frosting, so while I was spending some quality time with Google and the "how to make a dinosaur cake" search findings, he decided to spare me and draw out his concept cake.

Here's what he wants:

As I studied this drawing trying to imagine how to create this impossible cake, he again took mercy on me and decided to write out the recipe.  Here it is, in case you want to make a similar cake of your own:


Can't read the directions?  I've annotated the recipe below:


See?  How hard can it be?

6 comments:

Sarah said...

Can you find a dinosaur mold and make chocolate dinosaurs for the top? Good luck! Sarah

Nikki said...

I love his step-by-step instructions. If you follow them, then the cake should be amazing Ha!

Kara K said...

Hilarious! James is so articulate. Just like his mama :) Typically libraries carry cake molds - I know that the Urbandale library usually has quite a few.

Nicole @ one half world said...

I found a cake mold today, but when I showed it to him he said he wanted a cake with three dinosaurs on it. And an elasmosaurus (large prehistoric sea creature) swimming underneath. Apparently the T-Rex cake mold is not going to cut it.

Sarah said...

Buy modeling chocolate and let James mold the dinosaurs to go on top. He can create his own birthday cake. Wish we could be there.

Nicole @ one half world said...

Oh, I didn't know there was such a thing as modeling chocolate! I am thinking maybe I should do either chocolate or fondant dinosaurs on top of a plain cake. Thanks for all the advice, guys!

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