Rex the Dinosaur Cake

Rex the Dinosaur Cake

Delight dinosaur lovers with a cake that's made easier with Betty Crocker® cake and frosting. Print out this template and use it as a guide to cutting and assembling your dinosaur.

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box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® devil's food cake mix
cup water
Vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
Tray or cardboard (18x14 inches), covered paper and plastic food wrap or foil
containers Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Betty Crocker® gel food color
milk chocolate candy drops or pieces, unwrapped
Assorted round chocolate candies (candy-coated chocolate candies, miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits, coating wafers, chocolate chips)
Betty Crocker® white decorating icing (from 4.25-oz tube)
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Spray bottoms and sides of two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans with baking spray with flour. Make and bake cake mix as directed on box, using 1 cup water, the oil and eggs. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans to cooking racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Refrigerate or freeze 30 to 60 minutes for easier handling.
  2. For body, cut 1-inch slice from edge of one cake. From cut edge, cut out small inverted U-shape piece. Place body on tray. From remaining cake, cut head and tail. Arrange head and tail pieces next to body.
  3. Spoon frosting into large bowl. Stir in enough food color until desired green color. Spread thin layer of frosting over cake pieces to seal in crumbs. Refrigerate or freeze cake 30 to 60 minutes to set frosting.
  4. Frost cake pieces with remaining frosting. Use milk chocolate candies for spikes along back of dinosaur. Decorate body with assorted candies. Use 2 candy-coated chocolate candies for eyes and white decorator icing to make centers of eyes and teeth. Store loosely covered.
Makes 15 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Use a variety of candies, like chocolate rocks and chocolate chips, to make your dinosaur come alive.
Serve your dino on a large rectangular cheese slate or make a display board by covering a sturdy piece of cardboard with colorful wrapping paper, foil or cooking parchment paper.
Watch our how-to video to see each step of the process then print this handy cake template to make cutting out the pieces a snap.
Follow our Dino Party Guide for table setting ideas, inexpensive treats and a complete foolproof menu.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving (Cake and Frosting Only))
  • Calories 430
    • (Calories from Fat 160),
  • Total Fat 18g
    • (Saturated Fat 4g,
    • Trans Fat 3 1/2g),
  • Cholesterol 40mg;
  • Sodium 370mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 63g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 45g),
  • Protein 2g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 3 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 3 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 4;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.