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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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  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 0 min
  • Servings 15

Ingredients

1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ devil's food cake mix
1
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
2
containers Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Betty Crocker™ gel food color
19
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)

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Directions

  • 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.

How to Make a Dinosaur Cake

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

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.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (Cake and Frosting Only)
Calories
430
(
Calories from Fat
160),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
18g
18%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
Trans Fat
3 1/2g
3 1/2%
),
Cholesterol
40mg
40%;
Sodium
370mg
370%;
Total Carbohydrate
63g
63%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
45g
45%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
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.

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