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Rex the Dinosaur Cake

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 4 hr 0 min
  • Servings 15
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Delight dinosaur lovers with this fun prehistoric-themed cake.
Created May 30, 2018
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  • 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™ Creamy Deluxe™ vanilla frosting
  • Gel food colour
  • 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)
  • White decorating icing


  • 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 colour until desired green colour. 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 centres of eyes and teeth. Store loosely covered.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Use a variety of candies, like chocolate rocks and chocolate chips, to make your dinosaur come alive.
  • Tip 2
    Serve your dino on a large rectangular cheese slate or make a display board by covering a sturdy piece of cardboard with colourful wrapping paper, foil or cooking parchment paper.

Nutrition Information

430 Calories, 18g Total Fat, 2g Protein, 63g Total Carbs, 45g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 15 servings
Total Fat
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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