Ann Reardon

3d Dinosaur Cake

 

For this cake I decided to experiment with using modelling chocolate to cover a cake instead of fondant. Let me know which you think is better to work with.

To make this 3D dinosaur cake you will need:>

The dinosaur cake template

 

Non-food Items

A wooden cake base board, you will need to drill holes for the supports and have four little feet/blocks to lift it off the bench slightly. This allows room for the nuts underneath
3 threaded metal support rods, 10 nuts to fit
The centre of shapeable pool noodle (eg:aquabones)
foil
Thick wooden cake board cut to shape shown on the template.

Cake & Frosting

Triple quantity Vanilla buttercream
1 1/2 x my rich chocolate cake recipe baked in two trays. My trays are 15in (38.1 centimetres) x 10in (25.4 centimetres)
1kg (2.2 pounds) Modelling chocolate
2 black icing pearls
Food colours in your chosen colours, I used yellow, green, orange and black
200g (7.05 ounces) chocolate to cover the board
A packet of biscuits of your choice for the soil (I used ginger nuts)
dinosaur cake tutorial

Phase One:
Print and cut out the template, prepare cake boards, threaded rods and shapeable pool noodle centre

Phase Two:
Bake the cakes and let them cool

Phase Three:
Make the frosting
Cut out the layers of the cake
Stack onto the prepared support
Carve to shape
Cover in buttercream, smooth using acetate
Use left over cake and buttercream to make mounds on the cake board for rocks and then place in the fridge.

Phase Four:
Build up the neck, tail and legs using modelling chocolate. Put in the fridge to harden. Cover the body with rolled out modelling chocolate. Use the back of a spoon to blend the joins of modelling chocolate together. Then use a wet finger to smooth it out.
Make indents in the modelling chocolate where you want them on the dinosaur.

Phase Five:
Use gel food colours and a little water to paint the dinosaur how you like.
Add the two black sugar pearls in place for the eyes.
Cover the cake board in melted chocolate and sprinkle with biscuit crumbs.

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

I have been busy over the last year planning, writing and overseeing the photography and layout for my first ever cookbook! There are heaps of my favourite dessert recipes in there with a chapter on pastries, ice-cream, yummy cakes, artistic desserts and of course chocolate desserts. Each chapter has its own intro explaining the food science that you'll need to know for success every time. Booksellers where you can pre-order your very own copy: http://bit.ly/ARcookbook


All recipe quantities in the book are in grams, ounces and cups.

8 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 5

    Wanting to make the dinosaur cake for my daughters bday. Having. Hard time finding the bendy pool noodle so I can use the middle bit for the neck. Can you let me know where you found yours or another item I could use instead? Thank you!!

  2. Rating: 5

    Hi how was the legs done?
    i looked and looked over again the part where the back leg was done have not been flimed, i would like some help please, this is the cake for my son 6th birthday

    and what idistance is the pool noodle from the infront metel support ?

    thanks alot
    ishar

  3. Rating: 5

    Hi how was the legs done?
    i looked and looked over again the part where the back leg was done have not been flimed, i would like some help please, this is the cake for my son 6th birthday

    and what idistance is the pool noodle from the infront metel support ?

    thanks alot
    ishar

  4. Rating: 5

    Hi Ann, fantastic cake, I’m going to give it a try. What flavour modelling chocolate did you use as I will order from amazon.
    Many thanks
    Sarah

    • Ann

      Hi Sarah, the brand that I bought was called Saracino White modelling chocolate

  5. I wish I was talented. I am not delicate at all. Envious I am.

  6. This looks incredible! You can hardly tell it’s a cake, I thought it was a toy ? Such a work of art!

    • Ann

      Thanks Indya

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