White Chocolate Dino Cake

This white chocolate cake is definitely a crowd pleaser.  Great flavor, moist cake, rich icing.  I mean, there is a pound of white chocolate in the icing alone.  I don’t know many people who will disagree with that.

The first time I made this cake was during The Baking Challenge that I did over the last year.  There was no way that hubs and I could even try to eat the whole cake, so after cutting out a few slices I sent the majority of the cake to work with him. It was a hit!  There was a little bit of cake left by the end of the day, so a co-worker took it home to share with his family. Well, his wife loved it, and they have since bought 2 of them from me!  Thanks so much, guys!

This most recent cake I made for them was a birthday cake for their son.  He just turned two and had a fantastic dinosaur themed party.  After they sent me a picture of what they wanted the cake to look like, I couldn’t wait to get started.  The cake is so simple and so much fun all at the same time.White Chocolate Dino Cake | The Little Blue Mixer

On the night before the party, I baked the cake. After letting it cool completely, I put the layers in airtight containers to wait for morning. If you would like to see a little more on the process for baking the cake, feel free to jump over to this post and check it out!

When morning came, I headed to the kitchen to start stacking and decorating. First, I cut each of the two layers in half so I would have a four layer cake. I set the first layer on the cake stand and spread about a cup of icing on top.

White Chocolate Dino Cake | The Little Blue Mixer

2nd layer + another cup of icingWhite Chocolate Dino Cake | The Little Blue Mixer3rd layer + another cup of icingWhite Chocolate Dino Cake | The Little Blue MixerFinally, the last layer!White Chocolate Dino Cake | The Little Blue MixerWhen the cake was stacked, I did a very thin dirty ice layer to seal in all of the crumbs and get a good foundation for the rest of the icing.White Chocolate Dino Cake | The Little Blue MixerOnce the dirty ice was finished, I set the cake in the fridge for about 30 minutes to chill and let the icing harden.

While the cake was in the fridge, I worked on my template for the dinosaurs. The design of the cake is super basic – a crisp layer of icing & then four dinosaur silhouettes around the edge of the cake. For my dino silhouettes, I did a quick hand drawing on cardstock, cut it out, and then traced it onto parchment paper. Once the parchment dino was ready to go, I went back to the fridge to check on the cake.White Chocolate Dino Cake | The Little Blue Mixer

Time to ice.

I’m still trying to figure out my favorite method for icing a cake.  Start with the top, start with the sides, pipe the icing on… there are so many options.  I absolutely love the look of completely piped cakes, but that is a post for another day.  For “smooth” icing a cake, I think this method was one of the best yet.  First, I worked my way around the edge of the cake.  Then, I iced the top and connected the edges.  The hardest part for me is knowing when to stop trying to smooth out every little imperfection in the icing… I just want all everything to be just so perfect!  It’s definitely a learning process. 😀

White Chocolate Dino Cake | The Little Blue Mixer

After icing the cake, I retrieved my parchment dino silhouette and started spacing out the placement of the dinos on the side. When I was ready, I held the parchment up to the side of the cake and lightly traced the edge with a toothpick.

White Chocolate Dino Cake | The Little Blue MixerNow to add some color! I outlined the dinosaurs in two different colors and then filled in the middle with an up and down motion.White Chocolate Dino Cake | The Little Blue Mixer

Ta-da! We have a dinosaur cake!White Chocolate Dino Cake | The Little Blue MixerWhite Chocolate Dino Cake | The Little Blue Mixer

I really loved how classy and simple this cake was. Sometimes we get too caught up in adding lots of bells and whistles when fresh and clean is just as beautiful! I may have to try out some more really simple designs soon.

White Chocolate Dino Cake | The Little Blue MixerWhite Chocolate Dino Cake | The Little Blue MixerThis was such a fun birthday cake to make. For the party, they just put a big ole #2 candle on top! So many fun possibilities!

White Chocolate Dino Cake | The Little Blue MixerI hope you all enjoyed this fun dino cake! Have a fantastic weekend, and I will see you all next week!

I am sharing this post over at Fiesta Friday. You should stop by to check out a really fun party!  I want to send a big thank you to everyone at Fiesta Friday for featuring my Pie Pops this week!!!  Y’all are the sweetest!

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15 thoughts on “White Chocolate Dino Cake

  1. Oh how cute?! My younger 3 love anything dino, added to the cake and theyd amazed. Unfortunately my lack of skills would probably have the dinos looking more like they had made the cake! – white chocolate is my fave!

  2. Very cute cake – I can tell you make a lot of cakes by that professional cake stand. Good job on the dinosaurs! Happy Fiesta Friday and thanks for bringing a perfect cake for little boys. I don’t think little girls are interested in dinosaurs, are they? I had a nephew that just adored them 🙂

    • Thank you so much! My husband bought me that cake stand for Christmas one year, and I absolutely love it. It makes decorating so much easier! You never know! I’m sure there are some little girls out there who like dinos! But I do think we have a winner for the boys 🙂

  3. Wow this cake is so lovely Sarah! Simple cakes are my favourite, I feel like they have more of a wow factor than the fancy ones – sometimes I think they’re a bit harder too, since mistakes are more noticeable! You did a fantastic job with this though, I can imagine the birthday boy was very happy!

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Fiesta Friday 😀

    • Thank you!! Simple cakes are gorgeous. And they are definitely more tricky! In fact, I’m a little scared to try naked cakes because the layers have to be so perfect and pretty! Maybe one day 🙂 Thanks again! 🙂

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