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The easiest dinosaur cupcakes: how to turn normal cupcakes into prehistoric treats

Are you looking for a simple dinosaur treat for a dinosaur-themed birthday party or bake sale? These are easy, perhaps even the easiest dinosaur cupcakes you will find. And you only need one additional ingredient.

Are you looking for a simple dinosaur treat for a dinosaur-themed birthday party or bake sale? These are easy, perhaps even the easiest dinosaur cupcakes you will find. These prehistoric birthday treats are simple to make and don’t require any new gadgets or tools. More importantly, you can easily change them to suit any birthday party colour schemes or dietary restrictions, as required.

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Rexy’s recipe rundown

Title: The easiest dinosaur cupcakes

Food: Cupcakes with fondant dinosaur spikes or back plates

Dinosaur: Any member of the Stegosaur family

Best for: Birthday parties, school fetes, bake sales, and dino-themed parties

Ease: 5 out of 5 – so simple, yet so effective, with no extra tools (or washing up!)

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The easiest dinosaur cupcakes, in this case vegan chocolate cupcakes with handmade blue fondant Stegosaurus back plates

Why you need to make these dinosaur cupcakes

We‘ve all been to a party, with a least one person who has food allergies. At a recent party, we had two little dinosaurs who have dairy, egg and nut allergies.

The beauty of these dinosaur cupcakes is that you can use any type of cupcake and frosting that you want or need to take any food allergies into account. All you need is some fondant.

Make your own, buy some or use a packet mix: whatever suits your time and budget. 

Our cupcakes were vegan (dairy and egg-free) and nut-free chocolate cupcakes with creamy vegan chocolate frosting (I used this recipe from our sister site). Fondant is normally vegan, nut-free and gluten-free, trans-fat free and kosher (though check your brand).

There are three other welcome reasons to make these dinosaur cupcakes:

  1. You can make the fondant almost any colour or shade you wish to suit your party theme (dino of course). If you can’t find it in the shade you want, you can colour it yourself (see below).
  2. You don’t need much time to make them – great for busy Dinomamas.
  3. You only need one extra ingrdient and don’t need any extra tools or forms to make these dinosaur cupcake decorations. I‘m all about simplicity and ease!
  4. These are perhaps the easiest dinosaur cupcakes you will find. Our LDA made about one-quarter of them.
Three dinosaur cupcakes - here vegan chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and handmade blue fondant Stegosaur spikes - they are quite possibly the easiest dinosaur cupcakes you will find

How to use fondant

If this was solely a cooking blog, I could write a whole post about using fondant. Instead, we‘ll stick to the basics:

  1. Warm the fondant in your hands: Knead it between your palms and it will quickly become pliant.
  2. Use gel food colouring to colour it: I didn‘t have a lot of time, so I cheated and bought coloured fondant. If you have fondant that you need to colour, dip the end of a skewer or toothpick in your food colouring and then stab your fondant 4 or 5 times. Work it in until it is all an even colour.
  3. You probably won‘t need a whole packet of fondant. We used about one-third of a 250g packet for 18 cupcakes. 
  4. To store leftover fondant: Wrap it in plastic and place it in an airtight container. Store at room temperature out of direct light. It will keep for about 2 months.
  5. No need to roll it out: The dino spikes are easiest to form in your hands. Infact, rolling them out often leads to them looking more like dragon spikes than Stegosaurus back plates.
A single dinosaur cupcake: vegan chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and handmade blue fondant Stegosaurus spikes (and a few pink sprinkles)

How to make the Back Plates

I found the easiest way to make the backplates for these Stegosaurus-inspired cupcakes is as follows: 

  1. Roll a small amount of fondant into a ball
  2. Squash the ball between your index finger and thumb
  3. Form one side into a rough point.
  4. Flatten the other side so that it looks like a bulging 2D triangle – or Stegosaurus back plate.
  5. Repeat 4-5 times per cupcake.

Don‘t make the back plates too large or they will sink into your frosting or fall over/off. Four to five plates are enough for these Stegosaurus-inspired treats: the easiest dinosaur cupcakes you will find.

Tip: If you can, serve your cupcakes on a tray that is a similar colour to the back plates. We used a blue cake stand to go with our blue spikes (and the top screws off to make it easier to store!).

Some of our easiest dinosaur cupcakes on a blue cake stand

Make some of the easiest dinosaur cupcakes for your next dinosaur birthday party!

These dinosaur cupcakes are so easy to make and can use any cupcakes as the base. This makes them perfect for busy Dinomamas and easy to adapt to almost any dietary restrictions. Your little dinosaur fan will enjoy helping you make these prehistoric treats, too!

What cupcakes will you turn into dinosaur cupcakes?

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The easiest dinosaur cupcakes, suitable for allergies and fun! Vegan chocolate cupcakes with rich chocolate frosting and blue fondant stegosaurus backplate decorations

The easiest dinosaur cupcakes

Yield: 18
Prep Time: 1 minute
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes

This has got to be one of the easiest dinosaur cupcake ideas. Turn any cupcakes – vegan, gluten-free and/or nut-free, store-bought, packet mix or homemade from scratch – into dinosaur cupcakes with these simple dinosaur cupcake decorations. All you need is a little fondant and a few minutes.

Ingredients

  • 18 frosted cupcakes
  • 100 g fondant
  • Gel food colouring (optional)

Instructions

  1. Take your fondant and work it between your hands, quashing and pulling and folding until it becomes soft and pliant. This should take about a minute.
  2. If you need to change the colour of your fondant: dip a toothpick or skewer into your gel food colouring then stab the fondant four or five times with the coloured tip. Work the fondant in your hands for about a minute until the food colouring is evenly distributed and the fondant colour is uniform. Repeat as necessary until the fondant is the desired (depth of) colour.
  3. Take a small pit of fondant and roll into a ball no more than 1cm in diameter. Squash it between your thumb and index finger to create a disk. Pinch one side of the disk together to create a point. Flatten the other side f the disk. It should now resemble an isoceles triangle with the two equal sides bulging a little - in short, it should look like a Stegosaurus back plate.
  4. Repeat step 3 until you have four or five back plates. Place them so that they stand upright in a row, so that they resemble backplates on a Stegosaurus.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all of your cupcakes have back plates.

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