Every June and November I make the same chocolate cake for my friend’s and her son’s birthdays. Why would someone want the same cake every year for their birthday? Because it’s darn good. Sooo good, guys. If you make this cake, everyone will be begging you for the recipe and swooning over the incredible taste in their mouth. If you like chocolate at all, you need this chocolate cake recipe! And the best part? The bulk of the cake is made from a cake mix. You really can’t get better than this!
And because there’s really no messing with cake flavor perfection, the only way to really change up this cake is by changing what it looks like. Over the years it’s been disguised as a soccer ball, as R2-D2 cupcakes, and most recently as a dino cake. I bet this cake would look excellent disguised as dragon fire as well.
So for this year, the birthday boy had a Jurassic World themed birthday party. Naturally a dinosaur cake was in order. I’m all for super fancy cakes that take hours to make, but this time I needed a very simple cake design. This particular dino cake fit the bill! Plus the birthday boy got a toy dinosaur out of it. Win, win.
Want to have a similar birthday cake for your child? All you need are a few things:
- Baked chocolate cake (recipe below)
- Chocolate frosting (recipe below)
- Toy dinosaur(s) (I found this one at the dollar store)
- Pineapple leaves (aloe vera leaves would work too)
After you frost the cake with as much frosting as you can, crush up whole Oreo cookies and sprinkle them all over the top of the cake. Depending on how big your cake is, place one or more dinosaurs on top. I planned on more than on initially but just one turned out to be plenty.
Cut up your pineapple leaves into varying sizes and place them sporadically over the top of the cake. I found it helpful to use a knife to help the leaves dig in deeper. Make sure to use plenty of leaves. You’re going for Jurassic Park jungle here, so the more the better!
And that’s it! It’s really a piece of cake (pun intended) to put this dino cake together. If you make it, add a photo to this pin so we can see it! I’d love to see your version!
- 1 package Duncan Hine’s devil’s food cake
- 1 (5.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding mix
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup avocado oil (or sub vegetable oil)
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- Pinch of salt
- 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips together. Carefully add the chocolate chips, making sure they are distributed evenly throughout the cake.
- Thoroughly grease two 9 in round cake pans and evenly divide the batter between the two. Bake for at least 40 minutes. A good indicator that it’s done is when you can start to smell the cake. Check for doneness with a toothpick.
- Cool cake thoroughly before removing.
- Sift dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese and butter at medium-high until smooth. At medium-low, add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Slowly pour in the melted chocolate while still mixing. Finally beat in the sour cream.
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