How to Make Dinosaur Cupcakes
These roar-some dinosaur cupcakes are made using the Wilton Color Swirl, which allows the user to pipe three different colours at the same time.
The cupcakes are really easy to make, and you can make all different species of dinosaur by simply varying the technique/nozzle you use when decorating. You could even add edible sprinkles and glitters for an extra special dinosaur creation fit for any birthday party!
How to Make Dinosaur Cupcakes
Suitable for : Beginners
You will need
– Makes 12 cupcakes
For the cupcakes :
- 175 grams (6 ounces) Butter
- 175 grams (6 ounces) Caster sugar
- 175 grams (5 ounces) Self-raising flour
- 30 grams (1 ounces) Cocoa powder
- 3 large eggs
For the buttercream :
- 225 grams (8 ounces) Butter
- 450 grams (1 pound) Icing sugar
- 2 to 3 tablespoons Milk
- 2 tablespoons Cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- Green food colouring (gel/paste is best)
To decorate you will need:
How to make
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/Fan 160ºC/350ºF/gas mark 4, and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cupcake or muffin cases.
2. Put the butter, caster sugar, eggs and vanilla extract into the bowl of a free-standing mixer (or you could use a handheld electric whisk and mixing bowl). Then sift in the flour and cocoa powder, lifting the sieve quite high to incorporate air, and beat for 1 to 2 minutes until light and creamy. Be careful not to over mix. Divide the mixture evenly between the paper cases.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until well risen and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
4. Meanwhile, prepare the buttercream. Beat the butter until soft and creamy. Sift the icing sugar and add to the creamed butter in two stages, mixing on a low speed. When fully incorporated add the milk and vanilla extract and beat for 3 to 5 minutes on a higher speed.
5. Divide the buttercream between three bowls. Using the tip of a cocktail stick add a little green colouring to one bowl of buttercream. Add a little more to the second bowl of buttercream to create a darker green colour buttercream. Sift the 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder into the remaining bowl of buttercream and mix using an electric mixer until fully incorporated.
6. Spoon the three different buttercream’s into three separate piping bags and fit with the star nozzle.
7. Pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes starting from the outside of the cake and working your way in towards the middle. An alternative way to ice your cupcakes is to squeeze the bag to form stars with the star nozzle.
8. Once you have iced all of your cupcakes, you can make your fondant dinosaurs. I have used yellow and green for the bodies of the dinosaurs and black to make their eyes. For the tail, roll out a small amount of fondant icing onto your work surface, using the palm of your hand, to create a sausage shape and making one end of the fondant thinner than the other (this will be the tip of the tail).
To make the head, in a similar way, roll out the fondant icing into a cylinder shape, curving the head round. Using a knife, make a small cut for the mouth. To make the eyes, roll a tiny amount of black fondant icing into balls and stick to the dinosaur’s heads using a little water. Repeat this process to make more dinosaurs. Leave these to dry and firm before decorating your cupcakes.
9. To decorate your cupcakes, stick the tail and head of the dinosaur into the icing on either side of the cupcake, opposite each other.