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How to make a dinosaur cake

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[♫ chimes] [howdini - get yourself a guru] Hi. I'm Laurie Gelman for howdini.com. Kids love dinosaurs, and they're going to love this "Digging for Dinosaurs" party. And look what we've unearthed for the birthday cake. This dinosaur cake is adorable, and I can't wait to learn how to make it. Liv Hansen for Betty Crocker Kitchens is going to show us how. Hey, Liv. How are you? [Liv Hansen] Hi, Laurie. [Laurie] Now, I know that kids love dinos, so this must be a huge hit at parties. [Liv] It is. [Laurie] Easy to make? [Liv] It is. I'll show you how. [Laurie] Let's do it. [Liv] We're going to start with two 9-inch cakes, but you can actually use 8-inch if you're serving fewer people. I'm going to cut a little slice off the bottom. And then in the middle I'm going to cut a U shape out. That will be sort of like the legs and the belly. And I'm going to place it on our serving platter, right in the middle. Now this one, I've already trimmed the dome off the top, and I'm going to start cutting out the tail and the head. Now I've already made templates so that you don't have to just go in straight and cut. This will give you a little guideline, and you can make your own. [Go to BakeLifeSweeter.com and print out a template for this cake.] So now I have the tail, which I will then place here. And the head. So now we're going to move into a crumb coat. [Laurie] And a crumb coat is? [Liv] A crumb coat is basically just a thin layer of icing that helps seal in all the crumbs. [Liv Hansen, Betty Crocker Kitchens] Another trick is that you can freeze your cake for about 30 minutes before cutting it, and that will also reduce the crumbs. [Laurie] Oh, great. Okay. [Liv] So we have some green frosting. [Laurie] Ooh, nice color! [Liv] Yes. We actually used some neon green food coloring. So I'm also going to use this frosting as glue. I'm going to stick it underneath. And now those are glued down, I'm just going to start crumbing the cake. Just try to cover the entire surface, the sides, and the top. Once you have it all crumbed, you have to freeze it for another half an hour. [Laurie] Just to seal it all in? [Liv] Just to seal it all in. It'll set the icing so that your final coat is nice and clean. And I actually have one ready. [Laurie] Great. [Liv] Okay. There we go. So I'm going to go right in and start doing the final coat of frosting. Just scoop a bunch on. [Laurie] How much frosting do you put on? Is it a thick layer? [Liv] It's pretty thin. It's probably about a quarter-inch. [Laurie] You can go heavier, though, if you want. [Liv] You can go a little heavier. It really depends on how much you like icing. Now I'm going to go around and frost all the sides so that they're nice and smooth. Now I'm just going to take my spatula and I'm kind of going to carve that off, or slice it off and pull it in towards the center of the cake. So basically I'm holding the offset spatula flush with the cake, and I kind of come in from the outside and scrape across. I describe it as an airplane landing and then taking off again. It's always a good idea to have hot water on hand. You can clean your spatula off in it. Just make sure you dry it off, and that will make it easier to make the icing smooth. So to decorate the dinosaur I have an assortment of chocolates. We'll use them for the spots and the spikes. And I also have a pastry cone filled with vanilla frosting. What I'm going to do first is just do some spots, some various-sized spots. All over him. I'm going to put two up here for little googly eyes and maybe some for toes. I'm going to move this a little bit so I can get the drops on the back. A couple more. Okay. So now the last step is to do the teeth and maybe just a little dot for the eye to make it really bounce. I think I'm going to do two little dots. [Laurie] I see you've got your pastry cone. [Liv] Mm-hmm, my pastry cone. And if you want, it can be a happy dinosaur, and you can just make a smile. But I like to have the teeth. [Laurie] Scary dinosaur? [Liv] Scary dinosaur. So I'm just squeezing, holding in place and then pulling up a little bit, and you get a point. And there you have your dinosaur. [Laurie] That looks fantastic. Oh, you know what else we found? [Liv] What? [Laurie] This is so great. We found these little party favors. It's an egg, and you open it up, and there's a little dino in there! You can use them as a great party favor or to decorate. You could hide them around the house. Lots of fun to have a dino party, let me tell you. I'm Laurie Gelman for howdini.com. [♫ chimes] [howdini - www.howdini.com]

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Duration: 4 minutes and 42 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Howdini, LLC
Views: 484
Posted by: howdini on Jan 29, 2009

Most little boys, and lots of little girls, go through a dinosaur phase… when everything revolves around T-Rex and his prehistoric pals. If you’re having a dino-party, celebrate with an Edible Rex developed by professional baker and cookbook author Liv Hansen for the Betty Crocker Kitchens.

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