Vegan Mofo: Dinosaur Cake

I cannot believe it! The final day of Vegan Mofo 2014 is already here! I still cannot believe I managed to stick with this for the entire month. It’s been an awesome experience and I finally have some enthusiasm for blogging again but enough going on! I want to present you with my Mofo finale, which comes from this awesome novelty cake book.

I got this book off my Partner, his grandmother used to let him flick through this book as a child and pick out what birthday cake he wanted. Really sweet, right? I figured this was a special enough occasion for me to pick my own cakes. There was a dinosaur, so I went with that obviously.


Dinosaur Cake

  • 2 x vanilla sponge cakes
  • 1 batch of green buttercream
  • 1 pack of vegan mint thins
  • a few toothpicks 
  • chocolate beans/skittles
  • chocolate buttons
  1. Cut one of the cakes in half and cut both halves in a wave like shape to form the legs and stomach.
  2. Cut a third from the other cake. Cut a curved 1 inch wide strip, 3 inches long from the outside edge of the cake for the neck and head. From the large piece of cake, cut out a curved shape to form the chest, reserving the small piece for the tail.
  3. Sandwich the 3 cakes together with butter icing with the chest piece in the middle, place the tail in position.
  4. Attach the head to the body with toothpicks.
  5. Coat the cake in the buttercream, arrange the mint thins along the spine to look like spikes, use the chocolate beans/skittles for eyes and place chocolate buttons for spots.
Are you as confused by these instructions as I was? Maybe then you can understand why my dinosaur didn’t exactly look like the one in the book.
I’m not gonna lie, I was a little bit upset that my dinosaur didn’t come out looking fantastic. It was really hard to make that stupid head stick on. I think part of the problem is that vegan cakes are deliciously moist, which doesn’t make it very easy do craft them into dinosaur shapes with tiny heads. It was also super sad that I used writing icing to make the skittles look like eyes and it just dripped down so it looked like my dinosaur was crying!
So sad. Ah well, I’m still pretty impressed I made a novelty cake.
And with this I bid my fucked up Bizarre and Outdated Cookbooks theme goodbye. There have been some great laughs, surprises, sadness and urges to throw up, but I’m glad I kept going. I found some great recipes along the way and learnt a few valuable lessons on how not to cook certain things. I’ve also enjoyed making some new friends, discovering new blogs, bookmarking LOADS of recipes and generally just loving the Mofo vibe. It’s been great! I can’t wait for next year!
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7 thoughts on “Vegan Mofo: Dinosaur Cake

  1. I've loved your theme, your posts have been brilliant. I think this is still a pretty cute cake too even if it doesn't look exactly like the one in the book. My copy of Rainbows and Wellies has arrived, it's even signed. I'm considering making the dinner party menus for next Mofo 😉

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  2. I definitely would have been confused by the instructions, too! Oh well, the cake still looks yummy!
    Your MoFo theme was amazing; I've enjoyed all your posts & had lots of laughs along the way! 🙂

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  3. I loved your theme, it was fantastic! I hope you will occasionally still give us a post from one of these books every now and then. 😉
    And I am impressed with your dinosaur. We had a similar book to this when I was a kid, I love reading through it. My mum got rid of it and I was horrified because it is so sentimental to me, thankfully they brought out an anniversary edition that I was able to get my hands on.

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