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Maia’s Vegan Dinosaur Birthday Cake

Posted on: July 7, 2014

[Kerean] I think I really impressed Maia (and myself) this year making her a dinosaur cake that actually looked like one! Her dad didn’t do a shabby job on the cupcakes either though he got some help with decorating. The cake turned out so well it gets it’s own blog post!

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Here is the recipe for the cake. At the very end is the online source where I found it three years ago. It’s the recipe I bake every year for Maia’s birthday and I am always told how delicious and moist it is. It’s easy to bake and it’s so good you would never know it’s vegan!

If you go to the link there is a recipe for chocolate syrup to drizzle over the cake, which I have tried before. I layered the cake with strawberries and then drizzled the syrup. It was wonderful but this year I wanted to do frosting instead. A dinosaur cake requires it!

Vegan chocolate cake recipe:

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp distilled white or apple cider vinegar

Frosting:

2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tbsp Non-dairy margarine or spread (I use Earth Balance Original)
2 tbsp plain soy milk vanilla extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
(Use whatever frosting coloring you desire. I choose leaf green and found it at Michael’s.)

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In an 8X8 square pan/dish, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt with a fork, making sure it is really blended together. Add the water, vanilla, oil, and vinegar, and again, mix together so that it’s really blended together. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides if necessary.

Bake!

Place in oven and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean. Cool on a rack completely (2 hours).

Source: http://www.instructables.com/id/The-BEST-chococlate-cake-ever…that-happens-to-be/

Here is the template to make your dinosaur cake: http://www.bettycrocker.com/~/media/Files/PDF/Cake-Templates/Rex-Cake.pdf

There is also a how to video on Betty Crocker’s website on how to use the template.

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1 Response to "Maia’s Vegan Dinosaur Birthday Cake"

[…] Unlike previous years, we didn’t take many photos of the party. It wasn’t until the cake that we thought to pick up a camera. Matt snapped these photos that I am adding only to remind Maia of her first birthday cake that wasn’t made by me. For all previous birthdays, I made Maia’s cakes myself since they had to be dairy free. I am most proud of last year’s dinosaur cake! […]

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