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!





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:


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


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.)


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.


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.


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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