dino cake

Anna Lappas-Collins from Washington, DC sent us this epic cake and genius kid quote (getting emails like this from our Momfilter readers totally makes our day).

“Recently my middle son Calvin was turning 4, and about a week before the big day I asked him what kind of birthday cake he wanted.  This is what he said:

“A dinosaur land cake with dinosaurs eating other dinosaurs and lots of blood and broken stuff because they will be mean dinosaurs. And a volcano that has burning stuff flying everywhere and some more dead things, like maybe snakes. OK?”

I made a basic chocolate cake from a recipe found in my 10year old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, and had to supplement with a box cake mix because I realized I didn’t make enough once I started shaping the cake.  Then I used food coloring and vanilla frosting for the lava and the river is one of those pre-colored frosting cans with the handy icing attachments, green spray food coloring, crumbled up chocolate chip cookies for rubble, redhots in the lava, and a lot of plastic dinosaurs and branches.  An unfolded paperclip stuck into the bottom of the pterodactyl (I think that’s his name?) made it “fly”.”

(By the way, we’d love to see your pictures—preferably horizontals—of silly, funny, clever, or otherwise show-stopping birthday cakes you or someone you know has made. And if you’re further inspired, we’d love to see the whole party. Send us an email to Please include your name, how you would like to be credited, the occasion, the recipe, and the inspiration or story behind the cake. Images must be 550×380 pixels wide.)


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