Bake cake in sheet pans ( size
– as large as possible )
making two layers for equal size. (Spray pan really well
for easy removal later.) Cool,
cover ( but let some air in ) and refrigerate.
Make a large quantity of
white/cream colored icing. ( I made this cake from carrot cake
mixes and purchased pre-made cream cheese icing, to which I
added bulk and flavor by adding softened cream cheese, 10X sugar
and powdered ginger spice, and a tad of lemon juice )
Separate icing into smaller
bowls, to color according to need.
Mostly brown and green with less quantity of red. ( you
may have to go to the Party Box on rte. 17 S. in Lodi to get the
earthy-toned food colorings.
You do not want to use the pastel colors bought in
can be used to darken any pastels if that is all you can get.)
Choose one pan to be the base
of the cake. Spread
filling over this layer. Transfer
second layer directly on top of base layer.
Lay your pattern over the top of the layers.
Take a very sharp knife and cut around your pattern.
It is best to have a full picture of the dinosaurs head
or what have you in front of you at all times, esp. when icing
and decorating. Remove all extra cake and clean pan around cake with paper
It is best to ice the cake
when the layers are cold (prevents crumbling on cut edges) so,
place the cake in the fridge for a while. Icing should be room
Use a metal spatula and regular dinner knife.
When icing the cut edges.
It is best to glob on extra and smooth it over gently, as
you do not want to spread crumbs onto the outside of the
icing/cake, ruining the look!
Put on the all over base color first (brown) Draw lines
over the brown before putting on green-- leave space for the red
with the moss green icing.
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