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Dinosaur Cupcakes
Hayley

Dinosaur Cupcakes

by Hayley
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What I absolutely love about this tutorial is that you get to play around with different techniques, designs and choice of colours! The decorating is actually quite simple to do once you start, and you end up with a batch of beautifully decorated cupcakes that are perfect for a birthday party or even just as a tea-time treat. If you have a dinosaur-mad child, then this cupcake tutorial is definitely one for you to try out! Grab your cupcake tin and whip up a batch of your favourite cupcakes, it's time to start decorating!

you will need...

  • Batch of Cupcakes
  • Dinosaur Cupcake Toppers
  • Wilton Green Decorating Icing
  • Standard Coupler/ Adapter
  • JEM Grass Piping Tip
  • Mini Eggs
  • Wafer Leaves
  • Chocolate Brown Sugarpaste
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • Double Sided Fondant Cutters
  • Lincoln Green Sugarpaste
  • White Sugarpaste
  • 1M piping Tip
  • Cone Modelling Tool
  • Small Cutting Wheel
  • Flower Shaper Tool
  • FMM Alphabet & Number Upper Case Cutters
  • Edible Glue
  • Piping Bag

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you will need...

Wilton Ready To Use Green Decorating Icing
Wilton Ready To Use Green Decorating Icing
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£2.50
Wilton Icing Tube Coupler / Adapter
Wilton Icing Tube Coupler / Adapter
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£1.68
JEM Hair / Grass / Fur Tube #233
JEM Hair / Grass / Fur Tube #233
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£2.82
Mini Eggs
Mini Eggs
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£1.49
Edible Wafer Leaves x 50
Edible Wafer Leaves x 50
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£1.99
Renshaws Regalice Chocolate Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Chocolate Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.49
Chocolate Flavoured Icing & Frosting 500g
Chocolate Flavoured Icing & Frosting 500g
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£3.99
Double Sided Fondant Icing Cutters
Double Sided Fondant Icing Cutters
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£3.29
Renshaws Regalice Lincoln Green Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Lincoln Green Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.49
Renshaws Sugarpaste White 250g
Renshaws Sugarpaste White 250g
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£1.39
JEM 1M Icing Tip
JEM 1M Icing Tip
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£3.47
PME Serrated and Tapered Cone Tool
PME Serrated and Tapered Cone Tool
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£4.79
PME Cutting Wheels
PME Cutting Wheels
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£4.14
PME Flower/Leaf Shaper Tool
PME Flower/Leaf Shaper Tool
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£4.79
FMM Sugarcraft Upper Case Alphabet & Numbers Cutter Set
FMM Sugarcraft Upper Case Alphabet & Numbers Cutter Set
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£6.86
Edible Glue Tube
Edible Glue Tube
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£2.49
10 x Disposable 21
10 x Disposable 21" Piping Bags
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£4.19

instructions

Make a batch of your favourite cupcakes (any flavour) and let them cool down before you begin to decorate. You'll also need to have made your dinosaur cupcake toppers ready to pop onto your cupcakes, so make sure you follow that tutorial first (unless you choose to buy ready-made dinosaurs).

Fondant Dinosaur Cupcakes

1. Start by taking your Wilton Kelly Green Decorating Icing and attaching the JEM grass piping tip to this with the standard coupler. Hold the icing tube over your cupcake and press down onto the cupcake to make your first blob of 'grass'. Make sure you squeeze the tube, release the pressure and then gently press down onto your cupcake to ensure the grass is kept to a short length, otherwise you'll end up with long stringy grass everywhere! Repeat this step until the entire surface of your cupcake is covered with icing.

2. Take your fondant dinosaur and place this on top of the cupcake. You need to add your dinosaur whilst the icing is still wet, so make sure you only decorate one cupcake at a time. If you haven't already made your dinosaur cupcake toppers, now is the the time to do this before you continue.

Dinosaur Egg Cupcakes

3. Now it's time to move onto design #2, one of my favourites - Dinosaur egg cupcakes! Start by again taking your grass piping tip and green decorating icing and pipe the grass effect onto one of the cupcakes. Again, only decorate one cupcake at a time.

4. Take 3 mini eggs and place these in the centre of the cupcake in a triangular pattern.

5. Next, take 3 of the wafer leaves and position these so that they stick outwards and upwards from the centre of the cupcake, again in a 'triangular' pattern. See photos 8 & 9 if you're not sure how this should look.

Dinosaur Bone Cupcakes

6. The final two cupcake designs will follow the same initial steps, so take the remainder of your cupcakes ready to decorate. Begin by taking a piece of chocolate brown sugarpaste and roll this out to roughly 2mm thick. Cut out a circle big enough to cover the surface of a cupcake and place this to one side. Cut out as many circles as you need to cover the rest of your cupcakes.

7. Put a small blob of frosting on top of each cupcake and sit the circles on top, smoothing them out slightly with your fingers.

8. Now it's time to decorate with frosting! Take your 1M piping tip and pop this into your piping bag. Fill the bag with your chocolate frosting and twist the bag at the top to keep the contents compact. Hold the piping bag over your cupcake and squeeze to release the frosting. Starting in the centre of your cupcake, pipe a tall swirl by moving the bag outwards and upwards in a circular motion.

9. Cover the rest of your cupcakes with delicious chocolate frosting and put to one side whilst you make your decorations.

10. For the bones, firstly take a small piece of white sugarpaste (around the side of a grape) and roll this into a chunky sausage shape.

11. Roll the centre of the sausage so that it becomes thinner. The two ends of the sausage should still be quite thick.

12. Take the flower shaper tool and press this into one end of the sausage to make an indentation. Repeat this on the other end.

13. Take the smaller end of the cutting wheel and make lots of light marks along the length of the bone. You'll need 2 bones per cupcake so make as many as you need to decorate half of your remaining cupcakes.

14. Add the bones to the centre of your cupcakes and press them down gently into the frosting until they stick.

Name Plaque Cupcakes

15. If your cupcakes are for someone's birthday, you can choose to add their name or age to the plaques (or both as we have done here)! To make the plaques, begin by rolling out a piece of green sugarpaste to roughly 3mm thick. Take your medium fluted-edge cutter to make the base for your plaque.

16. To make the letters and numbers, you'll need to use an FMM alphabet & number cutter set. See our tutorial on how to use this. Cut out the correct letters and stick these to the plaque using a small amount of edible glue.

17. Use the cone modelling tool to make a small hole in each scalloped edge of the plaque for extra detail.

18. Make as many plaques as you want to cover the rest of your cupcakes. Here we have made three plaques saying 'Rory is 7'. We have used alternating colours for a funky design!

19. Once the plaques have dried slightly, place each one on top of your cupcakes and press down slightly in the centre to keep them flat on top of the frosting.

You now have 4 different cupcake designs to mix and match - experiment with colours and see what you could make!

 

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