Dino Birthday Cake !

I baked this cake for my son’s second birthday. The cake is a two layer Marble cake with chocolate buttercream frosting in the middle and vanilla buttercream frosting on the outside. The eggs and Dinosaurs are made with fondant.

Ingredients for the cake:

  • All purpose flour: 2 cups
  • Castor sugar: 2 cups
  • Eggs: 4 large
  • Vanilla essence: a few drops
  • Salt: a pinch
  • Butter: 1/2 cup
  • Olive oil: 1/2 cup
  • Cocoa: 4 tbsp
  • Icing sugar: 4 tbsp
  • Baking powder: 2 tbsp
  • Baking soda: 1/2 tbsp

Cream the butter and sugar together. In a separate bowl bring the eggs to a frothy consistency. Now mix the eggs and butter together and add in the oil with the help of a spatula. Sift all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour all the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a spatula to do fold and cut. Don’t overmix. Now divide the batter into two halves. In one half add cocoa and icing sugar. Now pour the white batter first then Cocoa batter. Use the back of the spoon to press it down for the swirls. Then add white batter over it and press it down repeat the same process till all the batter is finished. I used two 6 inch pans. Fill only till half.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 30 minutes. Take it out and wrap them in cling wrap and put them in the fridge for 30 minutes. I baked this cake in the morning and decorated it by lunch time. It gave me enough time to make my Buttercream till the cakes were getting cooled down.

For the Buttercream:

  • Unsalted butter: 2 cups
  • Cocoa: 1/2 cup
  • Icing sugar: 1/2 cup
  • Milk : 4 tbsp
  • Vanilla essence: 2 tbsp

Whip the butter using a hand mixer or a stand mixer. I used my stand mixer for this. Whip it till it becomes super soft and creamy. Add in sugar and whip some more. Now add in vanilla essence and milk. Yes milk will give it just some more creamy consistency. It is truly a magic ingredient. Now take one cup of this buttercream and add in Cocoa. We will use it in the middle of the two layers of the cake.

Remove the cakes from the fridge and using a pastry brush take a half a cup of water and add in two tbsp of sugar. Use it to brush the cakes. It will keep them moist under the layers of buttercream frosting when it goes back in the fridge.

Use an offset spatula to ice your cake. For the fondant dinosaur I just watched a few videos on youtube and made it.

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