This cake is tops – triceratops! Ahhhh, okay, that’s a bad joke (even for me!), but it’s a good cake, so I hope that will balance things out!
I’ve actually made several dino cakes for this family – both their two boys are totally dinosaur obsessed. When so many kids (and grown-ups, for that matter!) seem to change “favourite things” twice a week, it’s cool to see their level of dino-votion (devotion = dino-votion – does that work? Sure, why not. Bad joke count: two.). So, of course that love has to manifest in sweet, edible dino-cake form.
This particular triceratops was based on the birthday boy’s very favourite dino figurine – one he affectionately calls “Daddy-ceratops”.
I loved creating his skin texture – it’s so wrinkly and interesting. Usually you want to avoid wrinkles in your fondant, so adding them on purpose was fun to play around with!
Also, you want to know a secret?
The spots were a last minute addition. A tiny dot of liquid colour dripped onto his head-frill-thing while I was airbrushing him (that’s what they call that part, right? I’m sure the birthday boy would know the proper terminology, but I’ll just stick with “head-frill-thing”!). Rather than fussing to wipe it off, I decided it looked so cool I would just add more spots all over! I think they really added to the overall effect. And it just goes to show that there are no mistakes, only accidental inspiration!
I was quite pleased with how he turned out – definitely dino-mite! (Three dino puns, I’ll go home now.) 🙂