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These dinosaur shaped cupcakes are perfect for kids of all ages and are a fun and easy birthday cupcake idea. Use your favorite cake and frosting recipe or keep it super simple with a store-bought canned cake mix and frosting. You will be surprised that they are so easy to put together. Plus, the chocolate dinosaurs on top really make them stand out. Everyone will love these fun cupcakes!

The dinosaur birthday party theme has never gone out of style and is always a hit. East dinosaur watermelon It’s one of my most popular posts for birthday parties! Dinosaur cupcakes like these are really easy to make for bakers of all skill levels. I used a cake mix and icing pan and they still turned out great! But you can easily use your favorite recipes for cupcakes from scratch and homemade frosting. The key to making these delicious cupcakes is airing messy and chocolate dinosaur cupcake toppers.

Dinosaur Cupcake Ingredients and Supplies

To make these dinosaur themed cupcakes you will need the following ingredients:

I used a plastic chocolate mold to make a dinosaur cupcake topper, but you can also use store-bought candy gummy dinosaurs, small toy dinosaurs either Dinosaur Cupcake Picks in a pinch. If that dinosaur mold is out of stock, you can try East either Easthowever I have no experience with those molds.

How to make chocolate dinosaur cupcake toppers

These chocolate cupcake decorations are super easy to make! Melt 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup of candy melts for 12 dinosaurs you would like to make, assuming you use the same one dinosaur mold I did it. In a small microwave-safe bowl, dissolve in short intervals of 15 to 30 seconds, stirring frequently. Don’t overcook the chocolate. Stir to mix completely and add a bit of canola oil or shortening for a super smooth look.

I chose to create more shades of green, so I mixed in some white candy that blends into the green to create a third shade. But you can choose any color that best suits your theme!

Using a spoon, carefully spoon the chocolate into a plastic mould, carefully filling to the top but not overflowing. Help add in the center and gently push to the edges, making sure to cover all the cracks.

Gently tap the mold on a hard surface to even out and remove any air bubbles.

If you have a lot of excess I recommend leveling with the flat edge of a metal trowel. It will create a cleaner look.

Then refrigerate for about 15 minutes to fully harden before carefully removing. Smooth the edges if necessary.

Tips for using chocolate molds

I’ve been using chocolate loosely here, since this project uses melted candy. I work a lot with candy that melts in plastic or silicone molds. And every time I come across readers who have problems with broken parts, air bubbles, etc. Here are some things I recommend:

  • Not the freezer to speed up the setting process of the chocolate. It can make the chocolate more brittle and more likely to break.
  • Remove excess chocolate from mold. Having too much excess chocolate can cause the chocolate to stick to the mold. It also doesn’t create as nice a finish.
  • Add a very small amount of oil or shortening to the chocolate and avoid overheating it. Both can make the chocolate more chunky and not as smooth.
  • Try gently bending the mold in several places before turning it over. This helps create some separation, making removal a bit easier.
  • Place the plastic mold on a cutting board, flat side down, and turn it over. This is so that when you pick up the pan, the shapes don’t have to fall too far and don’t come out before you’re ready.
  • If necessary, gently press the center of each shape to remove if using a plastic mold. If you have a silicone mold, gently peel back the mold to remove the shape.

I live in Minnesota so I’m not usually in very hot or very humid conditions and this may change your experience. I find that the candy melts well at room temperature and refrigerated in an airtight container. If it’s hot outside, definitely store these dinosaurs in the fridge. I had no problem with melting sweat candy.

How to make dirty chocolate cupcakes

These Dirty Chocolate Cupcakes are so easy to make. To get started, you’ll want to make your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe or use a box mix like I did. Let them cool completely. I used cupcake pans from this cupcake set and I highly recommend using a dark brown or black liner to make it look like the “dirt” continues down the cupcake. I used the liners in this dinosaur cupcake set. As you can see, the brown liners are much darker than the ones shown in the pictures. They are very thin, like the coating on a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. I was afraid the cupcake oils would cause problems, but surprisingly they worked great! I garnished each cupcake with a bit of chocolate frosting to keep it simple. You don’t want to overload your cupcake with frosting. The amount shown below works fine. If you put on too much frosting, the tops of the cupcakes will have a harder time holding their shape after being covered in soil and may spread out to the sides.

You’ll need Oreo cookie crumbs for the “dirt.” You can crush Oreo cookies in a zipper bag and a rolling pin, but I find a food processor really produces the best results in a fraction of the time.

You’ll be surprised how many Oreo cookies it takes to make a lot of crumbs. I used 10 Oreo cookies and still had plenty.

Put your chocolate chip cookie crumb “dirt” in a small bowl. Flip the iced cupcake over and gently press into the cookie crumbs, turning slightly to coat the entire cupcake.

Don’t press too hard, though, or you might push the frosting off the edges of the messy cupcake.

How to make dinosaur cupcakes

Now it’s time to assemble your cupcakes! I recommend doing this just before serving or before the celebration begins, as the height of the dinosaur and cupcake topper makes it more difficult to store once assembled. Top it off with a chocolate dinosaur and one or two foliage cupcake toppers if desired.

These simple dinosaur shaped cupcakes do not need to add anything else. Dinosaur cupcake toppers are truly the stars of the show.

And while palm leaf cupcake toppers aren’t necessary for these dinosaur birthday cupcakes, I think they add a nice touch. They also work to be inserted into other foods at your party or decoration as a table spreader. Of this together comes with 100 of them, there are plenty of sheets to find other uses for them. These leafy cupcake toppers can also be saved for other themes, such as a flamingo party, jungle party, or tropical luau.

dinosaur cupcake

These dinosaur cupcakes are so easy and are sure to be a hit at your dinosaur birthday party! Step-by-step instructions are included for making chocolate dinosaur toppers for these chocolate cupcakes.

Preparation time 1 day 45 minutes

  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Delights Triple Dark Chocolate Cake Mix or your favorite canned mix or homemade recipe

  • 1 1/4 cups of water*

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil*

  • 3 eggs*

  • 1 16-ounce jar of chocolate frosting or two cups of chocolate cream frosting

  • 8 oreos

  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups caramel melts in various shades of green

  • little dinosaur chocolate mold

  • 1 teaspoon oil or butter optional

  • Optional palm leaf cupcake toppers

  1. Heat oven to 350°F for a shiny metal or glass pan or 325°F for a nonstick pan. Line two muffin tins with the baking cups.

  2. In a large bowl, mix cake mix, water, oil and eggs on low speed for 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium and beat another 2 minutes.

  3. Divide batter evenly to form 24 cupcakes, filling about 2/3 full.

  4. Cook for 14-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool 5 minutes and transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

  5. In a small microwave-safe bowl, dissolve in short intervals of 15 to 30 seconds, stirring frequently. Don’t overcook the chocolate. Stir to mix completely and add a bit of canola oil or shortening for a super smooth look.

  6. Using a spoon, carefully spoon the chocolate into a plastic mould, carefully filling to the top but not overflowing. Help add in the center and gently push to the edges, making sure to cover all the cracks.

  7. Gently tap the mold on a hard surface to even out and remove any air bubbles.

  8. Level by scraping off excess with the flat edge of the metal trowel for a cleaner look.

  9. Place on a flat surface in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to fully harden before carefully removing. Smooth the edges if necessary.

  10. Once completely cooled, frost each cupcake with a spatula.

  11. Place Oreo cookies in a food processor until crumbs form. (Alternatively, you can put the cookies in a Ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin)

  12. Transfer the crumbs to a small bowl.

  13. Flip the iced cupcake over and gently press into the cookie crumbs, turning slightly to coat the entire cupcake. Set aside. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.

  14. Top with a chocolate dinosaur and one or two foliage cupcake toppers if desired before serving.

The exact amount of candy melted varies depending on the dinosaur pan used for the cupcake toppers.

More ideas for children’s parties

if you like throwing children’s birthday partiestake a look at these mermaid party ideas with a wide variety of sweets and crafts. I also enjoy it construction birthday party ideas including this super easy construction themed cake. And how could I forget these shark jelly cups? So easy to do, I swear! But here are some more easy birthday cupcakes for kids:

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