Dinosaur Cupcakes

DSC_2328x900Every semester, without fail, I become fixated on one movie. I like doing my work with the noise of the TV in the background, so I put a movie on repeat… sometimes for days. Whatever the movie may be, it keeps me company but doesn’t distract me (because really, after the 16th time watching anything, you’re over it).

Last spring it was the Breakfast Club. This fall it’s the Jurassic Park triology. I’ve always adored these movies — they’re entertaining, a little kitschy, and involve DINOSAURS! Awesome, right? Who knows what life will bring me, but I secretly hope for a son (or a daughter… don’t want to make gender assumptions!) who loves dinosaurs as much as I do.

Dinosaur Cupcakes
Print Recipe

1 box cake mix plus required oil + eggs (any flavor cake will work)
1 batch of buttercream icing (I’d recommend the White Buttercream recipe here)
Green food coloring
A disposable pastry bag
A large star pastry tip (I used a large French tip)
Pressed sugar dinosaurs (mine are from Cook’s Baking Supply in Milwaukee)
Chocolate “rocks” (mine are from Vanilla Bean in Madison)

1. Make the cupcakes according to box directions. Allow them to cool completely before beginning to decorate.
2. Dye your batch of buttercream icing green. Pipe icing onto each cupcake using your disposable pastry bag and pastry tip.
3. Decorate the cupcakes with the dinosaurs and “rocks.”

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