This Vegan Vanilla Dinosaur Birthday Cake is super moist and fluffy and comes loaded with a kid-favorite theme---dinosaurs! Whether you choose to make this cake simple without the colorful components or just as theatrical, this recipe is a definite crowd-pleasing cake for any occasion, especially for Birthdays. Gluten-free option available.
This Vegan Vanilla Dinosaur Birthday Cake is one of my favorite cakes that I made for my son who recently turned 5.
Honestly, I've always been intimidated by making cakes because they always seemed so complicated. However, I've gotten better with practice and this one in particular came out JUST PERFECT!
This Vanilla Vegan Cake was long time coming, especially since I'm often asked about a regular Vegan Vanilla flavor since you've been such a huge fan of this Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream.
In past years, I've had the pleasure of making a cake for my son every year.
This Fluffy, Buttery Vanilla Birthday Cake (my son's 3rd Birthday Cake) is so moist, delicious, and the best rendition of a perfectly frosted vanilla cake ever made. Not to mention, the airy and fluffy vanilla butter cream which adds a nice velvety taste and texture— perfect for a Birthday or any celebration!
K’s first cake (since we made cupcakes for his 1st Birthday!) was awesome and and we wanted to ensure that he loved it, so we made his 2nd birthday cake the most delicious very vanilla cake possible. Fast forward----and K is still into vanilla cake, so we thought that it would be totally fun to make it a dinosaur theme.
This cake as I’ve mentioned before is super easy to whip together and doesn’t require anything special when it comes to ingredients. All you need to whip up this simple Vegan Vanilla Dinosaur Birthday Cake batter is:
When it comes to the main ingredient of this entire recipe—-the flour, I enjoy using Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour, which is ideal for all kinds of baking, including this one.
However, I do occasionally use Super-Fine Cake Flour which adds a nice airiness and fluffiness to your cakes as well.
If you would love to make this cake gluten-free, then substituting all-purpose flour with Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Baking Flour is the easiest option. It’s a special blend of gluten-free flours, starches, and xanthan gum, which makes these donuts just as soft, fluffy, and airy as the original! They also have a great All-purpose GF flour that works great as well.
If you're like me, then you might feel intimidated by creating an entire themed cake. When it comes to decor, I'm not entirely well versed on it, however, I do love finding easy DIY ways to get the job done.
For this dinosaur cake, I purchased several mini dinosaur toys via Amazon and used them as toppers.
For the gold candle and "Roar" cake topper, I purchased those from Amazon as well.
To create the scenery and theme even further, I chose to use green food coloring for the vanilla buttercream. Don't worry---it doesn't affect the taste or anything. Just a little went a long way.
And that's it. Simple.
Before you frost your cake, you’ll need to trim it. Use a long serrated knife (or cake slicer) to slice the thin crust layer off the top of each cake to make a flat surface.
Next, place the first cake layer on a cake stand and evenly cover the top with buttercream. Now, place the with second layer on top and evenly cover the top with buttercream. You can add more layers if you like too!
Once your cake is fully stacked, spread the remaining vanilla buttercream over the cake and down the sides.
Tip: Make things a bit easier by spreading a very thin layer of buttercream over the cake and chilling it for 30 minutes before adding the remaining buttercream.
Once fully frosted, garnish your masterpiece with bits of cake crumble from any discarded cake and add the dinosaur decor to your liking. Slice and enjoy!
Absolutely! You can always bake this cake the night or day before and let it cool, tightly wrap, and refrigerate until ready to use. The frosting/buttercream can also be made prior and tightly wrapped and stored in the fridge as well. When ready to serve, let cake sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour, frost, and enjoy!
It’s super fluffy and moist.
Bold vanilla flavor.
Delicious and comforting in every bite.
Melt in your mouth goodness!
Can be made as a traditional 2-or 3-layer cake, sheet cake, or cupcakes. Your choice!
Not too sweet, but perfectly sweet at the same time.
That Airy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting is EVERYTHING.
Another thing that I’ve learned about baking a cake is having the right tools. As a basic—-you should have a cake stand (preferably one that has a turnstile table), spatulas (big + small), piping bags + tips, correct baking pans and parchment paper, and if you need to get a bit more fancy—Bake Even Cake Strips (Wilton has some awesome quality ones!), which are such a genius invention.
Have no clue what these are? Whelp, you basically soak them in water before wrapping them around your cake pan while baking. These stripes ensures that your cakes don’t bake with a funny “dome” or anything. Just flat and even.
Of course, if you don’t have these strips, you can simply butter your pan and use liners along with an old trick that I’ve always done when baking—–add a small pot of water to the oven to keep things moist. Yup. It works EVERY. TIME.
One of the essential ingredient combos for a light, silky cake texture is baking soda and acid ingredient (usually vinegar or buttermilk). When acid and baking soda reacts, it creates bubbles and helps to create a nice rise for your baked goods, leaving an airy texture.
In the case of vegan cakes, this is usually done by adding apple cider vinegar to your milk and letting it sit for a few minutes and then later combining it with the dry ingredients (which includes baking soda). Wallah!
One of my latest tricks to a perfect cake has been to ensure that ALL of my dry ingredients are sifted. Trust me, ya’ll—-this works!
Making all the dry ingredients fully sifted makes things airy, as you’ve guessed it and allows everything to combine faster.
Never Over-mix! When creating a cake, it’s so important to add the dry ingredients and wet ingredients alternately and as soon as everything is combined very well, THAT’S IT! Over-mixing creates a more dense cake.
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Vegan Vanilla Dinosaur Birthday Cake.