Chocolate dinosaurs

Chocolate dinosaurs

Chocolate shortbread

The Birthday Cake Book
Laura Edwards

I made countless visits to the Natural History Museum with my son to view the dinosaur skeletons, his earliest fascination. These are in memory of those times, Hari.

To bake


Quantity Ingredient
plain flour, to dust
1 Black biscuits, unbaked biscuit dough only

To decorate

Quantity Ingredient
500g white sugarpaste
mint green food colour paste
christmas green food colour paste
ice blue food colour paste
navy food colour paste
icing sugar, to dust
60 g bag white royal icing, fitted with no. 1 nozzle
edible glue, (optional)
edible clear glitter, (optional)

Special equipment

Quantity Ingredient
1 set dinosaur cutters
paint brush, (optional)


  1. Line two or three baking trays with baking parchment. Preheat the oven to 170°C/fan 160°C. Lightly dust a board and rolling pin with flour and roll out the dough to about 4 mm thick. Cut out a selection of dinosaurs, re-roll the excess and cut out more until all the dough is used. Lay on to the baking trays, chill for 30 minutes, then bake for 12–15 minutes. Leave on the trays until cool.
  2. To decorate, colour half the sugarpaste green, with mostly mint green and a little Christmas green. Colour the remainder blue with mainly ice blue and a little navy. Dust a board with icing sugar and roll out the green sugarpaste to 2 mm thick. Cut out using the dinosaur cutters, cutting exactly the same shapes as the biscuits. Sprinkle a little icing sugar over the biscuits and flick over a tiny amount of water (you do not want soggy biscuits) to create a ‘glue’. (Or use royal icing, or brush with edible glue.) Stick the sugarpaste dinosaurs on the biscuits. To decorate, pipe on dots and lines with royal icing. If you want, brush a small area on each biscuit with edible glue and sprinkle over the glitter. With a dry brush, remove excess.
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