How many dinosaurs do you see on this cake? You might have to look close to see all three in their natural habitat of fondant grass, leaves and polka dots!
I used fondant with tylose powder for the these dinos. I filled the molds to the top and cleaned the edges of the mold by removing any excess. Place the mold in the freezer for about five minutes and they will pop out very easily. I brushed with pearl dust to bring out the detail on the tiny ones.
The cookies were a nice size for the favor boxes which I picked up at Michael's. Cookie tiles seem to be a popular trend. These little dinos are the perfect size for them. This is about a 1 inch square cutter.
The cookies are decorated with royal icing. Party City carries sixlets in EVERY color.
Volcano cake pops were actually easier to dip than round ones. I worried they would fall off the stick but I did not have any trouble with that. I dipped the stick in chocolate and pushed it halfway into the pop and covered completely. The advantage of plastic sticks is that they can be wiped off if any chocolate should drip onto them.
I put a small handful of orange melting chocolate wafers into a disposable pastry bag with a pinch of paramount crystals and melted on half power until melted. Be sure to take the bag out and squeeze the bag to distribute the heat evenly during melting. Cut a small hole off the the tip of the bag and pipe some orange lava on the pop.
Repeat with yellow chocolate.
Use the pastry bag of melted chocolate to attach the molded dinos!
Did you know you can use the deeper molds for making cookies?
Fill the mold and freeze for about 3 minutes and place on a parchment lined cookie tray.
Bake at 325 for 10 - 12 minutes. Watch carefully, remove when the cookie looks dry and just before it begins to brown. I used a Wilton Roll-Out Cookie Recipe from an old year book. It is not necessary to add the 2 teaspoons of baking powder because you do not want it to rise so I omitted it.
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with a hand held mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla. Mix in flour one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Divide dough into small bowls and add several drops of gel food coloring to each bowl. Knead in the coloring with your hands until evenly distributed. No need to chill dough before using, but if you are working with several colors, you may want to refrigerate the dough you are not using.
Vendor Credits: Party Styling and Desserts by Jeannie GearinThepastrytip.com