Easy Dinosaur Cupcakes

We love having little themed birthday parties and the dinosaur party that I threw for my eldest was a huge smash. But, let me tell you that I’m not a fantastic cake decorator I can manage to frost cakes and create some cute designs with royal and fondant icing but not much more so easy cupcakes are my best. These dinosaur cupcakes were fun to make, the kids loved them and using little dinosaur cake toppers made them so easy to make. So I thought I would share them with you. So here you go our easy to make dinosaur cupcakes.

pinnable image for a dinosaur party to make some roarsome easy dinosayr cupcakes

Dinosaur Cupcakes

There were simple to make some chocolate candy rocks, buttercream frosting, dinosaur toppers and a simple chocolate cupcake (yes we made them from scratch but you could easily use a box or even buy a set as well!).

t rex cake topper on a homemade dinosaur chocolate party cupcake with dry ice and other cupcakes in the background

Then put all together and serve for a roarsome time for the birthday party.

Yield: 22 Cupcakes

Easy Dinosaur Cupcakes

dinosaur t rex cupcake with chocolate candy rocks, green buttercream frosting and chocolate cupcake with moss and dry ice on a wooden table for a roarsome dinosaur party

An easy and simple recipe to make some dinosaur-themed chocolate cupcakes for a roarsome party.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes


For the chocolate cupcakes:

  • 1 C flour
  • 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 Light brown sugar
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/3 C canola oil
  • 1/2 C buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the vanilla frosting:

  • 1 C unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 C powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • leaf green food coloring
  • 1 piping bag fitted with a #133 tip
  • chocolate candy rocks
  • 1/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1 package of Dinosaur cupcake toppers


Chocolate cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line your cupcake pans with cupcake liners and set aside
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, whisk to combine.
  4. Add in the sugar and brown sugar stir until combined.
  5. Add the oil, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla extract.
  6. Stir until combined.
  7. Pour the batter in the cupcake liners.
  8. Fill each one 3/4 of the way full.
  9. Bake for 22 minutes.
  10. Remove the cupcakes from the oven.chocolate cupcakes in a cupcake tin out of the oven
  11. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool

To make Butter Cream frosting:

  1. In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and heavy whipping cream until combined and smooth and stiff peaks form
  2. Mix in a few drops of Leaf Green food coloring until combined.
  3. Scoop frosting into a piping bag
  4. Pipe grass onto the cooled cupcakes
  5. Place a Dinosaur topper into the middle of the frosting
  6. Randomly place chocolate-covered rocks onto the frosting
  7. Sprinkle a little bit of brown sugar onto the frosting to make it look like dirt.
  8. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 127mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 0gSugar: 24gProtein: 2g

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