These adorable funky dinosaurs are made entirely from sugarpaste and would look fabulous on top of cupcakes or a celebration cake! Here we have made a Stegosaurus, a Brontosaurus and a Triceratops in 3 different vibrant colours, but you can of course choose whatever colours you like! Once you’ve got the hang of making these little fellows, why not try making a whole dinosaur gang? Perfect for both boys and girls, these fondant dinosaurs would be ideal for birthday parties or as a tea time treat! Why not try out our dinosaur cupcake tutorial and mix and match your designs?
You Will Need
- Yellow Sugarpaste
- Tiger Lily Orange Sugarpaste
- Lincoln Green Sugarpaste
- Regal Purple Sugarpaste
- SK Frosted Leaf Sugarpaste
- Black Sugarpaste
- Small Fluted-Edge Cutter
- Cone Modelling Tool
- Ball Modelling Tool
- Sharp Knife
- Edible Glue
- Gum Tragacanth
Step By Step In Pictures
Before you start you’ll need to add Gum Tragacanth to your sugarpaste. This will ensure the sugarpaste dries hard and will help your figures to retain their shape. Store any sugarpaste that is not being used in an air-tight container to stop it from drying out whilst you’re working.
1. Start by taking a piece of yellow sugarpaste (roughly the size of a golf ball) and roll this into a smooth round ball.
2. Using your fingertips, roll the ball so that two opposing sides become elongated. One end will form the tail, and one will make the head (see photo 2). The head needs to be stumpy and the tail should be a couple of centimetres long as well as thin.
3. For the legs, you need to roll a piece of yellow sugarpaste into a sausage (approximately 1cm in diameter, and 4cm in length).
4. Cut the sausage into 4 equal pieces and then round the edges off using your fingers. Place the 4 legs under the Stegosaurus’ body and secure into place using a tiny amount of edible glue.
5. To make the humps on the back of the Stegosaurus, roll out a piece of tiger lily orange sugarpaste to approximately 2mm thick. Cut out a circle using a small, fluted-edged cutter.
6. Now you need to cut off a section of the fluted-edged circle using the straight-edged circle cutter. This will create a flat curved edge that will sit perfectly on top of the Stegosaurus’ back.
7. Secure the ‘humps’ on top of the Stegosaurus using a small amount of edible glue. If it won’t stay upright on the Stegosaurus’ back, then the sugarpaste is probably too thin.
8. Lastly, to give the Stegosaurus some eyes, use the cone modelling tool to make two holes in either side of the Stegosaurus’ head. Roll two tiny pieces of black sugarpaste into balls and stick these into the holes.
9. Now you can make your Brontosaurus. Take another golf-ball sized piece of sugarpaste, this time in green, and roll this into a smooth ball.
10. As before, roll two sides of the ball so that they become elongated. The neck of the Brontosaurus needs to be quite long, so roll this into a sausage shape. Roll the other side into a tail with a pointed end.
11. Gently pinch the top of the neck to form the head, moulding this into shape using your fingers. Bend the tail slightly to give it a little ‘flick’.
12. Again, use the cone modelling tool to make an eye socket. Place a tiny piece of black sugarpaste into the hole to complete the eye. Repeat this step on the other side of the Brontosaurus’ head.
13. For the legs, you’ll need to roll another piece of green sugarpaste into a sausage shape, 1cm in diameter and 4cm long. Cut the sausage into 4 equal pieces and place these beneath the Brontosaurus’ body.
14. To add the spotty detail to the Brontosaurus’ body, firstly take a tiny piece of frosted leaf sugarpaste and roll this into a smooth ball. Using the wide end of the ball modelling tool, flatten this to make a perfect circle.15. Make several more circle shapes in different sizes and then stick these to the Brontosaurus’ back using a very small amount of edible glue, or even water.
16. Take a golf-ball sized piece of regal purple sugarpaste and roll this again into a smooth round ball.
17. The shape of the Triceratops is exactly the same as the Stegosaurus, so mould the sugarpaste using your fingertips as you did before.
18. To make the fan for around the Triceratops’ head, use the fluted-edge cutter to make another wavy-edged strip from your sugarpaste (roughly 2mm thick). Use the fluted edged circle again to cut out the underside of the strip (see photo 25).
19. Stick this around the top of the Triceratops’ head and wrap the ends underneath its chin, pressing gently to secure. You can use a little edible glue around the edge of the head to keep the fan in place.
20. Make 4 more legs as before and stick these underneath the Triceratops’ body. You can also at this point use the cone modelling tool to make two eyes in the Triceratops’ head. Stick two tiny pieces of black sugarpaste into the holes.
21. Make a second fan (the same size as the purple one) this time using frosted leaf sugarpaste. Stick this, using edible glue, to the back of the purple fan.
22. Add some detail to the Triceratops by sticking several tiny balls of frosted leaf sugarpaste in a row to its back.
23. Finally, give the Triceratops some horns by rolling two very small pieces of frosted leaf sugarpaste into pointy cone shapes. Stick these, using a small amount of edible glue, to the front of the Triceratops’ head.
Now that you’ve made your fondant dinosaur toppers, why not have a go at making your very own dinosaur cupcakes for them to sit on?