Easy Dinosaur Cupcakes

Easy Dinosaur Cupcakes

Hugo turned 3 last weekend. I’m not sure how this happened since I just gave birth to him yesterday, but alas I have a 3 year old. We didn’t do a big party or anything, since a house full of 3 year olds is kinda my nightmare, and trying to get Hugo to share his toys for 2 hours doesn’t sound like fun for anyone. S0- I asked what he wanted. This year is all about dinosaurs, so he requested some dinosaur cupcakes for his friends, a visit to see dinosaurs at the Field Museum, and a “pink raspberry birthday cake.” I managed to check off all 3 boxes and am pretty proud of myself for pulling it all off. (I will blog that cake eventually- I wasn’t able to photograph it, but it was SO GOOD.)

Easy Dinosaur Cupcakes

I love these cupcakes because they are such an easy way to make something cute and festive for a dino-lover’s speical day. You start with a cupcake- any old cupcake recipe you like. I made banana cupcakes using this recipe, but in cupcake form. I swirled on some classic cream cheese frosting, and that was the base. I wanted some crumbs to look like sand or rocks, and used some crushed vanilla wafers I had in my pantry. Any beige/brown cookie would do, even graham crackers would be great. Top with a little toy dinosaur and there you go. They double as a little favor, because what kid doesn’t love cute and teeny dinosaurs? I bought this pack from Amazon and they were great. I wanted something inexpensive but still realistic looking and decent quality.

Easy Dinosaur Cupcakes

There you have it. I’m not including a recipe because I don’t think you need one. For these 12 cupcakes I used about 1/2 cup of crushed cookie crumbs. Let me know if you have any questions!



  1. So cute and so simple! Totally bookmarking this idea for future kids parties.

  2. Excelent!!! Awesome cake, My mother will make this cake on my daughter’s birthday, which is helding on next month. Because she loves her very much.

  3. Chelsea Markley says:

    So cute! What type of cookies did you use for the cookie crumbs?

  4. I made a double batch of these cupcakes for my grandson’s second bday party and they were a HUGE hit! Thank you so much!

    1. I want to do some for my son’s 2nd birthday but didn’t know if the little dinosaurs would be a choking hazard?

      1. I would just take them off before serving. I don’t think the size don’t think the size dinos I used would be an issue at that age

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