Nerdiness is not what it used to be. It’s suddenly cool now. Why couldn’t this have happened earlier, like when I was in High School? Every page or social site you click on, there’s articles, GIF’s, and memes about how awestastic it is to read books. Suddenly, Star Trek is the cat’s meow.

 

There is still one area of geekdom that I feel is somewhat underrated, and that is is archaeology.  Or, paleontology, for the Rosses out there.

 

I felt it was time to create a recipe in honor of the dead dinosaur posse.

Source: http://glasstire.com

Source: http://glasstire.com

 

“When I was your age, we didn’t have arms long enough to play video games. We had to walk hundreds of miles to school, only to find ourselves with the hot mess that is the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction.”

Except the birds. They got away.

 

I was unable to contrive a tantalizing dino dessert, that is, until inspiration hit me at the Takes The Cake Show. An awesome cake convention in Austin, TX.

 

Allow me to share with you what this place is about (more about fossils later).

My friend, Kimberly Chapman of Eat the Evidence is a member of the committee and helps to run the event. Boy were they busy!

Takes the Cake Austin 

 

She is hilarious, and the prefect balance between being outspoken yet kind. I love this chick. Kimberly generously arranged a press pass for the convention.

 

1 Fine Cookie

 

We took a photo together but it was blurry. They were all blurry. Strangers no bueno with DSLR.

The only successful photo was one by myself.

Jasmin Fine of 1 Fine Cookie

 

Can’t even see my awesome press pass. Not even a photo bomber in sight. Fail.

 

My friend Amy of Sparkle Cupcakes joined forces with 1 Fine Cookie. Before we checked out the cake competition a bit of squeeing over the photo booth was in order.

1 Fine Cookie

 

Chicks love photo booths. Omg omg omgomg ogmomgomgmfomgom photo booth! Hat’s. So fetch.

 

Some bystander proclaimed, “Awww you forgot to smile.”

No lady, this is intentional.

 

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Some serious shiznat right here.

 

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Amy is busy making out with the photo lens, while I’m keeping an eye out for a heavy cream attack.

 

We finally made our way to the cakes. Although they had their own judging, 1 Fine Cookie decided they were totally crazy for not enlisting my services.

 

Here are my “winning” cakes:

 

Harry Potter Cake

 

Most geektastic. I almost got his scar tattooed on my butt.

 

Shopping Cake

 

Best at convincing us to buy it because it’s on sale. We don’t need it, but just be happy this high wasn’t from whippets.

 

Bonus points for underwear. I love undergarments.

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Texas Cakes

 

Most obvious representative of our people.

Texas pride. Too much, not enough. That Willie cake is amazing, right?

 

BEST IN SHOW

 

Kid's cakes

 

These were my favorite. Best by far. Why?

1. Because the majority of these pieces actually consist of cake.

2. If an adult made any of these you would question their sanity. Children get away with things that dreams are made of.

3. When some non-professional criticizes my recipes/work, I want to smile and decorate their face like the one in the upper left-hand corner.

4. It’s about frosting and edible glitter. That is all.

 

Eagle Cake

 

Best cake to garnering groupies.

I became this cake’s stalker. Obsessed.

 

Eagle stance

 

Just as fans must pose with their Beiber, it was vital I photo with my lover.

 

Amy and I took our inspiration to the cupcake decorating table.

 

Eagle Fondant Skills

 

Exact replica, right? Ace of Cakes good.

 

Oh… and by the way. Disco dust.

disco dust

 

Anon and anon.

 

Thanks to Kimberly of Eat the Evidence, Takes the Cake, and my date Amy of Sparkle Cupcakes.

After an amazing day, I settled on a prime medium for my dino-geek cake.

 

 

Ingredients

- Recipe for chocolate brownie cake (It tastes more like an Oreo than regular cake recipes. Take the brownie cake recipe from my peanut butter cup cake post and double the ingredients)

- White chocolate

- Package of Oreo cookies

- 1 cup heavy cream

1-3 tablespoons of confectioners sugar

 

Tools

Fossil mold

 

 

Make your brownie cake batter based on instructions from the pb cake post.

 

Crush up about half of a package of Oreo cookies (16, give or take) in a food processor.

Crush Cookies

 

 

Fold the cookie crumbs into the brownie cake batter.

 

Cookies and Cream Crumb Cake by 1 Fine Cookie

 

It won’t be airy like a typical chocolate cake, rather, dense and deep just as a soft cookie would be.

 

Bake in any shape your please at 350 degrees, for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

 

Now grab your fossil mold.

fossil mold

 

Fill with melted white chocolate. Allow to harden and pop out. Repeat until you have enough pieces for your cake.

Place mixing bowl and whisk in freezer for about 15-30 minutes. Whip cold heavy cream with about 1-3 tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar to taste.

Cover cake with whipped cream and place white chocolate bones on top.

 

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Process the rest of the cookies and sprinkle over whipped cream.

 

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Ross is so pumped right now.

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Cookie crumbs and cream. Practically makes you jealous of the dead Rex.

 

 

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Roar. or however dinosaurs sounded.

 

Wan’t to know how to bake fossils into your cake?

 

I was inspired by the original idea by Bake it in a Cake. I will provide a link at the bottom and encourage to see some of the crazy cupcake ideas by Megan.

 

Make a white cake batter.

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Fill your fossil mold with batter and bake at 325 degrees for about 8-9 minutes. You do not want it brown. In fact, you want it a little too moist because it will be baked a second time.

Place cake pieces in bottom of baking pan, then pour batter over. Bake.

 

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What was T. Rex’s favorite number?
…Eight

 

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Ross was kind enough to educate me on the sounds made by dinosaurs.

 

 

 

 ****If you are considering posting up photos or ideas from this or any other posts I am truly happy that you are excited and find my recipes interesting enough to share with others. Please see copyright standards in the footer (bottom) AND follow them!!!! In other words, 1 photo WITH credit+ link back, and do NOT copy and paste my instructions!

 

Don’t forget to visit Bake it in a Cake to see the original idea!

 

 

20 Responses to Fossil Cake. Made with Cookies and Cream Crumb Batter. Archaeology is the New Literary Nerd.

  1. Oh my gosh that cake is so creative!

  2. This cake is so awesome! Love it!!!

  3. 1) I can’t believe I didn’t find this until now!

    2) I swear I found it because I was using your blog as a good potential layout sample for Peo’s science blog that we’re making (I knew yours was the kind that has posts truncated with Read More on the front page).

    3) Then Peo and I saw that top thing and got derailed coming to read, and she said, “MOM! THAT’S YOU!!!” Freaky. :D

    4) Then we were all like, “Hey, we have that mold, and its companion Triceratops!”

    5) Then I laughed out loud at your eagle pose, and she laughed out loud at “Mad Fondant Skills”.

    6) Then we got to the thing at the bottom and yeah, we’re going to have to make one of these soon. Peo’s in a tizzy to have edible fossil cake. You have a new small fan.

    You rock. I heart you so much. Off to post this on G+ with much glee.

    • Jasmin says:

      @Kimberly,
      1. I thought I texted it to you!?!?! I am an ass.

      2. I wish we had time to chat and take more photos. PROMISE me we meet again sooooooon.

      3. I am a fan of Peo so this could work out quite well.

      You rock too. You’re talented and I wish I could feature you more. Female crush ;)

  4. Lori says:

    the cake mold pieces baked inside the cake is brilliant!! I may try this for my little one’s birthday.

    I’ve made the regular ol’ dirt cake several times (my boys love it way more than regular cake), once putting a Lightning McQueen theme on top and another time putting Star Wars and a Dagobah swamp on top (with a colored sugar glass piece for the swamp).

    Another fun thing to do is use Nutter Butter cookies/Nilla wafers for a sand/desert theme. A desert dessert!!

  5. Amanda says:

    This so awesome!!! My son’s fifth birthday is at a dinosaur mueseun and this is perfect!! Love it! Just one question, the link for the mold is a ice cube tray, did you have any trouble baking it in the oven? Thanks for posting this!

  6. Amanda says:

    This so awesome!!! My son’s fifth birthday is at a dinosaur mueseum and this is perfect!! Love it! Just one question, the link for the mold is a ice cube tray, did you have any trouble baking it in the oven? Thanks for posting this!

  7. Sara says:

    Exactly what I’ve been looking for for my little paleontologists birthday next month! I definitely want to try the ‘burried’ fossils and found the mold online. But what kind of cake pan did you use? It looks slightly rounded but no hole in the middle – or did you just fill in the hole with whipped cream?

  8. Great idea for a cake! : )

  9. This is a fantastically fun cake! I know some munchkins that will be over the moon if I make this cake! :)

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  11. Nancy says:

    Cool cake! I’m trying to make it for my twins’ birthday this weekend. I followed the link to your brownie cake, but it directs to a buttermilk chocolate cake. Is it the same recipe? Thanks so much!

  12. Cake Fan says:

    Hey, your cake looks amazing, but please don’t act like you invented the idea. This dinosaur fossil cake has existed on the internet with a recipe long before you made it… c’mon. Give credit where it’s due and don’t claim other’s ideas as your own.

    • Jasmin says:

      @cake fan,
      1. If you’re going to be rude and try to “call people out,” use your real name. THAT’S being legit and having decency, fake person. People who troll around the internet using anonymous names are caca breath losers who live in their mom’s basements.
      2. I would be glad to credit, as I do on virtually every post when my recipe is inspired by another’s innovative/unique idea.
      I googled fossil cake, and mine is the only one with fossil cake shapes baked in. https://www.google.com/search?q=fossil+cake&es_sm=119&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=CjgsVPLzDJaoyATkrICQBQ&ved=0CB8QsAQ&biw=916&bih=687#tbm=isch&q=fossil+baked+into+cake&imgdii=_
      So c’mon, caca breathe. Back up with a link of this same recipe, and I will be happy to post it as I always try my best to do.
      3. Caca breathe

    • CakeFan [citation needed]

      Jasmin is known in blogging circles for promoting credit where credit is due as she’s been the victim of out and out plagiarism. If you’re going to accuse her of not giving credit, you’d better come prepared with a source.

      Which I know she’s already said herself but hey, it bears repeating and I’m always one to speak out when my friends are falsely accused by anonymous cowards. Oh, and just so we’re clear, that’s a phrase I’m borrowing from Slashdot, whereas the [citation needed] is a play on Wikipedia. See? Citations are easy when you have a clue!

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