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.
“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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some serious shiznat right here.
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:
Most geektastic. I almost got his scar tattooed on my butt.
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.
Most obvious representative of our people.
Texas pride. Too much, not enough. That Willie cake is amazing, right?
BEST IN SHOW
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.
Best cake to garnering groupies.
I became this cake’s stalker. Obsessed.
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.
Exact replica, right? Ace of Cakes good.
Oh… and by the way. Disco dust.
Anon and anon.
After an amazing day, I settled on a prime medium for my dino-geek cake.
– 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)
– 1 cup heavy cream
– 1-3 tablespoons of confectioners sugar
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.
Fold the cookie crumbs into the brownie cake batter.
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.
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.
Process the rest of the cookies and sprinkle over whipped cream.
Ross is so pumped right now.
Cookie crumbs and cream. Practically makes you jealous of the dead Rex.
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.
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.
What was T. Rex’s favorite number?
Ross was kind enough to educate me on the sounds made by dinosaurs.
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Don’t forget to visit Bake it in a Cake to see the original idea!