How To Make A Smoking Volcano Cake

MyCupcakeAddiction shares this fantastic video tutorial!

Learn how to make this easy and super cool smoking volcano cake - perfect for Hawaiian Luau themed parties and Dinosaur events! Yet another awesome idea for how you can use your giant cupcake mold!

You can also carve this cake using 2 x 6" round x 3" high cakes. This cake serves about 12 people.

Tools & Equipment:

  • Cake Board (I used a 9" square)
  • Plastic toy dinosaurs & trees (I got them from the toy section of Kmart in Australia - $15 for 200 pieces!)
  • Wire rack / cooling rack
  • Baking Tray
  • Bread knife
  • Serrated edge knife
  • Butter knife
  • Circle cutter (I used a 2.5")
  • Scissors
  • 2 x Zip lock bags

For smoking effect:
  • Shot glass or small container (plastic or glass, it doesn't matter)
  • Medicine dropper
  • Dried ice pellets (check online for your nearest supplier - mine were $8 for a whole kilo!)


  • Giant Cupcake, baked as per our tutorials below (I used a chocolate mud cake recipe for mine)
  • Dark chocolate ganache (recipe below
  • White chocolate ganache (recipe below) - Half coloured red, half coloured orange. You can use liquid, gel or paste colours for this.
  • Ganache Recipes:
  • White Ganache: 600g white chocolate + 200ml whipping cream
  • Dark Ganache: 400g dark chocolate + 200ml whipping cream
  • Combine cream and chocolate - microwave for 1 minute at a time until all ingredients are melted - about 3-4 minutes total. You can also use a saucepan to heat the cream till it boils, then remove from heat and pour chocolate into the saucepan, stirring till its completely melted.
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