I tried a from-scratch white cake recipe I found on epicurious for the dino cake. It was a bit dry to me. The cupcakes were made from my favorite go-to cake recipe, found in Deceptively Delicious. They have pumpkin and yogurt in them and always have good moisture and flavor. Now we're enjoying the leftovers!
(2 posts be/c this silly format won't let me post more than 1 image!)