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How to Make a Turtle Shaped Cake
A great cake for the little turtle fan in your life, the turtle shaped cake is ideal for a child's birthday, a fun celebration or even to celebrate a pet turtle's birthday. There are some fun ways to put together this cute cake, just choose the one that most appeals to you.
Quick and easy turtle cake
Bake the cakes needed.For this cake, you'll need:
- One round cake, any flavor or texture of choice
- Four cupcakes, same flavor and texture as the main cake, for the legs
- One cupcake for cutting into a tail shape
- One cupcake (same flavor and texture), baked in a much larger container, such as a large muffin container, for the head
- Buttercream frosting, in the color of the turtle––usually green is best but you can use the child's favorite color if preferred
- Candies for decorating the turtle.
Bake the cakes if not already done.Allow them to cool down before adding the frosting.
- Cut the tail shape out of one of the cupcakes. A simple triangle will do, or a curve. Cut the cupcake in half first and use the bottom half to create this tailpiece.
Arrange the cakes on a serving plate.This could be a large platter or a cake board. It is important to use the presentation base now, as you won't be able to move the cake again after you start frosting it.
- Place the large round cake in the center.
- Place the four cupcakes at suitable intervals for the turtle's legs.
- Place the head at the front part of the cake.
- Place the tail at the back of the cake.
Frost the cake into shape.The frosting will cover the joins of the cake.
- Using a butter knife or a frosting spatula, cover all of the cakes with frosting, including the legs, tail and head. When you reach the joins, be generous with the frosting and smooth it over to cover any dips.
Decorate to finish off the turtle cake.Add M&Ms or Skittles for eyes, a curved candy for a smile. Add a line of green licorice to the tail (optional).
- You can use candies as toenails if you like.
High rise turtle cake
This cake is similar to the previous one but uses a cake container that makes a much higher shaped turtle.
Bake the cakes needed.For this cake, you'll need:
- 1 cake cooked in a pudding basin (butter cake mix or chocolate cake mix are the easiest choices)
- 2 cupcakes for feet (same cake mix)
- 1 cupcake for the head (same cake mix)
- Chunky length of licorice for the tail
- Green frosting for the body, chocolate frosting for the head, feet and tail
- Candies for eyes and smile.
Allow the cakes to cool fully before frosting.
Arrange the cake directly on the serving platter or board.Place the pudding bowl cake in the center of the serving plate or board.
Cut the 2 cupcakes into halves.These will be positioned as feet shortly.
Frost the pudding bowl cake.Cover it completely in the green frosting.
Frost the uncut sides of the cupcake feet.Also frost the head.
While the frosting is still dry, push the feet firmly against the already frosted body of the turtle.Ensure that they are all positioned at even intervals, to make it look like turtle feet. Do any touch-ups needed from handling the cupcake halves.
Attach the head at the front as well.While still wet, push candies in place for eyes and a candy smile (or you can simply draw a smile using a skewer).
Push the tail into the back of the cake.Cover with chocolate frosting.
Make turtle shell marks across the green part of the cake.Use a skewer to draw on arch-shaped shell imprints across the whole shell part of the cake. If wished, use the skewer to also add claw shapes to the turtle's feet.
Serve.The turtle cake is now ready to join the party.
Turtle in the pond cake
Make a standard square or round cake.It can be any flavor you like but it's usually a good idea to choose the flavor the recipient likes the most. Allow to cool completely, then place on the cake plate it will be served on.
Cover the cake with green royal icing, sugar paste or frosting.Choose the medium you find easiest to work with. The green color represents the grass around the pond.
Make a pond area on the cake.Using either blue food gel or blue frosting, mark out a circle or kidney shape for the pond. Infill with the blue food gel or frosting. This forms the pond.
Add pond items.You can add some sugar paste lily pads, sugar paste water lilies, sugar paste rocks, etc.
Add some reeds.Pipe green frosting in clumps all the way around the pond. This forms the pond reeds.
Make a few turtles.Use sugar paste, marzipan, or similar to form turtle shapes. If you don't want to make it, some candy stores will stock turtle shaped chocolates; check online for suppliers. To make a basic sugar paste turtle:
- Roll a center piece of green sugar paste into a ball. This makes the turtle's shell. If you wish, carve small shell pieces across the ball. An alternative is to add contrasting colored flattened spots in sugar paste.
- Roll four small balls and attach to the shell as legs, at even intervals, opposite each other.
- Roll a slightly larger small ball for the head. Attach at the front of the shell.
- Roll a little tail. Attach to the back of the shell.
- Add small eyes.
Place the turtles on the cake.Have some in the pond, some on rocks and some sitting on the grass.
Video: Turtle Cake (How To)
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