Ninja Turtle birthday cake

When my son turned 6 years old, the theme of his birthday party was “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” I was inspired from this idea: I am not very experienced at cake decorating, but this was easy (plus my mom was in town to help!). Here is how we made this super fun cake:

You’ll need:

  • 1 dozen cupcakes
  • 1 9×13 cake
  • 1 round cake
  • 2-3 cans store-bought frosting (or homemade)
  • Wilton icing colors – green, black and  a color for the ninja headband (I used blue)
  • Black and white decorating icing
  • Round Wilton decorating tip
  • 13×9 cake board
  • Aluminum foil
  1. First, bake all of the cakes (a dozen cupcakes, 9×13 cake and round cake) and let them cool completely.
  2. Place the 9×13 cake on the cake board. This is the “body” of the turtle. Gently round the top 2 edges for the “shoulders” and trim a little more for the “hips.” Save these trimmings (to be used later for the ninja band).
  3. Next place the round cake (the head) above the body. I trimmed the face slightly so that the cheeks would stick out some.
  4. Take the leftover trimmings from the body and make two ninja band pieces and place to the right of the “head.”
  5. Mix the black icing color with your frosting. I made mine a dark gray. Use this to frost the “chest” of the turtle.
  6. Next, mix the green icing color to make frosting for the rest of the body, most of the head, and all of the cupcakes. Frost these pieces, and remember to leave space on the head for the ninja headband.
  7. Mix the icing color for the ninja headband and frost this part on the head and on the band pieces hanging off.
  8. To make the eyes, use your Wilton decorating tip and white decorating icing to make 2 eyes. Use the black icing to make small pupils on the eyes and to make a mouth.
  9. Take your cupcakes and place them around the body for arms & legs, using 3 cupcakes for each arm & leg.
  10. Lastly, to make nunchucks, roll some aluminum foil into 2 long sticks. If it’s easier, try wrapping the foil around a pencil or long object. Place a nunchuck on each side in the turtle’s “hands.”


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