TURTLE POWER! Having grown up in the 80′s with only a brother to be entertained by, I was “forced” to play with his Ninja Turtles, and “forced” to watch the TV show a time or two! I guess that was payback for making him play Barbies and My Little Pony!
When I heard there was a new 2014 movie coming out, I knew I had to make a cake- for remembrance sake! I can’t say I’ve kept up on the on goings of the Turtles since the 80′s and while making the video for this cake, I had to research which Turtle was which; Michelangelo is the orange mask, Donatello the blue, Raphael the red one, and Leonardo wears the purple mask. Don’t ask me which one has which weapon though! I obviously didn’t pay much attention to role play when we were with Splinter in sewer! I don’t think it’s a toy or series that really warrants much deep thought- why are turtles running around on two legs being ninja’s in the sewer?
I think this is a perfect cake and cake pop idea for those of our viewers that have been asking for it, as well as “boy” themed cakes ideas. For this cake I use TMNT cake pops to place into the top of the cake, and they provide a fun little extra for four special party goers! I hope all the children of the 80′s and the kids of today (a whole new generation that loves the Turtles), enjoy this cake idea!
Turtles in a half shell!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cake
- 8″ two layered cake covered in green Buttercream
- Melting chocolate- white, black, blue, purple, orange, red, tan, and green
- Lollipop sticks
- Prepared Vanilla Cake (to crumble up)
- Vanilla Buttercream
- Buttercream- grey, light grey and black
- Prepare and cover 8″ cake in green buttercream.
- Place prepared cake or cake scraps into a large bowl. Using both hands, crumble cake into tiny cake crumbs.
- Remove one cup of cake crumbs and combine with 2 tablespoons of buttercream and blend together, again using your hands, until it has a playdough like consistency. If the mixture is too wet, add more crumbs. If it is too dry, add more buttercream.
- Using a small cookie scoop (2-3 tablespoons), scoop out equal portions of dough and roll each into a small ball. Place each ball on a parchment lined baking tray and set aside.
- Melt the green chocolate in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl, by using 30-60 second intervals at 50% power and stir repeatedly after each interval of time.
- When green chocolate is melted and no chocolate chunks remain, dip an 1″ of a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate and insert the dipped portion of the stick into the middle of the cake ball. Repeat as required.
- Take tray with cake pops and place into the freezer for about 10 minutes to harden the chocolate on the sticks.
- When sticks are set, remove pops from freezer, and coat cake pops completely by dipping the balls into the melted chocolate (re-melt chocolate if necessary), allow the excess chocolate to drip off and stand cake pop upright in a cake pop stand and allow them to harden completely. Repeat for required number of cake pops. For this cake, I did four- one for each turtle.
- Melt red, orange, purple and blue chocolate inside piping bags and cut a small slit off the end of each bag.
- Take one colour and draw a bandanna around the turtle’s head. Repeat for each colour.
- Once bandanna’s are hardened, melt white and black chocolate in piping bags and cut a small slit off the end of each bag.
- Using the white chocolate, pipe the eyes on to the bandanna, and fill in a pupil using the black chocolate.
- Allow cake pops to harden completely.
- Melt the tan chocolate and using a spoon make a small “pizza” base. Allow to harden.
- Squeeze white chocolate in a messy manner all over the pizza. Add red circles for pepperoni. Allow to harden.
- Using the grey buttercream fitted with a #10 or #12 Wilton icing tip, cover the entire top of the cake.
- Switching the tip of the grey buttercream to a smaller round tip such as a #3 or #5, pipe man hole cover details on the top of the grey section; small perpendicular lines about an inch in length.
- Choose which side will be the front of the cake and pipe the TMNT logo onto the front. Outline the TMNT in light grey, using a small round tip, such as #3. Fill in the letters with the black buttercream using a round tip such as a #5.
- Pipe a border along the base of the cake, where it meets the cake board, using black buttercream and a #10 round tip. Squeezing the piping bag to form a ball, gently pull the bag away from the ball and release pressure. Continue around the base of the cake.
- To complete the cake, place the turtle cake pops into the cake. and the pizza in the middle of the cake.
- Serve when desired. This cake can be kept in the fridge for 2-3 days.