Once I discovered the trick to making Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle apples, the basic idea for Ben's birthday party cake fell into place. Who needs a TMNT cake when you can make TMNT cupcakes?
Prior to this, I saw tons of adorable cupcakes online, but I am not a cake decorator, I do not play one on tv, and I am not adept at working with fondant at all. I don't even pretend I know how to do that. But these cupcakes? These are easy, even for those who eschew cake decorating. With a bit of help from Immaculate Baking (see this post for more details), I had a plan!
What you need:
Cupcakes (we made chocolate ones with Immaculate Baking)
Green icing, Betty Crocker brand, in a can that comes with decorating tips
Fruit by the Foot Flavor Mixers
How to make:
- Bake your cupcakes, let cool, preferably overnight.
- Using the star tip that comes with your can of icing, neatly swirl a layer of icing over the cupcake. I start from the middle and keep turning circles till I cover most of the top.
- Cut strips of Fruit by the Foot to act as the mask for each cupcake, peel each in half to separate the colors.
- Layer a mask strip on top of the icing.
- Put some icing on a plate and using a toothpick, spread a dot of icing on the back of each candy eyeball.
- Stick the eyeballs to the mask, the icing will help hold them in place.
Make a bunch, stack them on a cupcake tree and it's a birthday centerpiece and cake!
For Ben's birthday party, the top cupcake is iced but without the turtle decorations so we were able to put the candles into it and have 4 of each turtle on the cupcake tree.
In case you were curious, Ben wanted a Donatello one! Stay tuned for the rest of his birthday posts (decorations and favors), and check out our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Apples for a healthier snack!