Turtle Shaped Cake
This shell-shocked turtle cake was created for my nephew’s birthday. I wanted to make him a turtle cake, but I wanted it to be different than others I’ve seen. I decided to have my turtle hiding in his shell, with only his eyes peeking outward. It’s unique as well as simpler to make since you don’t have to fuss with a head or legs. It also reminds me a bit of those old Mario Nintendo games, which he’s just starting to appreciate and which most of us are nostalgic for. King Koopa, eat your heart out.
The first step is to bake two pound cake mixes in one nine inch round pan and one dome shaped cake pan. Let them cool completely (putting them in the freezer for an hour or so isn’t even a bad idea) before beginning cake work. Whip up a batch of buttercream frosting while you wait. I used buttercream as a base for marshmallow fondant, but you can decorate your cake with only buttercream if you don’t wish to use fondant at all.
Nine Inch Round Cake and Dome Shaped Cake
Trimming the Turtle Carapace
My next step was to trim the round cake, which serves as the turtle carapace, at an angle to simulate a turtle’s underbelly. I then covered it in buttercream and applied a light green fondant all over it.
For the turtle shell, I colored my fondant a dark green, applied buttercream to the dome-shaped cake, and covered it in the marshmallow fondant. I tried to shape the outer edges to look more like a turtle shell by pinching them together (similar to pie crust edges). I then placed the dome on top of the carapace piece.
I created the plates in his shell by lightly cutting into the fondant with a cutting tool. You can use a knife (gently) if you don’t have fondant-specific tools.
Turtle Shell Cake
I lifted some of the fondant on the dome cake to create a place for the turtle’s “face”. Next I used black fondant to create the inside of the turtle shell, along with white fondant eyes and black centers. I then gave him a light green tail as a finishing touch.
Shell-Shocked Turtle Shaped Cake
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