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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Baby Sea Turtle Cupcakes

Last year, my mother-in-law was throwing a baby shower and wanted me to make the dessert.  She didn't know if the baby was going to be a boy or a girl, and the information she gave me was, "she loves sea turtles."  I spent some time thinking about what I wanted to make, and finally, with the help of Adam, I came up with the idea to have a mommy sea turtle cake, and baby sea turtle cupcakes.

This was before my blogging days, so I don't have pictures of the whole process, but I will try to be descriptive.

Since this is Cupcake Month, I am going to focus on the cupcake turtles.  The first thing I did was bake some chocolate cupcakes using my basic recipe.  After letting them cool, I cut the tops off all the cupcakes (this would be a great opportunity for making whoopie pies since you don't use the tops for the cupcakes).  I filled the cupcakes with a raspberry buttercream, but that is not necessary for the recipe.

At this point, I began working with the cupcakes one at a time.  To make the turtle shell/body, I turned the cupcake bottom upside-down and frosted the top.  I colored some fondant a light green, and covered the cupcake (click here for more information about food coloring, and here for a post about covering cakes with fondant).  If you are doing this at home, you should have a small round shape like a shell that is a solid light green color. 

The next thing I did was make the diapers.  I cut a circle of white fondant, then cut it in half, then cut two slits for the diaper.  Place the straight edge along the bottom of the cupcake and wrap around.  Then fold the diaper down, folding the sides first, then the middle over the sides.

I put Adam in charge of limbs.  He rolled small logs of light green fondant into arms and legs.  He bent the arms to make them the shape of a sea turtle arm.  Adam made the heads by covering a Reese's egg with light green fondant.

We made the finishing touches by cutting various sized circles out of dark green fondant to cover the shell.  The head was finished by adding eyes (small white circles of fondant with a black food coloring dot) and a pacifier.  I bought the small candy pacifiers, and Adam cut off the part that goes in a mouth.  We used a bit of frosting to stick the pacifier on the mouth of the turtle.  Since we didn't know the gender of the baby, we added some blue ones for boys.

And some pink ones for girls.

Then placed them on this three tier dessert stand.


  1. Adorable! I love anything cupcake and these are just amazing.

    I would love for you to share this mommy solution on my meme.

  2. I heart turtles! I love for you to share it at my linky party:
    Thanks, Tara

  3. These r sooo cute! I'd love it of you'd share this with WorkShop Wednesday. It woud make a great addition to the party!

  4. You are very talented. This is super cute!

  5. Absolutely adorable!! You have so much talent!

  6. Oh My Gosh!!! How adorable!! I would love it if you shared this idea/recipe at my Cast Party Wednesday.
    I hope to see you there!

  7. Absolutely adorable! You are soo clever and creative!

  8. Oh, those are just amazingly cute! I would be honored if you would link them up to my Commercial Break Thursday!


  9. So cute! You're very talented to be able to make these.

  10. These are so darn cute!

  11. This is the cutest thing I've seen in a long time! You did a great job! I'd like to invite you to share on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  12. OMG!!!!!!! Those are the cutest!

  13. This is the most adorable cake I have ever seen.

    We have a link-up party going on - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. I would really appreciate if you'd link up some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.

  14. So cute! I am planning on making these for my sisters baby shower. Did you do the same thing for the big cake? What did you use for the head, arms and legs?

    Thanks! Shelbi Wilson

  15. How awesome are these! My youngest is having her first baby and both of them love turtles so I was searching the internet for ideas and this is darling!


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