For more than two decades, kids have fallen in love with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Maybe its because of their fun attitudes, love for pizza or their awesome ninja moves, but for whatever reason, they are often beloved by kids regardless of gender or background. This makes the Ninja Turtles a great theme for a child's birthday party. With a few simple tricks, you can create a Ninja Turtle birthday cake that will match the party's theme and be a cake your child will never forget.
Flavoring and Coloring Your Cake
Plain yellow or vanilla cakes work well for this type of cake, as they taste great and are usually a crowd pleaser. Also, it is easier to dye the cake batter with food coloring. However, you can choose any number of cake flavors. Consider adding lime or peppermint extract to your cake to give it a kick and encourage the idea of being turtle green. Add several drops of green food coloring to your wet cake batter before baking. A green cake will add flair to your cake and make it easier to decorate later.
Choosing the Cake's Shape
You can choose to have a plain sheet or circular cake that you simply decorate. Or, you can add some personality to your sheet or circular cake by cutting it to the shape of a Ninja Turtle's head. To do this, lay your cooled cake flat. Lay an outline of your Ninja Turtle on top. With a long, sharp knife, cut around the outline. If you are not comfortable drawing your turtle outline, simply print one from the Internet. Adjust the sizing with photo editing software to be sure it is to your desired size. Don't worry too much about being perfect, the idea of it will add fun to the day no matter what.
Decorating the Ninja Turtle Cake
If your cake is green, you can simply choose to add icing details to develop the look of your turtle. Depending on what turtle your child favors (Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo or Raphael), you can add icing to make a colored bandanna over your turtle's eyes. If you do not have a pastry bag for clean and professional decorating lines, you can fill a plastic bag with frosting and cut off a small corner for easy use. Or, most grocery stores sell icing in easy-to-use packages with icing tips included.
Personalizing the Cake as Desired
Add the birthday boy or girl's name on the cake. You can use a popular Ninja Turtle saying, such as "Happy Birthday, Dude" or "Cowabunga!" These will add personality to your birthday cake while making the child who is receiving the gift feel extra special. Consider using candles on the cake that match the cake's theme, or little flags or toys that will add even more customization to the cake. Ninja Turtle rings sometimes come in large bags as party favors at party stores; these make great additions to a cake's décor.
Buying one From the Store
Baking and cake decorating isn't for everyone, and there is no shame in being too busy to take the time to dedicate to this project. If you feel you are more comfortable simply purchasing the cake from a store, it is usually a very simple task. Many grocery store chains have professional cake decorators that can help you develop a very personal birthday cake your child will love. They may even have designs in mind or that they can show you in a cake portfolio. Perhaps you could bring in a photo of the turtles, or even a photo edited printout of your child with a Ninja Turtle. Cake decorators can easily transfer this image to the top of the cake.
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