Monday, May 18, 2015

TMNT Cupcakes- Turtle Power!

Oh no...this little guy wasn't the least bit excited to dive right into his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cupcakes, not at all. Admittedly, this was his second year of a TMNT themed bday party. The difference? He started school this year so we made a bigger to do of it than the family and friends style one from last year. 

Now don't get me wrong, I love baking cakes, but for little ones and birthday parties, cupcakes are my go to. Much easier to serve, and easier for little hands to pick up and eat.

To get the same look you just need a few easy supplies. The first thing I made sure to have on hand were cupcake liners in the colors of those awesome dudes. This means purple for Donatello, orange for Michelangelo, blue for Leonardo, and red for Raphael. (The orange had more of a yellow hue after baking, but still got the idea across.)

The next thing you are going to want are Oreo cookies, or similarly styled store brand cookies. These are going to be your sewer lid covers for those turtles to peep through. I twisted the tops off carefully and stored them tightly in a Ziploc bag while I waited for the cupcakes to bake and cool. This just makes the assembly part much easier when the time comes. 

You're also going to want frosting for your cupcakes, and I just did a mix of green and orange for ours since we had both chocolate and vanilla cupcakes. Along with that, make sure you get a tube of plain white frosting. This makes it possible to attach those fun sugar turtle faces to the cream side of the cookies. To get those just click here to order them off of Amazon. After you peel off the sugar face from the packaging, just put a dab of white frosting on the back and then push it onto the cream side of the cookie to secure it. Again, do all this while you wait for the cupcakes to bake and cool to make the final process that much easier.

To put them all together, frost your cupcakes and then put the cookie side with the faces onto the cupcake. Then, angle the plain cookie side just a bit and stick it into the frosting to look like the lifted sewer lid. Hint:Make sure your cupcakes have a good thick layer of frosting to hold everything in place. When you have everything put together, place in your fridge to cool the frosting and secure everything in place. For a little variety you can also just put plain Oreos on the top of some of your cupcakes. Just remember to take the cupcakes out about an hour before serving so the frosting won't be rock hard but will still keep the lids lifted.