Turtle Cupcakes

No, not the candy with caramel and nuts, the animal!

I work in an after school program for kindergartners, and they’ve had a pretty intense fascination with turtles lately. I guess I can’t really blame them. Turtles are cool. Especially when they’re made out of frosting! These were a huge hit with the kids.

You will need:
Cupcakes (I used 12 chocolate and 12 yellow)
Frosting: I started with one stick of butter, 4 cups of powdered sugar, 1 tsp of vanilla, and added milk in 1 tsp increments until it had a good consistency for piping.
– blue (I used Wilton color gel in Sky Blue) – this will be used for covering the tops of the cupcakes
– light green (I used Wilton color gel in leaf green) – this will be used for the turtle shells
– slightly darker green (I added a little black gel and a little blue gel to my light green) – this will be used for the heads and feet
– brown frosting (only a few tablespoons) – this will be used for the faces on the turtles
A Piping bag and tips:
– small and medium round tips (Wilton 4 and 7)
– a small basketweave tip (Wilton 46)

Spread all your cupcakes with an even layer of blue frosting.

Put the light green frosting in a piping bag fitted with the #4 (small round) tip.
Pipe the outline of the turtle shell:

Using the same light green frosting, switch to the #46 (small basketweave) tip. Pipe a checkerboard pattern, rotating the tip 90 degrees to make alternating squares.

Put the darker green frosting in a piping bag with the #7 (medium round) tip. Hold the piping bag in place and pipe a large ball for the head, then smaller balls for the feet (pull away slightly at the end as you stop squeezing).

Put the brown frosting in a plastic ziploc bag and cut a TINY piece off the corner. You will want a very fine point for putting the faces on the turtles. Carefully pipe a mouth and two eyes onto each turtle head.

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10 Responses to “Turtle Cupcakes”


  1. 1 Lisa March 3, 2010 at 7:21 am

    These are too cute! Great job!

  2. 4 Jen March 3, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    wow, those are so cute!

  3. 5 Memoria March 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Awww, these really are so cute!!

  4. 6 Erin March 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    These are so, so cute!

  5. 7 Mike Melton March 4, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Those look so good…I really like the colors and the little smiley faces.

  6. 8 Anu March 4, 2010 at 7:20 am

    that is the most adorable thing! I admire your patience making those basketweave shells.

  7. 9 Chikarakobu March 5, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Oh my! So cute! What a great idea to get the turtle shell pattern 🙂


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