Turtle Cakes

Fun and Fabulous Turtle Cakes--No Need To Be Pokey--You'll Want To Make This Adorable Guy Quick!

Turtle birthday cakes are quite popular among children and teenagers. In recent years, many adults have started exploring cakes designed to resemble or reflect turtles and if you're having a turtle party, then a turtle birthday cake needs to make an appearance. Keep reading and you'll soon discover some fun cakes and easy how-to instructions.

Turtle Birthday Cakes – Creating a Cute Reptile Birthday Cake

These reptiles are popular to both those that have an appreciation for wildlife, and those that are attracted to fictional turtles in various types of media, such as the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, “Franklin”, and even “Sammy” from “A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures”. Throughout this page, we have posted a wide array of pictures that display various types of turtle birthday cakes. If you have an interest in creating this type of artistic cake, we encourage you to take a few minutes to review our pictures so that you may come up with your own ideas.


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This shell-shocked turtle birthday 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 had seen. I decided to have my turtle hiding in his shell, with only his eyes peeking outward. It’s unique, as well as simple 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 9-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.

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.

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.


By looking through the pictures of the turtle cakes that we have posted here, you can clearly see that there are many unique ways to create a cake that looks like or features a turtle. You may create a cake that displays a turtle from your favorite book, comic, cartoon, or movie. You may also create a highly detailed cake that displays a turtle that may be found in the ocean, or a local lake. You may create a basic turtle that is cute and is sure to bring delight to any birthday party. The pictures are sure to inspire you. If you need a little assistance, the following instructions may help you in creating a fun reptile cake:

Instructions on Creating a Cute Turtle Cake

Items Needed:

  • Wilton Soccer Ball Cake Pan
  • Green Cake Mix
  • Green Cake Icing
  • Decorating Bag
  • Yellow Icing
  • Small Cake Pan
  • Knife

Step 1: Mix the green cake mix and pour the batter into one side of the soccer ball cake pan and into the small cake pan.

Step 2: Once the two cake pans are finished baking, allow them to cool.

Step 3: Place the first cake on a cake tray. You should turn it over so that the rounded, decorated side is facing up.

Step 4: Cut the “head” and “legs” from the cake in the small cake pan and position them in the appropriate locations on the cake.

Step 5: Use the green icing to ice the entire cake.

Step 6: Use the yellow cake icing to create a face and outline the decoration that are part of the turtle shell on the cake.

Creating a turtle birthday cake does not have to be difficult. By taking a look at our pictures and using our instructions, you should be able to create this type of cake within an hour and a half. We would like to encourage you to try.

Once you start making the cake, be sure to take a lot of pictures. Then, come back to this page and share your stories and pictures with us! In turn, we will share them with our readers. Your creative expertise could very well help someone create a cake that looks like and/or displays a turtle.

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