Lately there has been Wild Kratts fever around here. My boy LOOOOVES Wild Kratts! Are you familiar with it? It’s a fantastic show on PBS Kids. On Wild Kratts the characters reside and work on a giant robotic turtle, The Tortuga, pictured below.
I threw my son a Wild Kratts birthday party a couple of weeks ago, and today I’m showing you how I made the cake for the party. It’s not a professional cake by any means. If you want a perfectly polished cake then head to a great cake decorating blog like Ashlee Marie. But if cake making isn’t your strong suit and you’re looking for something simple then this is for you. As my sister once said to me when she saw my Minnie Mouse cake, “You have many talents . . . cake decorating does not seem to be one of them.” Haha. Brutal honesty. Only from family! 😉
Here is how I made it. You will need two boxes of vanilla cake mix, two cans of vanilla frosting, green food coloring, green frosting in a tube (pictured below), and shredded coconut.
The great thing about making lazy cakes is that little urchins can help. 😉
Whip up the two cake mixes, add green food coloring, and pour the batter into very well greased (with Baking PAM) pans. You will need a dome cake pan (ours is soccer ball pan because that’s all I had), four cupcakes, and a slightly larger head (I used a ramekin). Once they are all baked then arrange them in a turtle shape. If there is extra cake cut a triangle piece to place as the tail.
Scoop the vanilla frosting out of the container and into a large bowl. Add green food coloring and whip it together with a hand mixer. Frost your cake. It may not look awesome. It may look like mine. 😉 Put some shredded coconut in a sandwich ziploc bag, add a few drops of green food coloring, and shake it up. Sprinkle the coconut around your turtle so it looks like grass.
Use dark green frosting from a tube with a round opening frosting tip (shown below) to pipe Tortuga patterns around. I did a circle on the top and then did the lines and dots around the sides so that it looked like the creature power discs on the show.
Ta-da! Your imperfect Tortuga cake is done! And you know what? The kids LOVED it!! My nephew and son were SOOOO impressed. Makes a mama feel good. 🙂
Be sure to check out the whole birthday party HERE. 🙂
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