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Turtle and Snail Cupcakes
We originally made these fun turtle and snail cupcakes for a ‘Worth the Wait’ theme adoption party. The party featured slow animals and these cupcakes fit right into the theme.
We’re going to show you how to make simple turtle and snail cupcakes!
You’ll need a few things before you begin…
-food coloring (we used blue, green, light green, teal, yellow, and purple)
-small metal spatula or knife
-4 piping bags
-4 piping tips, similar to a wilton #2 round tip
-candy eye balls, optional
Separate the buttercream into 6 bowls.
The colors I used for the base of the cupcakes (blue and yellow) I put more buttercream in those bowls since I would need more.
The green and purple bowls will need slightly more buttercream than the light green and teal bowls. Dye each bowl with food coloring, I used Wilton gel food coloring.
Transfer the green, light green, purple, and teal frosting into separate piping bags that are fit with small round piping tips, similar to a wilton #2 round tip.
Use the piping bag filled with green frosting to draw a circle in the center on the cupcake.
Attached to the green circle, use the green frosting to add 4 legs, a small turtle tail and a head.
Fill in the turtle’s body and head with more green frosting.
Use a toothpick to smooth the green frosting.
Use the piping bag with light green frosting to add dots to the turtle’s back, representing his shell. Add candy eye balls if desired.
Use the piping bag filled with purple frosting to draw a large swirl in the center on the cupcake. I found it easiest to start on the outside of the swirl and work my way into the center.
Use the piping bag filled with teal frosting to add a curved line underneath and touching the purple swirl. This is the snail’s body.
Use the teal frosting to add a head and antenna’s to the snail.
Add one candy eye ball if desired.
The recipe I included below will make enough buttercream to frost 24 cupcakes.
Turtle and Snail Cupcakes
Yield: buttercream for 24 cupcakes
- 2 sticks of butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (helps to stabilize the buttercream - can be substituted with 1/2 cup butter)
- 3-4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or almond extract is tasty too!
- Use an electric mixer to beat the butter and vegetable shortening until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Add in the powdered sugar and extract, beat on low, until everything is incorporated, 2-3 minutes.
- Divide the buttercream into bowls and dye various colors.