Do you have a child who loves the Ninja Turtles? Growing up, my husband and I were both huge Ninja Turtle fans. I used to get up early every morning before school so I could catch the latest episode. If I wasn’t going to be home in time, the VCR was put to work recording the latest afternoon episode. As an adult, I still love watching some of the old episodes (even if it does seem a little corny now). With a new Ninja Turtle movie coming out soon, I want to do a marathon of watching not only the last movie, but some of the older movies and cartoon episodes as well. All I needed was Ninja Turtle-inspired food for the occasion.
Luckily, one of my favorite baking friends, Krista, shared with me the cutest Ninja Turtle cupcakes ever that she made for her son’s birthday party. The moment I saw these cupcakes, I have to admit, I was amazed. They looked absolutely amazing! When I asked how she did it, she was happy to write it down for me and told me I was welcome to share it with everyone. To say the least, I am pretty excited and couldn’t wait to share these adorable cupcakes with you.
Below, you will find the detailed recipe, as well as how to make the cute Ninja Turtle decorations on top as well. If you make these yourself, make sure to tag us and show us your hard work! So what do you think – cute or no?
Note: Special thanks to my friends Krista from Adventures of Country Divas for helping me with this recipe and pictures!Print
Ninja Turtle Cupcakes
Have a child that loves the Ninja Turtles? Check out these awesome Ninja Turtle Cupcakes & learn how to make them here!
- Category: Character
- Cuisine: Cupcake
- 3 cup flour
- 3 1/2 baking powder
- 1 cup margarine
- 2 cup sugar
- 4 eggs
- 4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk
- 4 C powdered sugar
- 1 C sweet cream
- 4 TBSP Heavy Whipping Cream
- Green food coloring
Royal Icing Recipe:
- 2 egg whites
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 2+Cu powdered sugar
- food coloring for red, blue, orange, and purple
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Using paper liners line the cupcake tins.
- Cream margarine and sugar until light and smooth in a mixing bowl with electric mixer.
- Sift flour and baking powder together in another bowl.
- Add eggs one at a time to the margarine and sugar mixing bowl.
- Continue mixing.
- Add vanilla extract.
- Mix flour and baking powder in with the margarine, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
- Slowly add milk and beat well.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.
- Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
- Mix the sweet cream and 3 C powdered sugar until it becomes creamy.
- If the frosting is not creaming add heavy whipping cream.
- If the frosting is too soft add 1/2 C powdered sugar.
- Check to see if the frosting forms stiff peaks.
- If not add more powdered sugar.
- Add 4-5 drops of green food coloring.
- Mix with a spoon to ensure the desired color.
- Using a pastry bag and a large tip, frost the cupcakes.
Royal Icing Directions:
- Combine all ingredients on medium speed for 4 minutes.
- Divide the royal icing into 4 small bowls.
- Add 5 drops of red food coloring into one bowl.. Stir well.
- Add 5 drops of blue food coloring into second bowl… Stir well.
- Add 5 drops of orange food coloring into third bowl…. Stir well
- Add 5 drops of purple food coloring into fourth bowl…. Stir well.
- Using a small pastry bag and a #2 pastry tip for each of the colors; red, blue, orange, and purple.
- Search Google for cartoon image of the Ninja Turtles.
- Copy/paste to word.
- Save to your folder.
- Print this image.
- Tape this page with the picture of the Ninja Turtles to a cookie sheet.
- Cut/tear enough wax paper to cover the page with Ninja Turtles printed on it.
- Using the royal icing, either the red, blue, orange, or purple with a #2 tip trace the image of the Ninja Turtles.
- If it is to be outlined….Trace this first.
- Fill in the Ninja Turtle mask with more royal icing to match the outlining color.
- Allow to dry 5-10 hours.
- Ensure that the images are dry by gently pushing in on one of them.
- If they allow you to push in they are not dry.
- Once the page with the images of the Ninja Turtle Mask is dry…remove the tape from the wax paper and cookie sheet.
- Cut the wax paper into squares surrounding the dried images.
- Gently peel the wax paper from the back of the Ninja Turtles.
- Make a small cut in the frosting in the center of the frosted cupcake.
- Place the Ninja Turtle mask in the cut on the cupcake.
Do you have a child who loves the Ninja Turtles?
They’re cute. They don’t really look like the ninja turtles, but I love the colors and they sound delicious!
Minta Boggs says
OMGosh, these are just too cute! Love how you made the frosting look so swirly!
rachel cartucci says
I want to make these for my Jack’s birthday! Such a great idea and the decorating isn’t hard so I think I could make these.
courtney hennagir says
These are amazing! My son would freak out if I made these!
SUSAN FAATZ says
THESE ARE SO CUTE. THEY WOULD BE A GREAT BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR A BOY.
Linda Manns Linneman says
These are so cute and sound so good. I will be making these for my grandkids who will love them
Fee Roberts says
These are adorable! I’ll have to try to make these for my nephew. He loves the Ninja Turtles.
Gina H. says
Those are so cute & easy, even I could make them!
Sarh S says
Such an awesome idea! My son would have LOVED these for his birthday, which was a month ago and he has asked at least once a day since then when his next birthday will be!
Holly Thomas says
These are so cute!
Lori Pouncey says
These are so great, love them! I bet they taste delish! Thank you for the recipe and your hard work! perfect for a birthday party 🙂
amanda whitley says
these are so cute!! my son would love these
Heidi Salisbury says
Very cool cupcakes. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will be trying these.
Sandra Watts says
I totally love these. They are so cute.
Jerry Marquardt says
These look so great for the kids and for us, they looks delicious and moist. I am going to try this out this week.
Brooke Owens says
These are so dang cute. I wish I had seen these last week so I could have made them for the bake sale. At least they are on my pinterest board for the next one!
Sherry Jennings says
Oh my goodness these are the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen. I will have to try this recipe when my daughters birthday comes up in December
SaRa Schwab says
Theses cupcakes look cool and yummy
Lici Lee says
Lol, Looking at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle episode with my nephew at the moment and came across this post. I love these and the frosting is not like a horrid green shade. My nephew would love this!
Wow, I wish I would’ve seen these sooner! I just made TMNT cupcakes for my nephew’s birthday this Saturday and they were cute, but not as creative as these. Very cool!
I ended up making french vanilla cupcakes with half of them having green whipped icing and the other half having purple whipping icing. I would share a pic, but I don’t think it lets me on this forum. Anyways, thanks for sharing, these are awesome!
My little guy would go nuts for these. We have Ninja Turtle things all over.
How cute! My son would love these.
Rebecca B says
These are great. My boys would love these even though we did TMNT for their last birthday:)
Sue M. says
These cupcakes are really cute and look scrumptious! I will have to try this recipe out, thanks for sharing!
These are cute, and they’re definitely perfect for fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
sally gearhart says
My 4 yr old son would flip for these! I love how cute they are & they are easy to decorate! I have butchered some cupcakes in the past but I’m pretty sure I can handle these! Thanks soo much!
william gossage says
My kids love the ninja turtles and they would love these cupcakes
Wendy Sebastian says
I loved the TMNTs when I was a teen! I still have my old VHS tape from when I sat there every day taping it without the commercials. I was happy to find the classic episodes on DVD reasonably priced at best Buy in the bargain bin & now my 10 year old daughter loves them too! I plan to make these cupcakes someday. I think they are adorable. Thank you for the recipe.
Love these. They are adorable!
They look lovely! Kids will adore them.
Those are awesome! My 3 boys would love them. (Bookmarked)
Tamara M says
These are too cute! My nephew would love these so much!
Sarah Oswald says
These look like they would be rather easy to make even for me. My nephews would love for me to make them for their Birthday. Thanks for sharing this.
Atsalaki Xanthoula says
awesomeee my kids would love these cupcakes !!! nice idea!!!!
Pamela Gurganus says
These cupcakes are so stinkin’ cute! I love them. My nephew would love them too. Thanks for sharing.
john hutchens says
these are so cute. My son loves the ninja turtles. He would love these for his birthday.
Kevin Coahran says
awesome cupcake recipes
Thank you for sharing this I will so have to make these with the children they look lovely! And a great excuse for cake 😉
These are super cute and would be great for my nephew’s birthday party!
Jeanie Potter says
ninja cupcakes kids will lov.
Kerryanne Atkinson says
These are awesome!!
Kate F. says
My nephew would love these! He’s so into Ninja Turtles right now.
Darla Peduzzi says
These are adorable! My little grandson would definitely love them! Thanks for sharing!
Julie Lundstrom says
My son like the Ninja Turtles and this looks like something fun that we can make together. They are adorable.
Yum these look like that they would be a hit for my kid’s class party or bake sale thanks
Jo-Ann Brightman says
I love the look of these Ninja turtle cupcakes. The directions are very clear and easy to follow. I shall,have to try this recipe soon.
denise low says
These are so cute. thank you for the recipe.
Judy Thomas says
Thanks for the recipe, they look lovely!
Sue M. says
Wow, you do a beautiful job with these cupcakes, these really look delicious! Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe!
Sara Theissen says
Love these! I might have to make them for my husband’s upcoming 31st birthday lol
Jennifer Odom says
These are adorable and bring back childhood memories! 🙂
BILL HOFF says
We are always looking for different treats to prepare the grandkids!
Pauline Gorczycki says
My GRANDDAUGHTERS BIRTHDAY IS SEPTEMBER 27. I KNOW FOR A FACT SHE WOULD LOVE THIS BECAUSE SHE LOVES NINJA TURTLES. I REALLY NEED TO SAVE THIS RECIPE. THIS IS COOL.
Hannah C says
You have such creative and cool recipes! I love this one a lot!
Cathy Jarolin says
These cup cakes look Yummy!! They are so cute!! The Pretty colored Green icing is very eye Catching. My youngest Daughter was crazy about Ninja Turtles when she was a little girl! She is
grown now with Kids of her own! Time goes by so fast~ Thankyou for sharing these really cute Cupcakes! :0)
Holly DeLeon says
Some attempted to make these this afternoon… Let’s just say they didn’t turn out to be quite as photogenic as yours LOL
They were delicious though!
Crystal Rogers Walker says
My sons were raised with Ninja Turtles and now my grandkids are, these cupcakes would be a great surprize for a birthday party for my grandkids, very nice
Jennifer Odom says
My boys love ninja turtles. These are super cute!
These are just adorable and thank you for sharing this with us.
These are so cute,I’ll try to make them next time I’m making cupcakes
Michelle Elizondoe says
Oh man my nephew just had a birthday and this was his theme!! These would have been perfect.
Amy Orvin says
I love the pretty green color! These cupcakes look so yummy. I could really go for a cupcake right now!
Dolores Adar says
These are simply adorable. Thank you for sharing these. My grandson will love making these with me!
Jenna H says
These are adorable. Will have to keep an eye out for some type of Ninja Turtle decoration for the top!
Tamra Phelps says
I need to keep these in mind for my youngest nephew’s next birthday. He loves his Ninja Turtles!
Seyma Shabbir says
These are so cute! My sons would love this! I love the green color also, very bright!
Christina Strapp Lambert says
These are so cute and my daughter would love them!
Brittany Harper says
Thanks for the recipe! I just might make these for my son’s upcoming birthday party.
denise low says
These are so cute. The grandkids would just love them
RANDY FULGHAM says
I think if i am a good grand-father and i could make these for all 7 of my grand-kids
Lisa Coomer Queen says
I love these ninja turtle cupcakes. My grandchildren will love them!
Sarah C says
Those are super cute
denise low says
Thes are so cute. The grandkids would love them
Deborah D says
I will definitely make these. My nephews & nieces will love them.
Jasmine P says
Oh my gosh! These are too cute! My husband would love them 🙂
Nicole Carter says
Oh my how adorable! Great for any Ninja Turtle fan!
Laura J says
Oh my goodness….these are so adorable!! Carter would love them! I have to try to make these for him! What a cute idea!
Sabrina Fox says
My boyfriend and I love the Ninja Turtles so this would be a perfect fun recipe to try out one night when he’s off work. It looks super easy to make and definitely a sweet treat everyone will love!
denise low says
Thank you for the recipe. The grandkids will love them
Miles Imhoff says
My favorite turtle was always Raphael… and now I can eat him. Wait, that sounded strange… oh well, they look delish! 🙂
Rana Durham says
i love the tmnt theme cupcakes. these are very cute and creative that i can use for a birthday party. the boys i watch would love these because we watch tmnt all the time . 🙂
jen st pierre says
oh my gosh…these are too cute. I need to try these! I think my hubby would enjoy these more than me lol
Denise S. says
OMG these cupcakes are so darn cute!! My grandson loves the Ninja turtles, so we will definately have to make these.
Jana Williams says
Hi I hope you are having a Great day today! I just wanted to tell you how adorable these are and with Halloween coming up I thought that you could basically use this same recipe & even the decoration part of it if you just take of the 2 points of the side of the bandana and now they are Goblin Cupcakes instead, Lol! Hey, Whatever Works! Lol! Anyways I hope you have a Blessed Day! Thanks, Jana
Oh my gosh these are so cute and look so simple and easy to make. I always try to get creative with my kids birthdays but sometimes the task that seemed oh so simple turned out to be very complicated and stressful but these just look so simple which is right up my alley.
Melissa W. says
These are so cute! My son saw these and thinks they are awesome. Apparently, I have to make them now. haha! Thank you!
Sara Zielinski says
These cupcakes look so very cute.
Judy Thomas says
These are so adorable. I love the turtles 🙂
Awww, so cute!
Sarah Kurtz says
What a great party themed cupcake. My kids love TMNT.
Jodi Hunter says
My boyfriend loves Ninja Turtles, so I will be making these for him. SO CUTE!
Katie Ellis says
These cupcakes are so cute. They look delicious. The boys at the daycare where I work will love them. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
Kimberly Flickinger says
These cupcakes are so cute and look amazing! I know a little man who would love these! Thank you for sharing!
April Monty says
My grandson would love these for his next n birthday party and they don’t look complicated to make
April Monty says
These look so adorable ..my nephew or grandson would love these for their next birthday party.
Jenna Niel says
These are adorable! My nephew would love it! However I am not super good at baking (yet I’m learning!) so these might be a tad more complicated than I’m capable of making just yet. But I did bookmark it for later! Just in case I DO figure out how to bake without setting off the smoke alarm! LOL
Lindsay Giedosh says
These are so amazing and cute! My little cousin would flip out over these
Jeanna Massman says
These look great, so perfect for a party!
Robin Dogan says
My son loves the new ninja turtles from the new movies. My husband and I both loved the turtles from the 1980’s when we were kids– and still do. This would be a cute generation-bridging dessert for us. (:
April Monty says
These are radical dude! All we need is pizza and it’s a party!
Darren Scrubb says
Tasty looking cupcakes for sure.
LeeAnn H says
These are cute! Maybe I’ll make them for my son’s birthday.
Marie Lowther says
these cupcakes are just too cute! Thank you for sharing these with us!
Kimberly Flickinger says
These cupcakes are so cute! They would be great for a boy’s birthday party.
June S. says
(Ninja Turtle Cupcakes Recipe) These cupcakes would be great to make for my three year old grandsons birthday coming up in March of 2017-
I cannot believe TMNT are still popular for all these years. These cupcakes look delicious btw, wanna make me some?
Dee Cee says
Okay, this will sound silly, but my daughter turns 28 next year…and these cupcakes will be a huge hit with her!! She’s been a TMNT fan since the beginning! Great recipe and great directions to make my life easy! Thanks!
April Monty says
I actually made these a few weeks ago and they were a hit!!
Susan Bewley says
I’m so glad!
Ronald Gagnon says
I love this cupcake recipe…but I will be adding chocolate to it
Brandi Cramer says
My son loves ninja turtles! I will have to remember these cupcakes for his next birthday!
Jeanine Carlson says
I made little bluebirds when I learned how to do royal icing. Your turtles are awesome!!
Saundra Bowers says
My grandson would love these for his birthday party. The recipe looks like the taste of these would be wonderful. Bookmarking!
Caroline Duggan says
I love these!! Definitely saving this recipe
Deb Gotham says
These are very cute! My grandkids would love them!
Bethany Suire says
These look really yummy! Again, my little boy is a big Ninja Turtles fan!
Kim Thorne says
I love cupcakes,What cute cupcakes. I bookmarked the recipe.
Julie wilson says
so awesome my kids would flip to have these for their birthday
Very cool, my kids would love these.
These would be great for parties.