Ninja Turtle Cupcakes Recipe

Posted on Jul 18 2015 - 10:00am by Susan Bewley

Have a child that loves the Ninja Turtles? Check out these awesome Ninja Turtle Cupcakes & learn how to make them here!

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!

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Ninja Turtle Cupcakes
Have a child that loves the Ninja Turtles? Check out these awesome Ninja Turtle Cupcakes & learn how to make them here!
Cuisine: Cupcake
Recipe type: Character
Cupcake Recipe:
  • 3 Cup flour
  • 3½ baking powder
  • 1 Cup margarine
  • 2 Cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup milk
Frosting Recipe:
  • 4 C powdered sugar
  • 1 C sweet cream
  • 4 TBSP Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Green food coloring
Royal Icing Recipe:
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2+Cu powdered sugar
  • food coloring for red, blue, orange, and purple
Cupcake Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using paper liners line the cupcake tins.
  3. Cream margarine and sugar until light and smooth in a mixing bowl with electric mixer.
  4. Sift flour and baking powder together in another bowl.
  5. Add eggs one at a time to the margarine and sugar mixing bowl.
  6. Continue mixing.
  7. Add vanilla extract.
  8. Mix flour and baking powder in with the margarine, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  9. Slowly add milk and beat well.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.
  11. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
Frosting Directions:
  1. Mix the sweet cream and 3 C powdered sugar until it becomes creamy.
  2. If the frosting is not creaming add heavy whipping cream.
  3. If the frosting is too soft add ½ C powdered sugar.
  4. Check to see if the frosting forms stiff peaks.
  5. If not add more powdered sugar.
  6. Add 4-5 drops of green food coloring.
  7. Mix with a spoon to ensure the desired color.
  8. Using a pastry bag and a large tip, frost the cupcakes.
Royal Icing Directions:
  1. Combine all ingredients on medium speed for 4 minutes.
  2. Divide the royal icing into 4 small bowls.
  3. Add 5 drops of red food coloring into one bowl.. Stir well.
  4. Add 5 drops of blue food coloring into second bowl... Stir well.
  5. Add 5 drops of orange food coloring into third bowl.... Stir well
  6. Add 5 drops of purple food coloring into fourth bowl.... Stir well.
  7. Using a small pastry bag and a #2 pastry tip for each of the colors; red, blue, orange, and purple.
  8. Search Google for cartoon image of the Ninja Turtles.
  9. Copy/paste to word.
  10. Save to your folder.
  11. Print this image.
  12. Tape this page with the picture of the Ninja Turtles to a cookie sheet.
  13. Cut/tear enough wax paper to cover the page with Ninja Turtles printed on it.
  14. Using the royal icing, either the red, blue, orange, or purple with a #2 tip trace the image of the Ninja Turtles.
  15. If it is to be outlined....Trace this first.
  16. Fill in the Ninja Turtle mask with more royal icing to match the outlining color.
  17. Allow to dry 5-10 hours.
  18. Ensure that the images are dry by gently pushing in on one of them.
  19. If they allow you to push in they are not dry.
  20. Once the page with the images of the Ninja Turtle Mask is dry...remove the tape from the wax paper and cookie sheet.
  21. Cut the wax paper into squares surrounding the dried images.
  22. Gently peel the wax paper from the back of the Ninja Turtles.
  23. Make a small cut in the frosting in the center of the frosted cupcake.
  24. Place the Ninja Turtle mask in the cut on the cupcake.

Do you have a child who loves the Ninja Turtles?


Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

120 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. lisa July 18, 2015 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    They’re cute. They don’t really look like the ninja turtles, but I love the colors and they sound delicious!

  2. Minta Boggs July 18, 2015 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    OMGosh, these are just too cute! Love how you made the frosting look so swirly!

  3. rachel cartucci July 18, 2015 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    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.

  4. courtney hennagir July 18, 2015 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    These are amazing! My son would freak out if I made these!

  5. SUSAN FAATZ July 18, 2015 at 6:48 pm - Reply


  6. Linda Manns Linneman July 18, 2015 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    These are so cute and sound so good. I will be making these for my grandkids who will love them

  7. Fee Roberts July 18, 2015 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    These are adorable! I’ll have to try to make these for my nephew. He loves the Ninja Turtles.

  8. Gina H. July 19, 2015 at 1:15 am - Reply

    Those are so cute & easy, even I could make them!

  9. Sarh S July 19, 2015 at 2:20 am - Reply

    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!

  10. Holly Thomas July 19, 2015 at 7:03 am - Reply

    These are so cute!

  11. Lori Pouncey July 19, 2015 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    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 🙂

  12. amanda whitley July 19, 2015 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    these are so cute!! my son would love these

  13. Heidi Salisbury July 20, 2015 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Very cool cupcakes. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will be trying these.

  14. Sandra Watts July 20, 2015 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    I totally love these. They are so cute.

  15. Jerry Marquardt July 20, 2015 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    These look so great for the kids and for us, they looks delicious and moist. I am going to try this out this week.

  16. Brooke Owens July 20, 2015 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    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!

  17. Sherry Jennings July 20, 2015 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    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

  18. SaRa Schwab July 21, 2015 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Theses cupcakes look cool and yummy

  19. Lici Lee July 24, 2015 at 10:44 am - Reply

    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!

  20. TrippyCusp93 July 24, 2015 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    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!

  21. MarciaF July 24, 2015 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    My little guy would go nuts for these. We have Ninja Turtle things all over.

  22. Shannon July 25, 2015 at 1:08 am - Reply

    How cute! My son would love these.

  23. Rebecca B July 25, 2015 at 2:07 am - Reply

    These are great. My boys would love these even though we did TMNT for their last birthday:)

  24. Sue M. July 25, 2015 at 10:40 am - Reply

    These cupcakes are really cute and look scrumptious! I will have to try this recipe out, thanks for sharing!

  25. M.Clark July 25, 2015 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    These are cute, and they’re definitely perfect for fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  26. sally gearhart July 27, 2015 at 8:22 am - Reply

    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!

  27. william gossage July 27, 2015 at 10:07 am - Reply

    My kids love the ninja turtles and they would love these cupcakes

  28. Wendy Sebastian July 27, 2015 at 11:17 am - Reply

    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.

  29. Danielle July 31, 2015 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Love these. They are adorable!

  30. Mihai August 1, 2015 at 10:43 am - Reply

    They look lovely! Kids will adore them.

  31. Wes August 1, 2015 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Those are awesome! My 3 boys would love them. (Bookmarked)

  32. Tamara M August 2, 2015 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    These are too cute! My nephew would love these so much!

  33. Sarah Oswald August 5, 2015 at 3:47 am - Reply

    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.

  34. Atsalaki Xanthoula August 6, 2015 at 12:04 am - Reply

    awesomeee my kids would love these cupcakes !!! nice idea!!!!

  35. Pamela Gurganus August 7, 2015 at 1:05 am - Reply

    These cupcakes are so stinkin’ cute! I love them. My nephew would love them too. Thanks for sharing.

  36. john hutchens August 7, 2015 at 11:49 am - Reply

    these are so cute. My son loves the ninja turtles. He would love these for his birthday.

  37. Kevin Coahran August 7, 2015 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    awesome cupcake recipes

  38. Leanne August 9, 2015 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this I will so have to make these with the children they look lovely! And a great excuse for cake 😉

  39. DJ August 9, 2015 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    These are super cute and would be great for my nephew’s birthday party!

  40. Jeanie Potter August 9, 2015 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    ninja cupcakes kids will lov.

  41. Kerryanne Atkinson August 10, 2015 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    These are awesome!!

  42. Kate F. August 14, 2015 at 1:51 am - Reply

    My nephew would love these! He’s so into Ninja Turtles right now.

  43. Darla Peduzzi August 14, 2015 at 10:03 am - Reply

    These are adorable! My little grandson would definitely love them! Thanks for sharing!

  44. Julie Lundstrom August 15, 2015 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    My son like the Ninja Turtles and this looks like something fun that we can make together. They are adorable.

  45. Sohair August 17, 2015 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Yum these look like that they would be a hit for my kid’s class party or bake sale thanks

  46. Jo-Ann Brightman August 19, 2015 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    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.

  47. denise low August 25, 2015 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    These are so cute. thank you for the recipe.

  48. Judy Thomas August 30, 2015 at 5:48 am - Reply

    Thanks for the recipe, they look lovely!

  49. Sue M. August 30, 2015 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Wow, you do a beautiful job with these cupcakes, these really look delicious! Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe!

  50. Sara Theissen August 31, 2015 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    Love these! I might have to make them for my husband’s upcoming 31st birthday lol

  51. Jennifer Odom September 5, 2015 at 12:43 am - Reply

    These are adorable and bring back childhood memories! 🙂

  52. BILL HOFF September 5, 2015 at 6:11 am - Reply

    We are always looking for different treats to prepare the grandkids!

  53. Pauline Gorczycki September 15, 2015 at 10:03 am - Reply


  54. Hannah C September 16, 2015 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    You have such creative and cool recipes! I love this one a lot!

  55. Cathy Jarolin September 16, 2015 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    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)

  56. Holly DeLeon September 19, 2015 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    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!

  57. Crystal Rogers Walker September 20, 2015 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    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

  58. Jennifer Odom September 21, 2015 at 12:50 am - Reply

    My boys love ninja turtles. These are super cute!

  59. Shannon September 21, 2015 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    These are just adorable and thank you for sharing this with us.

  60. Sohair September 23, 2015 at 1:34 am - Reply

    These are so cute,I’ll try to make them next time I’m making cupcakes

  61. Michelle Elizondoe September 25, 2015 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Oh man my nephew just had a birthday and this was his theme!! These would have been perfect.

  62. Amy Orvin September 25, 2015 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    I love the pretty green color! These cupcakes look so yummy. I could really go for a cupcake right now!

  63. Dolores Adar September 26, 2015 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    These are simply adorable. Thank you for sharing these. My grandson will love making these with me!

  64. Jenna H September 26, 2015 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    These are adorable. Will have to keep an eye out for some type of Ninja Turtle decoration for the top!

  65. Tamra Phelps September 28, 2015 at 11:13 am - Reply

    I need to keep these in mind for my youngest nephew’s next birthday. He loves his Ninja Turtles!

  66. Seyma Shabbir September 29, 2015 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    These are so cute! My sons would love this! I love the green color also, very bright!

  67. Christina Strapp Lambert September 30, 2015 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    These are so cute and my daughter would love them!

  68. Brittany Harper October 1, 2015 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the recipe! I just might make these for my son’s upcoming birthday party.

  69. denise low October 6, 2015 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    These are so cute. The grandkids would just love them

  70. RANDY FULGHAM October 7, 2015 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I think if i am a good grand-father and i could make these for all 7 of my grand-kids

  71. Lisa Coomer Queen October 8, 2015 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    I love these ninja turtle cupcakes. My grandchildren will love them!

  72. Sarah C October 9, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Those are super cute

  73. denise low October 9, 2015 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Thes are so cute. The grandkids would love them

  74. Deborah D October 11, 2015 at 10:01 am - Reply

    I will definitely make these. My nephews & nieces will love them.

  75. Jasmine P October 11, 2015 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh! These are too cute! My husband would love them 🙂

  76. Nicole Carter October 11, 2015 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Oh my how adorable! Great for any Ninja Turtle fan!

  77. Laura J October 12, 2015 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness….these are so adorable!! Carter would love them! I have to try to make these for him! What a cute idea!

  78. Sabrina Fox October 13, 2015 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    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!

  79. denise low October 16, 2015 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the recipe. The grandkids will love them

  80. Miles Imhoff October 17, 2015 at 9:24 am - Reply

    My favorite turtle was always Raphael… and now I can eat him. Wait, that sounded strange… oh well, they look delish! 🙂

    God bless,

  81. Rana Durham October 17, 2015 at 10:58 am - Reply

    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 . 🙂

  82. jen st pierre October 17, 2015 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    oh my gosh…these are too cute. I need to try these! I think my hubby would enjoy these more than me lol

  83. Denise S. October 17, 2015 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    OMG these cupcakes are so darn cute!! My grandson loves the Ninja turtles, so we will definately have to make these.

  84. Jana Williams October 18, 2015 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    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

  85. Diana October 19, 2015 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    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.

  86. Melissa W. October 29, 2015 at 11:31 am - Reply

    These are so cute! My son saw these and thinks they are awesome. Apparently, I have to make them now. haha! Thank you!

  87. Sara Zielinski November 8, 2015 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    These cupcakes look so very cute.

  88. Judy Thomas November 10, 2015 at 5:33 am - Reply

    These are so adorable. I love the turtles 🙂

  89. Anna November 12, 2015 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Awww, so cute!

  90. Sarah Kurtz November 13, 2015 at 7:41 am - Reply

    What a great party themed cupcake. My kids love TMNT.

  91. Jodi Hunter November 13, 2015 at 10:58 am - Reply

    My boyfriend loves Ninja Turtles, so I will be making these for him. SO CUTE!

  92. Katie Ellis November 14, 2015 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    These cupcakes are so cute. They look delicious. The boys at the daycare where I work will love them. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  93. Kimberly Flickinger August 3, 2016 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    These cupcakes are so cute and look amazing! I know a little man who would love these! Thank you for sharing!

  94. April Monty August 6, 2016 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    My grandson would love these for his next n birthday party and they don’t look complicated to make

  95. April Monty August 9, 2016 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    These look so adorable nephew or grandson would love these for their next birthday party.

  96. Jenna Niel September 3, 2016 at 10:15 am - Reply

    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

  97. Lindsay Giedosh September 4, 2016 at 3:30 am - Reply

    These are so amazing and cute! My little cousin would flip out over these

  98. Jeanna Massman September 16, 2016 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    These look great, so perfect for a party!

  99. Robin Dogan September 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    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. (:

  100. April Monty September 21, 2016 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    These are radical dude! All we need is pizza and it’s a party!

  101. Darren Scrubb September 24, 2016 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Tasty looking cupcakes for sure.

  102. LeeAnn H September 27, 2016 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    These are cute! Maybe I’ll make them for my son’s birthday.

  103. Marie Lowther September 30, 2016 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    these cupcakes are just too cute! Thank you for sharing these with us!

  104. Kimberly Flickinger October 6, 2016 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    These cupcakes are so cute! They would be great for a boy’s birthday party.

  105. June S. October 13, 2016 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    (Ninja Turtle Cupcakes Recipe) These cupcakes would be great to make for my three year old grandsons birthday coming up in March of 2017-

  106. Gord October 31, 2016 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    I cannot believe TMNT are still popular for all these years. These cupcakes look delicious btw, wanna make me some?

  107. Dee Cee November 2, 2016 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    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!

  108. April Monty November 4, 2016 at 1:55 am - Reply

    I actually made these a few weeks ago and they were a hit!!

  109. Ronald Gagnon November 4, 2016 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    I love this cupcake recipe…but I will be adding chocolate to it

  110. Brandi Cramer November 4, 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    My son loves ninja turtles! I will have to remember these cupcakes for his next birthday!

  111. Jeanine Carlson November 11, 2016 at 3:39 am - Reply

    I made little bluebirds when I learned how to do royal icing. Your turtles are awesome!!

  112. Saundra Bowers November 23, 2016 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    My grandson would love these for his birthday party. The recipe looks like the taste of these would be wonderful. Bookmarking!

  113. Caroline Duggan December 5, 2016 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    I love these!! Definitely saving this recipe

  114. Deb Gotham January 14, 2017 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    These are very cute! My grandkids would love them!

  115. Bethany Suire January 14, 2017 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    These look really yummy! Again, my little boy is a big Ninja Turtles fan!

  116. Kim Thorne January 15, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

    I love cupcakes,What cute cupcakes. I bookmarked the recipe.

  117. Julie wilson January 15, 2017 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    so awesome my kids would flip to have these for their birthday

  118. Edward May 21, 2017 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Very cool, my kids would love these.

  119. Edward May 21, 2017 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    These would be great for parties.

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