Not just boy’s toys
As a child of the 80’s, I was all about the girly toys. Carebears, My Little Pony, Cabbage Patch Dolls, Rainbow Brite; oh the list could go on and on. You name ‘em, my big sister and I probably played with them. But like a lot of little girls, I was also a bit of a tomboy and definitely had a rough n’ tumble side. And while I only fought with my sister, I did have one friend who shared in my interest for action and adventure. In the early 90’s we got our fix with the action-packed, humorous three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies. We both dreamed of being April, a news reporter and friend of the green crime fighters. We also got caught up in the adventure of good versus evil, the “ways of ninjutsu,” and of course, a love for pizza. And like the majority of our childhood toys, much to the dismay of many in our generation, the TMNT look has been transformed and their popularity has been renewed for a newer and younger generation—sad for us, good for the kids.
So my reminiscing really only means one thing: my favorite turtles went on a cake! And okay, I know they’re not just my favorite turtles but how often, as an adult, do you actually get to be around when one of your childhood favorites are recreated. And making sugar versions of Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo, well…it’s like making your own action figures, and that’s pretty awesome!
Admittedly, despite everything I’ve said here, I didn’t pick to make this cake. As fun as it would have been, Ellen, one our resident designers, is fantastic at making figurines and I knew she would do a stellar job on our turtles in a half-shell—and boy was I right. Each little green sugar mutant was carefully handcrafted, shaped, and measured; hours spent meticulously making shields, shells, and tiny weapons. Here’s a peek at what it took for Ellen to create these sugar turtles:
Leo, with his blue mask, is the leader of the group. He’s armed with katanas (swords) that are strapped to the back of his shell. In fact, the top tier of this cake is decorated with 3D versions of the turtle’s weapons and you can see a pair of his katanas on the left of the cake. Donatello, a.k.a. Donnie, down in front in the purple mask, is armored with a bo staff. Admittedly, this was the easiest weapon to make as its wire wrapped with brown floral tape (shh…don’t give away our secret!). Right in front in red is Raph, the bad boy of the group. He wields a pair of sai—so don’t mess with him! Then there’s Mikey, the pizza-loving jokester in the orange mask, acting as our topper. Watch out for his high-flying nunchakus! And speaking of pizza…what better way to incorporate the turtle’s favorite meal than by making the board for our cake to rest on, look like one. Since our birthday boy loves cheese pizza there was no question what flavor this “pizza” would be. All in all, a true TMNT fan-lovers cake—whether you’re a boy or a girl!