Champagne Frosting and How to Make a Cake Look Like a Turtle
Updated: Oct 23, 2020
Here's the follow up post to my Mimosa Cake post. I thought it was getting a little long so I split the post to show you the champagne frosting and what I did to make the cake and cupcakes into a turtle.
Let's get started!! First take your round cake pan you're going to use for you cake and cut a piece of parchment paper to that size. This way you have a space to make your decoration on that can be easily removed.
Then take some candy melts and melt them down. Get a piping bag or a Ziplock bag and fit it with a a wide icing tip (I used #47). Put the bag into a cup. Trust me this is the easiest way to fill a piping bag. It's worth the extra step. Now put the chocolate into the piping bag.
This is going to be part of your turtle shell so design it however you want. I personally didn't want to cover the whole thing but have a few hard pieces to give the effect of a hard shell. Pipe out your design then smooth it out and chill it in the refrigerator until you're ready to use.
Now for the Champagne Frosting. When I made buttercream I've learned to substitute half of the butter with shortening because it makes it more stable. The ratio I use is for every ¼ C butter replaced, add ½ C powdered sugar. The powdered sugar amounts aren't always absolute because you may want it stiffer or softer than I normally do so use your best judgement for your creation. To start you're going to cream the shortening and butter together until it's nice and soft. Then add in the vanilla, champagne and one cup of powdered sugar. Don't add the powered sugar in all at once unless you want to be covered in a cloud of powdered sugar. Just keep adding it in a cup at a time until you get your ideal consistency.
Divide your frosting and add brown gel food coloring to one half and green to the other. Next take your cake round and frost it with the brown frosting. Smooth it out to get a nice clean finish. Take your chocolate decorations out of the fridge and add them on top as you'd like.
Place the cake round in the fridge. Grab 3 out of the 4 cupcakes needed and slice them in half. You'll only need to use 1 full cupcake, 2 cupcakes cut in half and 1/2 a cupcake to form the legs and head of the turtle. Place the halves cut side down for the legs. Then use the remaining half as the neck for your turtle and place the full cupcake in front of it.
Now frost the legs and head with the green frosting. You will need to use a little more frosting than usual to get the final clean look that it's all part of the same cake. For the eyes I used chocolate chips but you can use candy eyes. I just thought these looked better. Here's the final product.