How to make a turtle cake topper

turtle cake topper

Who can resist these cute turtle cake toppers? They are very easy to make and you can even scale the size down if you want to use them as a cupcake topper. You can mix the color combination as you like. Cant wait to get started? Here is my tutorial on how to make a turtle cake topper.

This is what I use:
Gum paste
Gel paste color for the turtle + black paste color for the eyes
Tylo glue
Small paint brush
Cocktail stick
Small knife + plastic bag (not showing on the photo)

Step 1:

Color your gum paste in desired colors for the “body”, the shell and the dots. Place the rest of the gum paste in a plastic bag. Take the color that you have chosen for the “body” and roll it into a sausage. Cut 4 pieces in the same size (feets) and save the rest for the head. Take the “feet” parts and roll them into a ball and shape them like a teardrop.
Note: It is possible that you need to adjust the amount of gum paste for the feets and the head.

Step 2:

Glue all 4 feets together with Tylo glue.

Step 3:

Take the gum paste for the shell and roll it into a ball. Form it into a toadstole shape and make it a little hollow at the bottom.

Step 4:

Brush a little tylo glue at the bottom of the shell and place it over the feets.

Step 5:

Take the “head” part and roll it into a little ball. Shape it so that it looks like a “golf club”.

Step 6:

Use the paint brush to make and indentation where the head will be.

Step 7:

Brush a little tylo glue in the indentation.

Step 8:

Attach the head. I have used my cornstarch duster as support for the head while it dries.

Step 9:

Roll very small balls of gum paste. Flatten them slightly and glue them on randomly over the shell.

Step 10:

All you need now is to make the eyes. Do that with a little black gel paste on a cocktail stick. Your cute little turtle cake topper is now ready to be used.

Happy Caking!

Louise

Louise
Louise is the founder and editor of CakeJournal. She's a passionate, self taught, cake artist who has been doing cake decorating since 2002.
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Comments

  1. Samina Jafri says

    awwwwwwwwwww they are soooooooooooooooo cute i’ve already made them and they were sooooooooo cute!!! and now my kids are making them
    P.S they were cute aswell :)

  2. says

    Dear Louise,

    Thanks very for your tutorials.. I learned a lot… if you don’t mind.. I have some questions..

    1. it’s winter now in Aus.. I made some toppers 2 weeks ago from gumpaste which I made
    from plastic icing + Gum Traqacanth…and they are not setting or hard.. is it because the
    weather or something else?

    2. How long can I keep my toppers if they are set and how about it not set like mine ones?
    should I keep them in the freezer?

    3. Is there any expire time for Gum Traqacanth or Tylose powder?

    I’m thanking you in advance for your kindness and answers..

    blessings,
    Elny

  3. Morgan says

    HI I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD GLUE ALL THE STUFF TOGETHER WITHOUT TYLO GLUE BUT WITH SOMETHING ELSE, I CANT FIND THE STUFF ANYWHERE AND I HAVE TO MAKE THE CAKE PRETTY SOON

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