So once upon a time, when I was just wee one… hahaha! Nevermind. Let’s just say that many, many years ago, when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came out (the first time), they were all the rage, but I was never a big fan because mostly, they were a “boy” thing.
As they’ve come back around and become popular again, they still seem to be a boy thing – and I’m still not crazy about them… BUT – they’ve grown on me a little. It might help that I’ve made many, many Ninja Turtles Cakes & Cupcakes. However, none of them were as fun to makes and these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Cupcake Toppers!
Okay, okay – that’s a lot of words – so we can just call them Pizza Cupcake Toppers. Whatever you call them, they’re super duper cute, right?!
These were really easy to make, so I took some pics along the way and wrote up a tutorial just for you 🙂
Anywho – let’s get started and I’ll show you How to Make Ninja Turtles Pizza Cupcake Toppers!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- White fondant
- Light brown (dough-colored) fondant
- Light yellow (cheese-colored) fondant
- Red fondant
- Small Rolling Pin
- 2″ round cookie cutter
- 1.5″ round cookie cutter
- 1.25″ fluted round cutter
- Mini round plunger/cutter
- Sugar Glue
- Scalpel or Xacto blade
Once you have everything ready to go – here’s how to put them together:
First, you’ll need to roll out the white fondant and cut out 2″ circles for the “base” part of the cupcake toppers. I like to roll the fondant around 2mm thick.
The 2″ circles seem to work perfectly for most standard sized cupcakes but if your cupcakes are bigger or smaller, you may have to adjust the size of your circles. Also, the amount of fondant you’ll need really depends on how many cupcake toppers you want to make.
Once you have as many as you need of those, repeat that process except cut out smaller dough-colored circles. I think those were about 1.5″ circles. Now don’t just ahead and attach these two layers together just yet. But when you do, make sure you put it a little off-center… you’ll see why in later steps!
For the top layer (the cheese), roll out the yellow fondant and cut out even smaller circles with the fluted round cutter. This one is probably around 1.25″ round. I made my yellow fondant thinner than the other two layers because it represents melted cheese. Go ahead and attach this layer to the “dough” layer with some sugar glue.
Using an Xacto knife or scalpel (I’m really loving using surgical Surgical Scalpels these days!), cut the pizza into slices. I only cut all the way through on the one piece and for the rest of them, I just make impressions. For the one, I cut it completely and pull it out away from the pizza (this is why it’s best to have it off-center – so you have room for the separate piece and why I wait to glue the bottom two together – so it’s easy to move that slice).
Once you get everything placed exactly where you want it, paint a tiny bit of water or sugar glue between the layers to hold them in place.
After you have all three layers prepared and cut, roll out very thin red fondant and cut out itty-bitty circles to represent pepperoni (the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle favorite!). Randomly place the pepperonis all over the pizza. I use a Mini round plunger/cutter for that but you could also use the end of a round piping tip.
I found if I gently pressed these into the cheese, they stayed in place with no trouble, but if yours aren’t sticking, use tiny dots of water.
And last, just to give a little more texture to the toppers, use the back-end of a paint brush or a cel tool, make little impressions all over the pizzas to give that bubbly look! You can see them here:
And last but not least, let the toppers dry overnight. I like to place them on a cookie sheet dusted with corn starch. That helps them to dry out and harden. Doing this helps them to hold up much better on the cupcakes!
PS. Once you place the toppers on the cupcakes, do not put them in an airtight container or refrigerate them and they won’t “melt” on you or get saggy.
And that’s it!! Here’s a pic of the pizzas mixed with actual Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cupcake Toppers (find the cutters to do these here).
If you have any questions about making these pizza cupcake toppers, leave me a comment!
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