Ninja Birthday on Valentine’s Day

I’ve made the acquaintance of a couple new children (and their parents) in the neighborhood who’ve just returned from a fantastic sailing adventure. One of them turns five years old on Valentine’s Day and I offered to make his birthday cake because he drew a picture for me which was inspirational.

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The inspiration

Once an interest was so clearly identified, all that was left was to find out which of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (trademarked for sure) is his favorite so the bandana could be appropriately colored. Donatello wears purple and woo-hoo! There were sparkling purple sugar crystals in the cubby to make the bandana really pop, especially if one gets close enough to the cake to see them.

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Oh, frosting Donatello, you sparkle!

This is a three-layer chocolate Crazy Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, including the dyed bits. Have you ever tried to make a turtle green with vegetable dyes? Yellow, blue and brown.

I couldn’t get the name on the top but it went on the side of the cake easily, for a twist.

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See those sparkly purple sugar crystals?

*https://mschefinseattle.com/2016/07/08/passing-on-a-favorite-to-a-new-generation-of-bakers-crazy-cake/     Cake recipe is in that post. (Today’s cake is three 8″ layers. Recipe can be used for a sheet cake 13″ x 10″ or two 9″ rounds plus 12 mini cupcakes, etc.)

(Even though I’ve introduced Lady Lolita VandenBug to the children, I didn’t put her on this cake as usual despite having green frosting. It was an oversight. She would definitely have approved of this cake.)

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Drawing for me by younger sister of birthday boy

O/T The purple frosting reminded me that one Christmas I made purple divinity. It was panned and yet somehow disappeared from the storage container day by two days. I guess it just didn’t taste purple.


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