My kids found a baby turtle on the beach two summers in a row. Their uncle raised each turtle for a year for them and then released it. What better way to celebrate this uncle’s birthday than give him another turtle we found on the beach but in cake form?
I felt badly cutting into his shell, he looked so real, but he was delicious! Red velvet cake inside, it was the only cake mix I had on hand. I recommend NOT using red velvet for animal shaped cakes, it ends up looking a little bit like a slaughter house. I topped with homemade butter cream before layering with store bought fondant. I painted the white fondant with a vodka and food coloring mix.