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Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes

These adorable chocolate turkey cupcakes are so festive they can double as Thanksgiving decorations that kids of all ages will love.  It’s surprisingly fast to assemble them especially if you use premade cake mix and frosting.  And of course, they taste good too…how could they not with a cupcake, cookie and candy in every bite.

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A turkey with frosting on it?  really.  Now that doesn’t sound good at all.  But wait, these turkeys are different.  They’re made out of cupcakes, cookies and candy.  A match made in heaven.

 

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The body of the turkey is a chocolate cupcake that was baked in a natural color (light beige) unbleached cupcake liner.  After the cupcake is baked, the cupcake liner takes on the color of the chocolate cupcake so the overall look is the same dark brown color.  And the cupcakes were frosted with chocolate fudge premade frosting to be consistent with color of the turkey’s body.

For the turkey’s tail feathers, Oreo cookies with chocolate creme filling were used but if that variety isn’t available in the store, the original Oreo cookie with white creme filling would work nicely too.

For the turkey’s wattle (the red part under the turkey’s neck), it took a lot of searching until I found the bright red color that I was looking for.  I used a red fruit roll up called “Fruit by the Foot, Mini Feet“.  To get the red colored roll up which I believe is strawberry flavored, I had to buy a box with a variety of flavors.

So give these cuties a try and add some extra cookies and candy when gathering the ingredients so the chef can have samples during the assembly process.  The inspiration for these cupcakes came from adorable turkey cupcakes by the Brown Eyed Baker and Jeanne Benedict.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

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Unfrosted chocolate cupcakes, chocolate fudge premade frosting, candy corn, Oreo cookies with chocolate creme filling (regular Oreo cookies with the white creme filling are fine too), Nutter Butter cookies, whole raw almonds, red fruit roll up, and Wilton candy eyeballs.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Turkey’s Body:

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Frost each cupcake…

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(this should take about 1/2 to 2/3’s of the premade frosting; reserve the remaining frosting in the container for use on the turkey’s tail feathers and head).

Set the frosted cupcakes aside.

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For the Turkey’s Tail Feathers:

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Dip the tips of 7 candy corn in the frosting so that just a dab of frosting is on the pointy part of the candy corn.  Gently slide 7 candy corn just slightly inside the creme filling in each Oreo cookie.

Evenly space the candy corn so that they cover about ½ of the diameter of the Oreo cookie in the shape of a fan.

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Add a dab of frosting to the bottom of the Oreo cookie (the part without the candy corn).

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Gently set the bottom of the Oreo cookie about ½ of an inch inside an edge of the cupcake on top of the area that was frosted.  If needed, add a little more frosting to the edge of the Oreo cookie to make it stay upright on top of the cupcake.

Repeat the process for the remaining cupcakes.

For the Turkey’s Head:

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For the beak – cut the almonds in half and use just the pointy part of the almond for the beak.

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Add a dab of frosting to flat side of the almond (opposite of the pointy side) and gently stick it on to an outer edge of the Nutter Butter cookie about halfway between the curve in the middle of the cookie and the top of the cookie.

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For the wattle – with clean kitchen scissors cut pieces of the red fruit roll up in the shape of a turkey’s wattle.

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Next,

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add a dab of frosting to the edge of the Nutter Butter cookie just under the beak and then attach the wattle.

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For the eyes – add a dab of frosting to the back of the candy eyeballs and attach them to each side of the cookie just above the middle of the beak.

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To attach the head to the cupcake, add a generous dab of frosting to the edge of the Nutter Butter cookie that is opposite of the edge where the wattle is attached.

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Then attach the turkey’s head to the cupcake.

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TIP – Each time that the cupcake is moved just make sure to hold on to the head with one hand and the cupcake with the other.

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And next, dig in and enjoy…

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…each and every bite.

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

Here are some more Thanksgiving recipes you may like:

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Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes

These adorable chocolate turkey cupcakes are so festive they can double as Thanksgiving decorations that kids of all ages will love.  It’s surprisingly fast to assemble them especially if you use premade cake mix and frosting.  And of course, they taste good too...how could they not with a cupcake, cookie and candy in every bite.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Turkey Cupcakes
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12

Ingredients

For the Turkey's Body:

  • 12 plain chocolate cupcakes (unfrosted) in unbleached (beige colored) cupcake liners
  • 1 container (16 ounces) of premade chocolate fudge frosting reserve the remaining frosting (about 1/3 of the container for use when attaching the turkey's tail feathers and head

For the Turkey's Tail Feathers:

  • 12 Oreo cookies filled with chocolate creme or regular Oreos filled with white creme is fine too
  • 84 candy corn candies assorted colors if available

For the Turkey's Head:

  • 12 Nutter Butter Cookies
  • 12 whole raw almonds
  • 24 Wilton candy eyeballs
  • Red fruit roll up "Fruit by the Foot" is a nice color of red for this application

Instructions

For the Turkey's Body:

  1. Frost each cupcake with chocolate frosting (to frost 12 cupcakes, it should take a little more than half of the container of the premade frosting; reserve the remaining frosting (about 1/3 of the container) for use when attaching the turkey's tail feathers and head).  Set the frosted cupcakes aside.

For the Turkey's Tail Feathers:

  1. Dip the tips of 7 candy corn in the frosting so that just a dab of frosting is on the pointy part of the candy corn. Gently slide the 7 candy corn just slightly inside the creme filling of each Oreo cookie. Evenly space the candy corn so that they cover about ½ of the diameter of the Oreo cookie in the shape of a fan. 

  2. Add a dab of frosting to the bottom of the Oreo cookie (the part without the candy corn). Gently set the bottom of the Oreo cookie about ½ of an inch inside an edge of the cupcake on top of the area that was frosted. If needed, add a little more frosting to the edge of the Oreo cookie to make it stay upright on top of the cupcake.

  3. Repeat the process for the remaining cupcakes.

For the Turkey's Head:

  1. For the Beak - cut the almonds in half and use just the pointy part of the almond for the beak. Add a dab of frosting to the flat side (opposite of the pointy side) of the almond and gently stick it on to an outer edge of the Nutter Butter cookie about halfway between the curve in the middle of the cookie and the top of the cookie.

  2. For the Wattle – with clean kitchen scissors cut pieces of the red fruit roll up in the shape of a turkey’s wattle. Add a dab of frosting to the edge of the Nutter Butter cookie just under the beak and then attach the wattle.

  3. For the Eyes – add a dab of frosting to the back of the candy eyeballs and attach them to each side of the cookie just above the beak.

  4. To attach the head to the cupcake, add a generous dab of frosting to the edge of the Nutter Butter cookie that is opposite of the edge where the wattle is attached. Then attach the turkey’s head to the cupcake. Each time that the cupcake is moved just make sure to hold on to the head with one hand and the cupcake with the other.

Recipe Notes

TIP:

  1. Each time that the cupcake is moved, make sure to hold on to the head with one hand and the cupcake with the other.

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4 Comments

  1. Love these. Made them for my nieces and they went crazy over them. Had a hard time finding the candy eyeballs, though.

    • Hi Ami, so glad that your nieces liked them! I wondered if the candy eyeballs may be hard to find at some stores. I’ve been lucky finding them I think. I found them by the cake decorating section at Target and in the grocery store I shop at. Hopefully the package you got will last a while. Thank you for letting me know how the cupcakes worked out!

  2. OMG These are just so cute! How did I miss them?
    My sister would love to make these w the kids!