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How To Make Cute Tom the Turkey Cupcakes

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These cute Tom the Turkey cupcakes are easy to make and delicious too. The kids will love to help make them and your Thanksgiving dessert table will be that much cuter!

close up of cupcake decorated like turkey with candy corn and eye sprinkles

      Cute and easy describes most of my favorite holiday desserts and these fun Tom the Turkey cupcakes fit the bill! Your Thanksgiving dessert table just got a lot more fun and it’s a perfect project to let the kids help.

       I know Thanksgiving is all about the pie for most folks and don’t worry, I plan on having plenty of pie too. But in the end… my heart belongs to cake (and frosting!)

       Which team are you on? #teampie or #teamcake?

cupcakes, candy corn, eye candies and bag of frosting ready to go.

      I feel like both are winners, but cake has a slight edge. Probably due to two main reasons.

1. Frosting
2. I really struggle to make pretty pies.

      I actually have some fabulous pie ideas for you this Thanksgiving, like maple pumpkin pie. Oooh, and cinnamon streusel carrot pie or honey maple pecan pie or pumpkin slab pie or tart cherry pie… the list goes on.

     But I really think you should consider cupcakes too! Little Dude and I had a blast making these turkeys and they turned out so cute.

     I can see them dressing up your dessert table. Or one would look super cute at each place setting on the table as well.

kid decorating a turkey cupcake.

    Maybe you use them as an edible craft to keep little hands busy while they wait for the big meal. Or keep them moving while everyone else is doing dishes and watching football.

     We made ours with a batch of devilishly good chocolate cupcakes and some silky smooth fudge frosting. The taste was amazing together!

      You could certainly use a box mix if you prefer, but I promise you that recipe is almost as easy and from scratch!

      A little schmear of frosting would do the job, but I find piping it on is almost faster. It doesn’t need to be fancy or perfect.  Then just a few little candy eye balls and candy corn complete the look.

variety of turkey cupcakes decorated by a kid
A selection of Little Dude’s turkeys

     Little Dude had fun trying a variety of different placement ideas for the tail feathers. He also had a little quip about the personality of each bird as he decorated them.

Of course they were a hit at family dinner, but we were careful not to show the real turkeys outside! I’m not sure the real Tom would have appreciated us eating his namesake. 😉🦃

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Tom the Turkey Cupcakes

tom the turkey cupcake with eyes and candy corn candies.

These cute Tom the Turkey cupcakes are easy to make and delicious too. The kids will love to help make them and your Thanksgiving dessert table will be that much cuter!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 24 chocolate cupcakes
  • 1 recipe fudge frosting
  • 148 candy corns
  • 48 candy eyeballs

Instructions

  1. Smear or pipe the chocolate frosting on the cupcake. 
  2. Use 5 candy corn to make the turkey tail feathers. 
  3. Add two eyeballs and a candy corn beak/wattle to each cupcake. 
  4. Enjoy! 

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Anonymous

Friday 20th of December 2019

Awesome I love this!

Anonymous

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Awesome I love this!

Anonymous

Monday 2nd of December 2019

Awesome I love this!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Sunday 18th of November 2018

So cute!

Carlee

Friday 23rd of November 2018

Thank you!

Amy

Wednesday 14th of November 2018

Little Dude is at such a fun age. I loved that he helped decorate these turkeys. So cute.

Carlee

Friday 23rd of November 2018

He really is, we have so much fun doing these kinds of projects together!