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These turkey cupcakes are cute, festive, and oh so delicious! Your kids will love making these, and they are perfect for the Thanksgiving season!

If, like me, you have a love for cupcakes, you should definitely make this Apple Pie, Angel Food, and delicious Tres Leches Cupcakes. They are all SO GOOD!

A chocolate cupcake decorated to look like a turkey.

turkish cupcakes

I love everything that is super festive that I can do to make a vacation very special. Christmas is an easy holiday, but Thanksgiving is a little harder! That’s why these turkey cupcakes are perfect! Not only are they made of a classic chocolate cupcake with delicious frosting, but they’re so cute and VERY festive too! I mean a cute little turkey for Thanksgiving … it couldn’t be better!

My kids always see me in the kitchen and always ask how they can help. This recipe is perfect because in the end you not only get a cute and decorative cupcake, but it’s also fun and easy to make! I show my kids what to do and then they can get creative and design them themselves! You are having so much fun! Once they’re done, you can devour them right away (I couldn’t resist!) Or you can use them to decorate your Thanksgiving table! It’s a win-win situation!

Ingredients for turkey cupcakes

To keep it simple, I like to bake the cupcakes beforehand! Then all we have to do is decorate and eat! See the recipe card below for a list of the exact ingredient dimensions.

  • Chocolate cupcakes: You can make these from a mixture or you can make these amazing homemade chocolate cupcakes!
  • Chocolateglaze: I like to use homemade chocolate buttercream frosting! But if you want these to go super fast, in-store use is totally fine too!
  • Mini Oreos: The minis are the perfect size for the turkey head!
  • Candy eyeballs: Get the ones that are very small. They fit best!
  • Sweet Corn: I used some candy corn to make the cute feathers. It’s the perfect way to use up any leftovers from Halloween!
  • Gum worms: It is not a turkey without its wattle!

Let’s put some turkey together!

Once you’ve whipped your cupcakes, these turkey cupcakes only take a few minutes to assemble! Have so much fun! It’s the perfect Thanksgiving craft to eat!

  1. Make the cupcakes: Use your favorite recipe or a box mix to bake cupcakes of your choice. I used my recipe for chocolate cupcakes! Then coat the tops with chocolate frosting (I used my classic chocolate buttercream frosting) with a frosting spatula or knife.
  2. Assemble the face: Assemble the turkey’s face using the leftover chocolate icing as “glue” to add the eyeballs to the mini oreo. Break or cut off the end of a sweet corn for the beak, then cut off the end of a red rubber worm to use as wattle. I made the rubber worm thinner by cutting off the back half and only using the top part for the wattle.
  3. Spread the frosting as glue: Spread a small frosting on the back of the oreo and press it into the center of the cupcake. Just a little way forward from the direct center.
  4. Make the feathers: Use sweet corn to create the tail feathers. I used six in the back row and five in the second row. And voila! You got yourself a festive turkey cupcake! Repeat the steps for the remaining cupcakes.

4 pictures showing steps to decorate a cupcake.

Simple variations

These turkey cupcakes are easy to change for a little more variety on your table! Here are a few ideas!

  • Change frosting: If you’re not a fan of chocolate icing, try some cream cheese frosting instead! It’s just as delicious!
  • Try another cupcake batter: Who said you have to make these out of chocolate? Try making the cupcakes with these Vanilla Cupcakes or these Red Velvet Cupcakes! Really, any cupcake will work!
  • Change the cupcake liners: If you want to get extra festive, you can swap out the cupcake liner! Get plain white, falling, black, or whatever you want!
  • Oreos: If you decide to make these with vanilla frosting and cupcakes, swap these oreos for the mini vanilla oreos so they go better together!

A couple of turkey cupcakes on the counter.

Keep leftovers

If you prepare these turkey cupcakes ahead of time or have a little extra, this is a great way to save them to keep them fresh!

  • Room temperature: If you plan on eating them in the next day or two, it’s best to store them on your counter! Then put them in an airtight container and take them out when you’re ready to eat. Storage at room temperature will keep them soft and moist!

A chocolate cupcake cut with a fork.

Cupcakes are the best! They’re an especially great treat for the holidays because you can make them super festive and different every time! Plus, they’re a winner because everyone loves them! Here are a few more cupcakes I love to bake that are always a hit, especially when there is a large amount to feed! Enjoy!

  • Use your favorite recipe or box mix to bake cupcakes of your choice. I used my recipe for chocolate cupcakes! Freeze the tops with chocolate frosting (I used my classic chocolate buttercream frosting) with a frosting spatula or knife.
  • Assemble the turkey’s face using the leftover chocolate icing as “glue” to add the eyeballs to the mini oreo. Break or cut off the end of the sweet corn for the beak and cut off the end of a red rubber worm to use as wattle. I made the rubber worm thinner by cutting off the back half and only using the top part for the wattle.
  • Spread a little frosting on the back of the oreo and press it into the center of the cupcake, just a little bit forward from the very center.

  • Use sweet corn to create the tail feathers. I used six in the back row and five in the second row. And voila! You got yourself a festive turkey cupcake! Repeat the steps for the remaining cupcakes.

Serves: 12th

portion1CupcakeCalories163kcal (8th%)carbohydrates29G (10%)protein1G (2%)fat5G (8th%)Saturated Fat2G (10%)Polyunsaturated fat1GMonounsaturated fatty acids3GTrans fats1Gcholesterol1mgsodium89mg (4%)potassium59mg (2%)fiber1G (4%)sugar26thG (29%)Vitamin A1IEvitamin C1mg (1%)calcium4thmgiron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Every recipe and nutritional value depends on the brands, measuring methods and serving sizes used per household.

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