Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes Recipe

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes
Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes
Colorful and fun cupcakes for your Thanksgiving spread.

Cupcake recipe

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Cake ingredients

  • ½ c cocoa powder
  • 1 c boiling water
  • 1 ⅓ c all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting ingredients

  • ½ stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 tbs heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 c powdered sugar
  • ⅔ c cocoa powder
  • Candy corn


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 12 capacity muffin tin or line the holes with paper cases.
  2. Add the cocoa powder and boiling water in a bowl and stir until smooth. Allow it to cool to room temperature.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth.
  6. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  7. Add the flour mixture and mix only until it is incorporated.
  8. Add the cooled cocoa mixture and stir until smooth.
  9. Spoon the mixture into prepared muffin tin about ⅔ full.
  10. Bake for 16 to 22 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  11. To make the frosting, cream the butter until pale and fluffy.
  12. Add the heavy cream and vanilla extract.
  13. Slowly add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
  14. Add more powdered sugar and/or cream, depending on your desired taste and texture.
  15. Once the cupcakes are fully cooled, pipe the frosting on to form the turkey as in the picture.
  16. Add the candy corn tail feathers and nose and finish by piping frosting eyes.