We are almost down to a week before Thanksgiving!
Do you have your menu planned?
If you haven't decided on what cookies or cupcakes you are making, these Turkey Cupcakes were made using some of the cookies from the Fall Harvest Cookies that I had put aside a couple days ago! Already having the cookies made, these were a snap to put together!
Here is what you need for the cupcake:
Cupcakes (I used a vanilla cupcake recipe + 1tsp of cinnamon + 1tsp pumpkin pie spice)
Ready Made Icing (I mixed vanilla decorator icing and chocolate icing to get a lighter brown)
Red Fondant (just a little for the snood (flap of skin over turkeys nose))
Leaf Shaped Cookies
Now, of course you could drive to the store to go buy eyes for your turkey or maybe you are lucky enough to already have some on hand. If not, here is a quick and easy way to make eyes, and you will never have to buy them again! You will need: a pinch of white fondant or gum paste, a size 12 tip, a black Foodwriter, and a bit of cornstarch or powdered sugar.
Roll out the white fondant to 1/8 inch. Dip the tip of a size 12 tip into cornstarch or powdered sugar to prevent sticking and just cute out as many eyes as you want. Draw on the pupil with a black Foodwriter. Make extras, let them dry and store them in a zipper bag for future use!
To assemble the cupcake: Spread brown frosting over the top of each cupcake. Put the excess frosting in either a piping bag fitted with tip 12, a zipper bag fitted with tip 12 (yes, you can screw the coupler and tip right on!) or a zipper bag with the corner cut off. Squeeze the frosting on for the head keeping the tip buried until you have made a mound of frosting the size for a head. Squeeze 3 more mounds for the feathers (cookies).
Cut a piece of candy corn in half to make the beak, roll a bit of red fondant in your hand to make the snood. (I always thought it was called a wattle, but the wattle is actually under the beak. The snood is the flap of skin over the beak. Thank you, Google!) Add the eyes and 3 cookies for feathers.
I also used a different shape leaf cookie on some of the turkey cupcakes! I was worried that the feathers would fall over, but the thickness of the frosting kept all the feathers upright without a problem!
If you don't have time to make the Fall Harvest Cookies, search your cookie aisle in the grocery store, I am sure there is something suitable, like the ginger cookies that I used in making the "Hello, Cupcake!" Larry the Turkey Cupcakes! Just improvise if needed and most of all...have fun!
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