Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Get ready for your fall holidays with these terrific Thanksgiving Cupcakes. Turkeys, candy corn, fall leaves and more!

Thanksgiving Cupcake Tutorials



Turkey Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Celebrate your thanksgiving with this sweet adorable turkey. A flower daisy cutter is all you need to create this design.

>>Check out the directions for our Turkey Cupcake



Mini Candy Corn Cupcakes

Did anyone say candy corn? Our version uses mini-cupcakes, but you can use regular size cupcakes if you like.

>>See how to make these cute Candy Corn Cupcakes



Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin themed cupcakes are the perfect addition to any fall gathering. Make a few or make a few dozen!

>>See how to make our Pumpkin Cupcakes



Scarecrow Cupcakes

This scarecrow cupcake design starts with simple round vanilla cookies. A fondant hat, butter cream hair piped to look like straw and cupcakes iced with a swirl of light blue frosting finish off these cute fall-themed cupcakes!

>>Check out the directions to these Scarecrow Cupcakes



Turkey Cupcakes

Difficulty Level: Experienced

Bakery/Cake Goods Needed:

  • Your favorite batch of chocolate, spice or pumpkin cupcakes
  • Your favorite butter cream frosting recipe tinted orange

Thanksgiving Cupcake Decorating Supplies:

  • Pre-made batch of white fondant
    (we used Wilton’s Ready-To-Use Rolled Fondant)
  • Large and medium daisy fondant cutters
    (we used Wilton Tools Fondant Cutter Cut-Outs 3 piece Daisy Cutter Set)
  • Orange, Brown and Golden Yellow Paste Food Colors
    (we used Wilton Brand)
  • Small Rolling Pin
  • Small Knife
  • Wax Paper
  • Food-safe paint brush
  • Food Writer Pen in Black

Cupcake Icing Tools:

  • Wilton 1M Star Tip
  • Icing Bag

Finishing Touches:

  • Brown or Fall-themed Cupcake Liners

Making the Turkey Tails:

Step 1: Break off three balls of fondant: a large, medium and small ball. Tint the large ball brown, medium ball orange and small ball golden yellow. Set aside.

Step 2: On a flat surface, roll out the brown fondant to 1/4" thickness. Cut out daisy shapes with the large daisy cutter from the brown fondant.

Step 3: On the large daisy shape, use the knife to cut the daisy almost in half leaving six petals on one side. Set aside.

Step 4: On a flat surface, roll out the orange fondant to 1/4" thickness. Using the medium daisy cutter, cut out a daisy shape from the orange fondant. Using a knife, trim off three daisy petals. Set aside.

Step 5: Dip the food safe paint brush into a cup of water and dampen the back of the orange fondant fan. Place it on top of the large brown daisy petals. Line up the orange petals so they are centered on the brown petals and press down slightly.

Step 6: On a flat surface, roll out the brown fondant to 1/4" thickness. Cut out medium daisy shapes from the brown fondant.

Step 7: On the medium daisy shape, use the knife to cut the daisy almost in half leaving four petals on one side. Set aside.

Step 8: Next, wet the food safe paint brush again and dampen the back of the brown medium daisy petals. Stack that one top of the orange petals making sure to line of the bottoms and center it on top of the other petals. Press down lightly. Set aside on wax paper.

Making the Turkey Bodies:

Step 1: Break off a small amount of brown fondant and roll it into a small ball a little bigger than 1/4" wide. Set aside.

Step 2: Roll yellow fondant out on a flat surface. With a sharp knife cut into small elongated diamond shapes about 1/8" long. Set aside.

Step 3: With the point of the knife, pierce the brown ball about 1/4 of the way down from the top. Insert the yellow diamond and gently press against the yellow ball to form the beak.

Step 4: With the black food marker, touch the tip of the marker carefully on either side of the beak to create the eyes. Set aside.

Assembling the Turkey:

Step 1: Set the stacked daisy petals that form the turkey tail upright on your work surface.

Step 2: Dampen the back of the turkey body with a wet finger. Press the body gently against the upright turkey tail fans.

Step 3: Set aside on wax paper to set and dry.

Icing and Decorating your Thanksgiving Cupcakes:

Step 1: Fit the opening of the icing bag with the Wilton #1M star tip. Fill the icing bag with orange butter cream.

Step 2: Starting from the outside edge of the cupcake, use a circular motion and squeeze the icing out to cover the cupcake.

Step 3: Place completed turkey in the center of your cupcake.

Products used to decorate this cupcake:

Food Writer Pen Daisy Fondant Cutters

AmeriColor Food
Writer Pen

Wilton Daisy
Fondant Cutters


Candy Corn Mini Cupcakes

Difficulty Level: Easy

When we first saw these cupcakes, we couldn't resist making them. A special thanks to My Delight Cupcakery for sharing this idea. Our version is a mini cupcake form of their original design. Bakery/Cake Goods Needed:

  • Your favorite batch of chocolate, spice or pumpkin cupcakes
  • Your favorite buttercream frosting recipe

Candy Corn Cupcake Decorating Supplies:

  • Orange and Golden Yellow Paste Food Colors
    (we used Wilton’ Brand)
  • Ateco #804 Round Tip
  • Wilton #12 Round Tip
  • Icing Coupler
  • Icing Bags

Finishing Touches:

  • Mini Brown or Fall-themed Cupcake Liners

Directions:

Step 1: Divide butter cream into three bowls. Tint one bowl of butter cream orange, one bowl golden yellow and leave the remaining bowl white.

Step 2: Fit the opening of an icing bag with the Ateco #804 round tip. Fill bag with yellow frosting.

Step 3: Starting from the outside edge of the cupcake, use a circular motion and squeeze the icing out to cover the cupcake. Finish the piping as flat as you can. Continue with the remaining cupcakes.

Step 4: Clean the bag and icing tip. Refit the bag with the Ateco #804 round tip again and fill with orange frosting.

Step 5: Starting about ¼” in from the edge of the piped row of yellow frosting, use a circular motion and squeeze a circle of orange icing out piping it flat as you can. Continue with the remaining cupcakes.

Step 6: Clean the bag and fit with an icing coupler. Fasten the Wilton #12 round icing tip to the bag and fill with white butter cream.

Step 7: With a quick circular motion, pipe out a white dollop of icing to finish off the top of the cupcake.


More Thanksgiving
Cupcake Decorating Ideas:

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Difficulty Level: Easy

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