Easy Turkey Cupcakes


How much fun are these cupcakes?! The kids will love making (and eating) these super easy Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes. Thanks to Gimbal’s Candy for this recipe.

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes
Serves 12
Fun & easy cupcake for kids
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  2. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  6. 1 cup sugar
  7. 3 large eggs
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 1/2 cup sour cream
  10. Vanilla frosting
  11. Chocolate frosting
  12. Black gel icing
  13. Sprinkles (optional)
  14. Hershey kisses
  15. Gimbal’s assorted jelly beans
  16. Red & yellow food coloring
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Into a medium bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each, then beat in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with sour cream and beginning and ending with flour.
  3. Pour batter into cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Cool in pan 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then spread with chocolate frosting using a table knife or small offset spatula.
  5. Stir a drop of yellow and a drop of red food coloring into the vanilla frosting, setting aside a tablespoon that will not be dyed. Once fully combined, dip the tips of each Hershey kiss into the now orange frosting to form the turkey’s nose. Next, using a toothpick, dot two eyes onto the Hershey kiss using the remaining undyed frosting to form the eyes. Finally, add two dots atop the white eye circles using the black gel icing.
  6. Add Gimbal’s gourmet jelly beans to form the turkey’s feathers as desired and enjoy!
Adapted from Martha Stewart
Adapted from Martha Stewart
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