Turkey Cupcake Toppers!~ A Blog Tutorial

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Learn how to make these CUTE, easy, and delicious Turkey Cupcake Toppers in this quick tutorial!

You will love how quick and simple these little cupcake toppers are--and so fun and unique! ;0) 

Chocolate and Almond Turkey Cupcake Tutorial- These CUTE and easy Turkey Cupcakes are so cute for Thanksgiving celebrations! Learn how to make them in our free step by step cupcake tutorial!


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Today I am bringing you some sweet turkey cupcakes! For the past several days I've been staring down the candy aisle...hoping that a cute Thanksgiving idea would pop up and slap me in the face.

Well, finally, I'm happy to report that while the Mounds bars that I bought only made it into my secret candy drawer...I actually did make good use of Hershey Kisses!

With a little help from candy coating & almonds, we have some quick and easy turkeys for you to gobble gobble~


How to Make Chocolate and Almond Turkey Cupcakes


First, our key turkey parts...

Hershey Kisses (with the points lopped off),  almonds (mine are not roasted--I like the lighter color),  a food coloring pen for eyes (icing or coloring gel would work too), and melted candy coating (I used chocolate "bark" candy coating from the grocery store--Ambrosia is the brand, but any brand is fine.)

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After melting the white candy coating, I spooned it into a piping bag and snipped off the very end.  

This eliminates the need for a piping tip.  I piped my feathers onto a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.  You've seen me do this before ;0).  

I prefer to freehand, but if you'd like to make a template so that all feathers are uniform, you could just slide that template beneath the waxed paper and trace over it.

CUTE chocolate and almond turkey cupcake tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com!

While the feathers were still soft, I pressed on the turkey body.  This was our Hershey Kiss minus the point (and flipped so the smooth side is up).

CUTE chocolate and almond turkey cupcake tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com! Next, I piped a bit of the chocolate (brown) candy coating onto the top of the body.  

This acted as our glue for the almond head.  I used brown so that any excess would be less noticeable than if we had used white candy coating as the glue.

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Almond heads are secure!  Make sure that you add the almonds as soon as you pipe your chocolate "glue", as it hardens fairly quickly.  

Then, I placed them in the freezer for a few minutes to firm them up!  Remember that you can always pop the turkeys (on the cookie sheet) in the freezer or fridge at any time during this project if you'd like to firm them up.

CUTE chocolate and almond turkey cupcake tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com! Here, I'm giving them all beaks with the white candy coating.  After that, I began drawing on their eyes with the food coloring pen.  Things are coming together!

CUTE chocolate and almond turkey cupcake tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com!

Because of our warm kitchen, I popped the turkeys into the freezer for a few minutes more (to firm them up) and then pulled them one by one to place on our cupcakes!   (Our chocolate buttercream swirls are piped with a Wilton 2D tip)


Don't they look cute?!! Still...we felt like something was missing... what do you think?

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Turkey Wattles!  Yes.  Well, actually...I call it a wattle or a "gobbler" ;0) but in my quick Google search, I found that the red flappy on the beak is called a snood?  Who knew?  Not me...but I'm just glad that our turkeys have them --it adds some cuteness ;0)   

I used a small round tip (Wilton tip 3) to add that last little missing piece of the puzzle (using red buttercream).

Here they are!~ I just love our cute turkey cupcakes!


CUTE chocolate and almond turkey cupcake tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com!


I hope you give our turkeys a try this Thanksgiving!  Not only are they cute & festive, but they taste great too!  

After making them, we thought that they would be so funny not just on cupcakes but on top of a cake too--a whole bunch of them! ;0) -- I could Google what a bunch of turkeys is called...but I've already reached my turkey research limit for the day. ;0) --Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by! xo



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  1. I love this idea! I may try to pull it off this weekend.

    You also made me curious, so I did some research and a group of turkeys is a rafter, though most people just call it a flock of turkeys.

  2. Thanks for the cute "turkey topper" idea. I just had to try it out on some chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes frosted with chocolate chip cookie dough icing, then topped with my cute little "gobblers." I added a bit more color in the feathers, and I found some Hershey bites which were flat discs of chocolate so I didn't have to cut the tips off the Hershey Kisses. Everyone loved them! Here are some pics on my FB page:https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=340156856082783&set=a.340156852749450.74677.100002654145862&type=1&relevant_count=1

  3. Sorry CC & Yaneri! I just got notification of your posts today! @CC- Good to know, lol. Next year I will make reference to the rafter ;0) -- @Yaneri- Your hat toppers are adorable!!! @Valerie--Great job! These came out wonderful (and sound delicious!!) ;0)

    1. I LOVE them, Di! hahaha - those google eyes! This is too cute and funny! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving ;0)