Today I’m going to show you how to make an adorable, easy Turkey Cake with buttercream and chocolate!
This design is great for all skill levels of cake decorating, and would be the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving dessert table! Kids are sure to love this funny, colorful turkey design.
With brushstroke chocolate shards being so popular in cake decorating, I wanted to incorporate some chocolate turkey feathers into my design for a little added height and color!
I was also inspired by The First Year’s Turkey Cake that popped up in my Pinterest feed. We created our chocolate feathers differently, but her technique of incorporating shards of chocolate is a great one also (and doesn’t require piping).
We hope that you enjoy the video!
In our video, we used three cake layers filled and frosted with our classic chocolate buttercream. (We have 3 frozen 6 inch cake layers that were leftover from other projects– (two chocolate chip cake layers and one chocolate) – but choose whatever you like! This cake would also work for larger cakes.)
Candy Melts- We used Wilton Orange, Red, Yellow, and Brown candy melts, as well as White for the eyes. (If you want to tint white chocolate bark/melts instead, you’ll want to use candy coloring gel.)
Americolor Black Pen- Use any food writer pen you like for the eyes, or substitute with black fondant, black candy/chocolate chips, or buttercream.
Spatula for frosting
Bench Scraper (optional but helpful for even frosting)
Turntable (optional but helpful for applying frosting to any cake)
Miscellaneous: Cardboard cake circle (our cake is resting on one), Parchment or waxed paper for lining cookie sheet, piping bags (ours are disposable)
Piping tip: I used a Wilton 3 tip for the bead border around the base.
Template for Turkey Wings– Place beneath parchment or waxed paper when piping. (Or you can just freehand it!)
Make your chocolate feathers fairly thick so that they will not be as fragile. The feathers will soften slightly when inserted into the cake and so a slightly thicker feather will hold up best.
Chill the feathers in the freezer for 5-10 minutes just before handling & inserting into the cake.
Make a few extra feathers and a wing or two extra to be on the safe side.
We used the “hot knife method” for smoothing our buttercream which involved chilling the freshly frosted cake for about 10-15 minutes or until frosting is firm before going over it with a heated spatula/bench scraper. Use your smoothing method of choice, or you can texture the buttercream with your spatula. Anything goes!
If you’d rather not make chocolate wings, use a leaf tip (366) or similar tip to create chocolate buttercream feathers/wings on each side.
Looking for more Thanksgiving cake tutorials, recipes, and ideas? Make sure to check out our roundup of favorite Thanksgiving cake designs! You can find it here: Roundup of the BEST Thanksgiving Cake Recipes, Tutorials, and Ideas!
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