Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes Recipe
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Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes Recipe

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Turn an ordinary cupcake into a Thanksgiving extravaganza with this easy-to-find "secret" ingredient: caramel! —Taste of Home Food Styling Team
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 2 hours
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 2 hours
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 can (16 ounces) caramel frosting or frosting of your choice
  • Cupcakes of your choice
  • Caramels
  • Dots candies, candy-coated sunflower kernels and Sixlets candies

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake (calculated without decorations): 221 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 195mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Frost cupcakes. For each turkey, unwrap three caramels; place on a small piece of waxed paper. Microwave on high for 5-7 seconds or until softened. Break off desired amount for the body; roll into an egg shape. Roll two smaller pieces into wings and two pieces into legs. Press onto body to attach.
  2. For leaves, roll out Dots candies to 1/8-in. thickness; cut leaf shapes. Place a turkey on top of each cupcake; arrange leaves, sunflower kernels and Sixlets around turkeys. Yield: varies.
Originally published as Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes in Taste of Home's Cupcake of the Week Newsletter 2009, p11/23/09

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shawnba User ID: 2581969 111151
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"I made these for the first time this year, and they were a big hit at my Thanksgiving party. I'm giving them a 4 only because they were very time consuming, I found myself making one part, then later making another because of the time needed for the turkeys to cool and the lettuce leaves to set up. Also I think I would use runts next time instead of sixlets"

Tiggergirl0325 User ID: 6995477 111150
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"This is a very cute idea. I made them for my daughter's class for her Thanksgiving birthday. They were a huge hit, but VERY time consuming. It took me 3 hours to do about 16 turkeys. The only way I'd make this recipe again is if it were for a small family gathering of 10 or less. One tip I would give, especially if you are doing a large number of them, is to spread the wrapped caramels on a heating pad instead of using the microwave, then unwrap and mold as needed."

chantels719 User ID: 6097735 189597
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2012

"very time consuming but it was worth it! They were a hit @ Thanksgiving. When making the turkeys themselves I put a dab of water on my finger and pat it on the caramel to give it a glossy look. Also, made chocolate chip cupcakes w/ whipped nutella icing..... yuuummmm"

mel06010 User ID: 5539310 111149
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2012

"Where do I find the video?"

gng57 User ID: 5192177 108343
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

"My little niece made these for Thanksgiving,I saw a picture of them her mom took.These are so cute!I'm saving this for next year I will make these for sure.Thanks for the great idea"

colemang2 User ID: 1213206 108320
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"So cute! I'm going to try them using Runts candy (the miniature fruit) and skipping the leaves although they're adorable!"

Dash-of-Pepper User ID: 6141999 187570
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"I wish I could go to the store right now and get the stuff! Thank you for sharing!

I'm getting the stuff tomorrow! ( I hope)"

WARSAWSHIRLEY User ID: 743040 129127
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"Takes to much time especially for very old crippled hands. Where do you get candy coated sunflower kernels??? What are sixlets and where do you get them???"

mtlake1951 User ID: 2105612 177424
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"I think someone has too much time on their hands if they review recipes they won't even try!"

jam1941 User ID: 3162350 172718
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"What a cute idea. The kids will love it & so will we old folks. Thanks & Keep the ideas coming."

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