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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


  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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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"

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."

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"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2012

"Where do I find the video?"

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"

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