DIY Turkey Cupcakes

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DIY Turkey Cupcakes

diy turkey cupcakes

Last year for my daughter’s Thanksgiving party at school we did the cookie version of these DIY Turkey Cupcakes. They were a total hit and the first dessert plate to be empty! Cute recipes like this are always fun to do with my kids and they get so proud of what they made. We’ll be doing these cupcakes this year and I know the kids (and parents) are going to LOVE them! Hope you still have some candy corn laying around after Halloween…..if not a lot of stores have it on clearance right now. We got 2 big bags of it for super cheap and now we’ll put it to good use!

DIY Turkey Cupcakes

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 24


  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 tbsp of milk
  • 5 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup of chocolate sprinkles
  • 1 bag of candy corn
  • 48 candy eyes
  • 1/8 cup of red candy melting chips


  • Bake cupcakes according to the directions on the box and allow to cool.
  • In a large bowl, whisk or sift together the cocoa powder and powdered sugar.
  • In a separate large bowl, cream the butter and vanilla.
  • Slowly add in the powdered sugar mixture and milk as needed, until everything is incorporated and frosting is the right consistency. Then beat for 5 minutes to make sure it is fluffy.
  • Ice cupcakes then sprinkle or dip tops in chocolate sprinkles.
  • Insert 5-7 candy corns along the back edge of each to make tail feathers.
  • Pipe more icing from the front edge to the middle of each to make turkey neck and face.
  • Push 1 candy corn into head to make beak.
  • Place 2 eyes above beak.
  • Place red melting chips into the corner of a zippered sandwich bag. Microwave for 45 seconds and knead to insure that they are melted and smooth.
  • Clip a small corner of the bag and pipe a waddle on the beak and down the neck of each turkey.

 diy turkey cupcakes

Most of the prep time for these DIY Turkey Cupcakes is actually the decorating part! We form an assembly line and I let the kids do the parts they can. Be sure to check out all of our amazing recipes HERE!

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