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Turkey Cupcakes for Kids



Keep your kids busy while you prepare a yummy meal and full of these when you and your husband eat all the pie!!!

These Turkey Cupcakes will make a great centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dessert table, until they get gobbled up. Let the kids help you make them, and they’ll have a blast showing off to family and friends, and bragging about all the fun they had creating turkeys from cookies. What’s better than a Thanksgiving recipe that’s also a Thanksgiving craft?
turkey cupcake
by Linette Gerlach


Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum



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Materials:
•Nutter Butter Cookies (1 for each cupcake)
•Double Stuff Oreo Cookies (1 for each cupcake)
•chocolate cupcakes, baked and cooled
•chocolate decorator icing
•white glue
•1 sheet brown card stock
•½ sheet yellow card stock
•1 tube red decorator icing
•1 tube of yellow decorator icing
•1 tube of black decorator icing
•candy corn (8 candies per cupcake)
•wide round decorator tip (optional)
•1 pastry bag (or plastic bag)
•tape
Instructions:

1. Cut a strip of brown cardstock (1 strip for each cupcake) about 1 ¼ inch wide by 10 inches long; you will use this to wrap the cupcake for the turkey body.

2. Cut 2 turkey feet for each Turkey Cupcake from the yellow card stock. Make the each leg about 1 inch tall, with a triangle at the bottom. Then cut an upside down “w” to make the turkey’s toes (see photo below step #3).

3. Glue the 2 turkey feet to the center of the brown card stock strip, and set it aside to dry.

4. Push 8 pieces of candy corn into the cream of an Oreo cookie, so that the narrow tip is wedged between the 2 Oreo discs and the wide end of the candy corn is sticking out to look like the turkey’s tail. Fan the candy corns around 2/3 of the circumference of the cookie (see photo).

5. Add a turkey beak to the Nutter Butter cookie by using the yellow decorator icing. Pipe a small bit onto the top center of the cookie, then lift up while you’re still squeezing, and release to make a beak (see photo).

6. Add a gobbler to the turkey face with the red decorator icing: start squeezing icing just above the beak, and around one side of the beak. Then, squeeze more red icing just below the beak.

7. Use black decorator icing to make two eyes above the beak.

8. Once the glue has completely dried, wrap the brown strip around one of the cupcakes and tape it in place with the turkey legs in front.

9. Ice the cooled cupcakes with chocolate icing. Use a wide round decorator tip, or cut a hole in the corner of a plastic bag, to pipe a thick round tube of icing on top of the cupcakes (make sure the frosting is thick enough to insert the cookies into it).

10. Assemble the Turkey Cupcakes: once the brown wrap is in place, inserting the Oreo into the icing in the back of the cupcake for the tail, and then insert the Nutter Butter into the icing in the front for the head (see photos). Serve!


Amazing Mom’s Tip


Make everything up ahead of time, have the heads, tails, cupcakes, and wraps assembled, then let the kids have fun assembling everything together at your Thanksgiving party.


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Turkey Cupcake Cake

turkey cupcake cake
by Cindy (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
This turkey is made with cupcakes. I love making "cakes" this way, especially for kid's parties, because it's so easy and convenient when it comes to serving.

You'll need 24 cupcakes. Start with 6 cupcakes in the bottom 2 rows, then 5 in the third row up, then 4 and on the top row, 3 cupcakes.

I start by cutting the top bump off the top of each cupcake, so that they're all flat and even. Then put a thin layer of icing on each one, just enough to "seal" the top. It helps keep the cake fresher, longer and it holds in the crumbs.

I always put a dab of frosting on the bottom of each cupcake to hold in its place. This is important so that they won't move around while you're trying to decorate and when you have to move the cake.

After all the cupcakes are sealed and glued down,I frosted the cupcakes with white icing, like one big cake. I used a toothpick to draw the feathers on the icing, so I'd have an outline to follow. Using a #12 tip I filled in the feathers using the different colors of icing and then smoothed them with a knife. As soon as each feather was smooth I added the different sprinkles.

For the turkey head/neck, I used 1 1/2 twinkies, cut to the right proportion. I used icing to glue them together and frosted it with chocolate icing and added eyes and a beak. When the feathers are finished on the cake, place the head/neck in place. I added a little icing to the bottom to help it stick. After the head was on, I used a #3 tip to draw on the legs.

That's it! So simple!

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