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Want to make a fun dessert for the Thanksgiving?  How about a cupcake shaped like a turkey!

What? Did you think I meant a turkey in cupcake form? You can make that if you want, but today I’ll be showing you how to make a cupcake that is decorated to look like a turkey. Turkey cupcakes! The ingredients you’ll need is a brownie mix, chocolate frosting, red, orange, yellow gummy fish, and white and black decorating icing as well as cupcake tins, cupcake pans, a wire rack, a knife, a pastry bag or resealable food storage bag, and an oven to cook them in.

Brownie Ingredients: Tip: Use applesauce to replace fat substance (butter, oil) and you can use bananas to replace eggs.

1 cup applesauce (4oz)

2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 eggs or 4 bananas

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Place cupcake tins in cupcake pan.


  1. Place sugar, applesauce and vanilla in a bowl and stir. Add eggs or bananas, one at a time, beating well with spoon after each addition. Add cocoa; beat until well blended. Add

flour, baking powder and salt; beat well. Pour batter into cupcake tins evenly.


Source: “The Cupcake Bible”


  1. Bake 24 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove to wire rack; cool completely. Makes 24 cupcakes.


Frosting Ingredients: (Will need butter)

6      tablespoons butter or margarine, softened

6      tablespoons cocoa powder

2      tablespoons light corn syrup or honey

1      teaspoon vanilla extract

2      cups powdered sugar

2 to 4 tablespoons milk


Beat butter, cocoa, corn syrup and vanilla in small bowl until blended. Add powdered sugar and milk; beat to spreading consistency. Makes 1-2/3 cups frosting.


Use knife to cut gummy fish in half lengthwise and create two thinner fish. Cut tails off each fish; reserve tails


Frost cupcakes. Arrange 12 gummy fish halves, cut sides facing up, in two rows in one side if each cupcake, pressing cut ends of fish into cupcake as shown in photo.

Place remaining frosting in pastry bag or resealable food storage bag with a hole cut in one corner of bag. Pipe 1 ½ inch mound of frosting on opposite side of each cupcake to create head. Pipe eyes with decorating icing; white dots followed by black. Use reserved gummy fish tails to create beaks. Set cupcakes on gummy tails to resemble feet, if desired.


Share with others and enjoy a fun, turkey cupcake for Thanksgiving.


Inspired by:

And “The Cupcake Bible” “Feathered Friends”

Nicole Tyner

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