How to Make Fun Turkey Cupcakes Your Kids Will Gobble Up
Those of you who have been around for a while know that I am a mom who cannot pass up a fun DIY project. I love putting my creativity to work to come up with fun new decorations, styles, and yummy treats.
Sometimes though, life has other plans and DIYing has to take a back seat to more important matters. I still like to keep things fun for my family even if I am short on time. Those are the days I get a little help in the form of a DIFM (do it for me). After all, we could all use a hand here and there sometimes.
Don’t know if you’re a DIYer or a DIFMer when it comes to the holidays? Take this fun quiz from Hiland Dairy to find out your personal holiday style! ( Be sure to post your results in the comments! I love to see what everyone is up to once HallowThanksMas season comes around! Yup, you bet I just made that word up. I think it fits the whole season of holidays in the fall well though!)
Fun Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes
It’s no secret that I love making cupcakes. Sometimes though I just don’t have the time or energy to make them from scratch ( especially in colder weather when my fibromyalgia decides to act up more.) On those days I take a little help by using a boxed cake mix. There are so many tried and true options out there. You can even find mixes that fit just about any dietary restrictions such as gluten-free or vegan these days.
Although making homemade buttercream couldn’t be easier I decided to get a little DIFM help by purchasing a premade icing for these easy Thanksgiving turkey cupcakes as well. There were so many colors needed for these turkey cupcakes that it was easier and more cost effective to buy pre-colored. Of course, if you are in a mood to DIY you can always make smaller batches and control the hues to make them match your own personal holiday style! Heck, you could even turn these turkey cupcake toppers into some pretty cute peacocks if you wanted! Hmm, that’s actually a good idea…
The turkey cupcake decorations are a DIY idea that I came up with using thin-style sandwich cookies, a little icing, and candy corn. I used another DIFM by buying premade candy eyes for my turkeys but you can always DIY them with a little white and black icing if you prefer.
Turkey Cupcake Recipe
Making a DIFM Your Own Creation
Although the cupcake recipe on the premade cake box calls for 1 1/4 C of water I chose to use Hiland Dairy brand milk to help make the turkey cupcakes a little more like homemade. It adds a richness to the batter and has the added bonus of protein.
Although there is a wide variety of milk brands available here in Arkansas I always choose Hiland Dairy not only for guaranteed quality but also to support a farmer-owned company that has been a trusted name in the American Heartland since the 1930’s.
As with any of my other recipes, I encourage experimentation with the turkey cupcake toppers too! You could use chocolate sandwich cookies, flat cookies, or something completely different for your turkey base. These toppers are really the star of the show for these turkey cupcakes so be sure that they reflect your own holiday style!
DIY Turkey Cupcake Tray
Did you know that you don’t need to toss those Hiland Dairy milk containers when you are done with them? I found a great way to repurpose them into upcycled crafting materials!
In order to serve our holiday turkey cupcakes, my daughter and I decided we wanted to make a customized tray to hold them. We started with a plain white serving tray and added our own decorations with paint.
To make our leaves we use a leaf-shaped hole punch to create a stencil out of squares we cut from our Hiland Dairy milk containers. We then used our stencils and a small brush to paint our leaves in alternating colors around the rim of the platter. To finish it up we colored each of the dots on the outside of the tray in alternating yellow and orange. We added a clear food-safe glaze to seal the paint in. (Although I would recommend hand washing if you make your own just to be safe!)
Share Your Holiday Style
Did you take the quiz from Hiland Dairy to determine whether you are more of a DIYer or DIFMer? Don’t forget to share your results and let us know your favorite ways to make the holidays special and show your personal holiday style through your decorations, treats, or even the way you celebrate!
Do you have a signature dish that comes out for Thanksgiving or special Thanksgiving cupcakes that you make every year? We would love to hear how you celebrate the season!
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Enjoy your holiday season!
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