Turkey Cupcakes – Thanksgiving Cupcake Decorating

Turkey Cupcakes for Thanksgiving

Don’t panic, I didn’t put actual turkey in these cupcakes! They just look like adorable little turkeys 🙂 These Turkey Cupcakes are chocolatey and have some Reese’s Pieces as the feathers, so it’s the perfect decorating activity! If you’re allergic to peanut butter, just use 1 row of candy corn instead and have it fan out like feathers would! There are also lots of substitutions to making the little turkey faces, so check for those in the notes below!

Turkey Cupcakes

Christmas, Halloween and Valentine’s Day have a ton of fun dessert decorating ideas, but I think Thanksgiving gets a little gypped.  After all, we spend most of the day making food, so why not make it cute?!


 First of all, I used white chocolate Melts for this (instead of white chocolate chips) because they melt a lot easier. Also, if you don’t have gel food dye to dye the chocolate orange than you can use orange Melts OR you can just whip up a little frosting and dye it orange with liquid dye.  I bet if you melted the frosting just a little bit you could get a similar effect by dipping the Kisses in it!  And with the “gobble” and the “eyes” you can use colored frosting as well!

Turkeys out of chocolate Kisses

 As I said a few times before, you can use candy corn instead of the Reese’s Pieces if you want! I just really loved the bright colors from the Reese’s and I put some peanut butter in my frosting to make them chocolate-peanut butter turkey cupcakes so the Reese’s went well with that theme! Notice that I did tilt my candies up a little bit to make room for all of them.

How to make Turkey Cupcakes


I have 2 other fun versions of Turkey Cupcakes! These ones stand tall and use Oreos and Nutter Butters to make it all happen!

Cute Turkey Cupcakes using Oreos and Nutter Butters

 These ones are a little more simple and come together in a snap… or a gobble.

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes! So cute and perfect for the kids!


Turkey Cupcakes

Turkey Cupcakes


20-24 unfrosted cupcakes
20-24 Hershey Kisses
1 C. white chocolate chips-I used white Melts, divided
Orange gel food dye (see notes below)
Mini chocolate M&Ms
Chocolate frosting (or chocolate peanut butter)
1 bag Reese's Pieces


1. First you'll make the turkey faces. Unwrap all Hershey Kisses.
2. Melt 1/4 C. or the white chocolate and stir in orange gel food dye. The liquid dye will cause the chocolate to seize so don't use that. OR you can use orange frosting! Dip the tip of each Kiss into the orange chocolate and let cool-see photos below.
3. After the "beak" has cooled, use a red mini M&M and dip the side of it into the left over orange chocolate and press onto the beak as the "gobble." See photos.
4. To make eyes, melt the rest of the white chocolate and use a small ziplock bag to make a mini piping bag by cutting off the corner. Pipe little dollops out and then press a brown or blue mini M&M into the chocolate while still warm and let cool.
5. Use melted while chocolate or frosting to place the eyes onto the Kisses.
6. Frost all your cupcakes.
7. Use your Reese's Pieces to create "feathers" and work from the outside in, one color at a time. See photos. I did the same color order every time but feel free to mix it up! You can ever use candy corn instead if you prefer!
8.Place a Hershey Kiss "face" in the center when you're done!
9. Gobble, gobble!


I can’t believe Thanksgiving is coming up so fast!  I can’t wait to start making stuffing and pies! This pie looks great to me!


If you’re in need of a quick and easy pumpkin pie, try my Pumpkin Dump Cake!  It’s basically pumpkin pie filling with a cakey-crunchy topping!

The Best Pumpkin Dump Cake


24 thoughts on “Turkey Cupcakes – Thanksgiving Cupcake Decorating

  1. 1
    Autumn says:

    Wow! Sooo cute! I need to make these!

  2. 2

    Even though we don’t celebrate thanksgiving here in Australia, I definitely will be making these turkey cupcakes – they look so delicious and so cute. The perfect excuse for a celebration!!

  3. 3
    Deborah says:

    Seriously SO cute!!!

  4. 4

    Lizzy these are beyond cute – I cannot wait to show my daughter – she’s going to LOVE them as much as I do

  5. 5

    These are adorable! Kids will love these for Thanksgiving dessert. And by kids, I mean me. =)

  6. 6
    Heather says:

    How cute! Love these!

  7. 7
    Cherie says:

    Cute and doable – my little chef thanks you! – though I think I may be doing the beaks myself while she bakes!

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  9. 9

    These little guys are absolutely adorable! My niece would go crazy for them – I think this will be our next project!

  10. 10

    These cupcakes are adorable! So fun to make with kids!

  11. 11

    These little guys are so adorable!

  12. 12

    These are the cutest cupcakes ever! If I wasn’t such a disaster with crafty things, I would make them for both my kids’ class parties!

  13. 13
    Shaina says:

    These are adorable and so easy!

  14. 14
    chigu says:

    These so cute. I am going make this for My daughter ‘s classroom. They having thanksgiving festa lunch. Can’t wait to make it (^!^)

  15. 15
    Ann says:

    Did you mean mini M&Ms instead of mini chocolate chips in the recipe? I`m assuming you meant mini M&Ms since that is what you used for the eyes (on top of a dollop of white chocolate. :0

  16. 16
    brittani says:

    im having trouble!! when add the orange gel dye to the melted choc it is freezing up right away. then i try to quickly dip the Hershey kisses & it melts them cause its too hot

  17. 17

    Hi Lizzy- these are so cute! I just want to let you know that I included it today in my List of Fabulous Finds on my blog, The Most – – of Every Moment. My list today of fab finds are links to recipes for a completely fabulous Thanksgiving feast. I can’t wait to serve these!

  18. 18
    Sylvia says:

    Hi Lizzy,

    I ran across your site not to long ago, and it inspired to try and make these cupcakes. I believe I did a really good job on them, so I made a post about in my blog where I give you credit for planting the idea in my head. I was wondering if you could check out my blog, and read my post. Here is a link to my blog prayingforthenaturalsisters.blogspot.com

    Thanks so much,

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    Looks like a bloody penis tip on the end of these. Gross.

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