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Cute Turkey Cupcakes

If you're looking for a cute Thanksgiving dessert, look no further! These turkey cupcakes will be a hit!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, cupcakes
Prep Time 18 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Drying Time for Decorations 1 hour
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes


  • 1/2 cup lukewarm coffee
  • 2 tbsp lukewarm coffee
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 whole egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream full fat
  • 2 tbsp sour cream full fat
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 container chocolate frosting
  • 1 large bag M & M's red, yellow, orange, blue only
  • 1 cup white chocolate candy melts
  • 1 bag Hershey's Milk Chocolate Kisses
  • orange gel coloring
  • 1 box red hots
  • piping bag


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners
  2. Using a small bowl, whisk together the lukewarm coffee and cocoa powder until smooth and no lumps remain. Set aside to cool slightly.

  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves.
  4. Using a standing mixer beat the egg, egg yolk, and sugar on medium high speed until pale yellow in color. 
  5. Add the sour cream and mix until combined, followed by the canola oil. 

  6. Add the flour mixture all at once and mix until combined. 
  7. Add the cocoa mixture and mix until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  8. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full with the batter and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 12-15 minutes. 
  9. Let cupcakes cool in the pan for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

  10. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  11. Unwrap 10-14 hershey kisses and set aside
  12. Using a small microwave safe bowl, melt 1/2 of the white chocolate 
  13. Mix in 2-3 drops of the orange gel food coloring and mix until combined
  14. Dip the tip of the of the hershey kiss into the orange chocolate 
  15. Place a red hot onto the bottom side of the of the "beak" to create the gobble
  16. Using another small bowl, melt the remaining white chocolate 
  17. Scoop the melted white chocolate into a piping bag and cut the tip off 
  18. Pipe 20-28 small white dots onto the cookie sheet 
  19. Place the blue M&M's onto the white dots to create the eyes
  20. Using the black cake icing, pipe small dots for the pupils 
  21. Allow to dry for 1 hour

  22. Once dry, carefully peel off the parchment paper
  23. Pipe a small dot of the black icing onto the back of the eyes and place onto the side of the beak
  24. Using the chocolate icing, frosting the cupcakes
  25. Using 8 red m&m's, create the top layer of the feathers on a cupcake
  26. Using 6 orange m&m's, create the second layer of the feathers

  27. Using 4 yellow m&m's, create the third layer of the feathers
  28. Place the hershey kiss into the front center of the feathers