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Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Pies are great thanksgiving desserts that is an American tradition but sometimes you just want a little bit of cake. Cupcakes are perfect grab and pile-it-on your plate kind of dessert.

No cutting slices involved, and really these two to three bite cakes are like the appetizers of the dessert table.

But just showing up with some cupcakes is boring, why not dress these cupcakes to impress? These turkey decorations are easy and make people ooh and ahh. The directions are quite simple and you can get really creative with all the possibilities you can do.

First, you need some cupcakes. These cakes that are pictured here are my own White Ginger Cupcakes with maple frosting, which you can find the recipe for by clicking the link.

After your cupcakes have been baked and cooled, you can start decorating by swirling or piping some frosting on your cakes. Then just take some melting chocolate wafers and melt it down to a liquid. You can do this by tempering the chocolate on the stovetop or by putting it in the microwave.

I used both dark and white chocolate. Using a white and brown combination can give a very sophisticated look. But for some more fun separate some of your white chocolate and add a little bit of food coloring to make some of your decorations pop.

Once all the chocolate is melted, put it in separate piping bags with a very small tip. Use baking trays with parchment paper as your canvas and pipe feathers for your turkeys. You can be very creative here or very simple. Other shapes that are fun to use are leaves or different foods like pumpkins or gourds. Go crazy!

After all, the chocolate has been piped on your baking sheets, put them in a freezer for at least 30 minutes. It’s best to leave them in the freezer and assemble them right before serving.

For assembly simply put in your feathers and use a Hershey Kiss for the head. And there you have it, Some turkey cakes to go with all the other desserts at the Thanksgiving table, these are sure to catch people’s eye.

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