happy thanksgiving



More than a few readers suggested that Saucy try to make the infamous turkey cupcakes from What's Up, Cupcake for Thanksgiving. Remember, it's Thanksgiving in Canada this weekend.

Saucy decided to give them a whirl. They are, after all, super cute. Super very cute.



Seriously... tiny turkeys on top of a cupcake? After making these turkey-cakes, Saucy has a few tips for you if you plan to give these a go.

Tip one: you can do lots of the prep work ahead of time.

Because, super very cute takes a lot of work. If you don't break this up into more than one session or you don't have help assembling them, you might snap. Which brings Saucy to:

Tip two: don't attempt to make more than a dozen of these unless you want to snap, or you have the patience of a Saint which Saucy does not. She did not quite snap but the level of pressure on her snap meter was about 8 out of 10 when she was finishing cupcake number nine so you do the math. Obviously, you could make the cupcakes themselves and a batch of buttercream frosting a day ahead of time. That would reduce the snap factor greatly.


Tip three: decide how many cupcakes you want to make and do the turkey legs a day or so ahead of time. They are simply honey wheat sticks (thin unsalted pretzels would work too) with a single Kraft caramel molded around the end. Warm the caramel in the microwave as suggested in the cookbook.

Tip four: the cookbook says to warm the caramel for five seconds to make it pliable, but in fact it took about twenty seconds in Saucy's microwave and the caramels were nice and fresh before she started, so again, you do the math based on the freshness of your caramels and the power of your microwave.

Tip five: if you're working ahead, melt two or three white candy melts in the microwave and dab the tips of the turkey legs for the bone detail and don't use frosting as suggested in the cookbook. It's sturdier.



Tip six: coat the corn flakes with the frosting mixture the day beforehand. It's a simple process, but spreading them out to dry is tedious and best done when you have time and you aren't in the middle of trying to cook a full Thanksgiving dinner, including a real turkey. This step involves melting 1/4 cup of prepared frosting that has been tinted light green with food colouring on high in the microwave for about fifteen seconds. Stir thoroughly and toss with one cup of corn flakes. Spread them out on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet to dry, at least thirty minutes (according to the book) or one hour (in reality).

Tip seven: yes, frosted flakes or any flaked cereal would also work.

Tip eight: when rolling an entire Kraft caramel thin to become the turkey skin, do so between sheets of waxed paper or silicone baking parchment.

Tip nine: use a melon baller to cut a little "neck" hole on the skin but don't discard the cut part:

Tip ten: when you roll the next caramel into a turkey skin, add the discarded bit from the last caramel. Saucy also found that rolling the caramel into a smooth ball in her hands before using the rolling pin to flatten it made it easier to roll.

Tip eleven: don't make a super huge pile of frosting on the top of the cupcake to turn into a turkey. A small cookie-dough scoop will do. Using your hands to ply apart the flattened caramel slightly to give it a round shape, place it over the ball of frosting.

Tip twelve: See how Saucy left some room around the edge of the cupcake? In the cookbook, the turkey was as big in circumference as the cupcake itself but that's a little unwieldy for decorating. Saucy went smaller... and cuter.

Use a knife to tuck the edges of the carmel under the frosting ball.

Use the heel of your knife to make the rear end of the turkey:

... like so! If a little of the white frosting squishes out from under the turkey skin, scrape it away with your knife.

Tip thirteen: mix up the remainder of your buttercream with some of the leaf green dye and pipe if all floppy like so around your turkey. This way, you don't have to worry about having enough frosting-coated corn flakes in green - it will all blend.

You can attach the turkey legs by moistening them with warm water and pressing them to the body of your bird.

The finishing touches: stuffing in the neck (made with bran bit cereal stirred with some chocolate frosting) and adding the corn flake "lettuce" around the edge of the cupcake.

If you have little green nonpareils add them to the stuffing to look like peas. You can shake a bit of cinnamon on the back of the turkey to look like seasoning, too.

If you have round red candies, or leaf sprinkles, those look cute too. Like little radishes and garnishes. Don't they look adorable, all together like that? You're guaranteed to get "oohs" and "aahs" when you open your cupcake caddy.

Harajuku Girl, who is back from Japan, loved them too. They were almost too cute to eat. They were super cute... super kawaii!

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow Wow WOW!!! VERY cool...strong work, team..strong work. =)

~Julie

Lisa Russell said...

I have that book, and you did an excellent job! Happy Thanksgiving! And thanks for the tips!

queen-of-nostalgia said...

Holy. Smokes.

These are fabulous! I think I would snap after making one... you do TOO have the patience of a saint :)

Madison said...

WOW! I applaud you for finishing a dozen of these. I guess it was worth it since they're cute. :)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh man, those are a work of art. But I couldn't eat them--the stuffing freaks me out!

Joanne said...

You are a star! I would NEVER have had the patience for those. Good for you!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Well those are pretty awesome!! I don't think I'd even attmept them!

Suzy said...

WOWWW~ These look great! You certainly do have patience, what are you talking about??? It takes time to phote each step, and keep track of the tips....KUDOS to you!

Pepper said...

Those are crazy!!!! Nice work!

dragonflydreamer said...

Your Turkey cupcakes are the cutest I've ever seen. You are soo amazing. There is nothing you can't do and do extremely well. Thanks for sharing your process. Happy Thanksgiving.

xo Susi xo

GinnyO said...

These are over the top ... and I love them! Great work! Now have a happy Thanksgiving.

{lauryl} said...

Holy amazing! Where do you find the time? I'm in awe!

Sprinkles said...

Love your turkey cupcakes they are fantastic and I think our readers will benefit from your funny and informative tips. We will therefore be featuring you on Party Cupcake Ideas on Thursday of this week!

MJ said...

Umph. No patience at all for me! I'd be skipping that little turkey! Kudos for doing it!

Clandestine Road said...

That is the cutest thing I have ever seen. Ever.

Kim said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bunny said...

Saucy, you are SO talented. Seriously, just open a cupcake shop already. Or just do private orders for uber ritzy folks.

Anonymous said...

you know that's not the neck of the turkey, right?

Karin said...

I've never seen anything like this! You did such a great job - and I like the way you photographed it each step of the way too. I'm always amazed to see how things are made.

I don't think that I would have the patience to make something that complicated.

Karin said...

I've never seen anything like this! You did such a great job - and I like the way you photographed it each step of the way too. I'm always amazed to see how things are made.

I don't think that I would have the patience to make something that complicated.

Saucy said...

O.... M... G... of course that's not the neck! Funniest blog error ever. Heee hee!

Anonymous said...

Saucy, and everybody... any other idea to make the stuffing???

those cupcakes are not cute, they are the most outstanding, beautiful turkeys anybody ever could do!!!

I will try to do them, and will be thankful for any ideas about stuffing!

Thanks

Saucy said...

I bet you could also do the stuffing with crushed vanilla wafer cookies (Nilla cookies, some call them) or any plain cookie - just don't break them too fine and then add the frosting for "glue" and it will work no problem! Even Chips Ahoys would work, but I'd use minis so the chips would also be small and break apart!! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I tried making these the other day (bought the book) and the legs do not stay on with just water. You are correct in saying that making it the size of the top of the cupcake is a royal pain. these were the most stressful cupcakes I have ever made. I think I cracked the glass on my kitchen window from screaming. Your's did turn out very awesom!!

Derrienne said...

I am in the process of making these and I am using pound cake that I am going to cut into small cubes instead of the cereal.

DJGarry said...

My girlfriend Lyn and her daughter have just made a bunch of these this morning for after Thanksgiving tonight.
Didn't do a bad job either, I'd say :)
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5355059&l=fa0a6f2406&id=686169856

printing of flyers said...

Excellent job! Thanks for sharing the tips with us.

RevitaDerm Cream said...

I have that book, and you did an excellent job! Happy Thanksgiving!

worshipbabe said...

I have the book & am making these, but so glad I found your tips online. You gave better details & pics of the step by step! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I am planning on making these for Thanksgiving. I bought runts to add garnish along with the green cereal lettuce leaves. and I'm going to try the vanilla wafers for stuffing. Thanks for the great picture/tips :) your cupcakes are adorable and set the bar pretty high for amateurs like me!

stacey oden said...

I am planning on making these for Thanksgiving. I bought runts to add garnish along with the green cereal lettuce leaves. and I'm going to try the vanilla wafers for stuffing. Thanks for the great picture/tips :) your cupcakes are adorable and set the bar pretty high for amateurs like me!

worshipbabe said...

Hope Saucy or someone can help me right away. I'm making the stuffed turkey cupcakes for Thanksgiving, but need to make 36. I know I can freeze decorated cupcakes, but can I do it with the caramel on it? I've done a couple cupcakes, but can't do them all the day before Thanksgiving. Thanks!

worshipbabe said...

My first turkeys came out so cute (well, after I figured out all the things I was doing wrong), but so time consuming! I love them.

Saucy said...

Hello Worshipbabe,

I don't think they will freeze nicely with the caramel on them. Cupcakes can freeze well but I am not sure about the caramel topping on the buttercream, it might separate! If you try it, let me know - whether it works or not!!

xoxoxo

worshipbabe said...

Freezing these works. I made 2 cupcakes, completely finished, and put them in the freezer for about 15 hours. Then took them out & left them in a disposable, plastic cupcake carrier to thaw at room temp (not in the fridge). After another 24 hours, they looked & tasted great! My friend tried them, too. No beading or separating. What a great thing not to have to consume all that time the day before!

Anonymous said...

These are totally awesome.

And I'm a chicken (turkey, ha) and won't be making them because I would probably snap.

But they are amazing!

Buy RevitaDerm said...

I've done a couple cupcakes, but can't do them all the day before Thanksgiving. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that there is a Facebook page called holidays that is sharing bloggers photos without linking up. It looks like they used one of your turkey cupcakes.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Holidays/300127576697176

Just wanted to let you know.

Stephanie said...

OMG! This is cuteness!! I'm dying to see this!!!

Allison said...

My daughter really wants to make these...is there a recipe book to buy that has the step-by-step directions? Thanks so much

Shannon Leigh said...

I made 14 of these last night. Looked great. This morning all the legs had fallen off. The caramel kinda just melted off. :(

My advice is to make them the day of.

Anonymous said...

Amazing!!!

Anonymous said...

WOW WOW WOW AS A LT OF PEOPLE SAY THESES ARE SO CUTEEEEE I LOVE THEM BUT BEING A OLD GRANNY I DON'T THINK I'LL TRY THEM .. BUT OH THANKS FOR THE TURKEYS ...I MAY JUST TRY AT LEAST 3 FOR THE GRANDKIDS .. AND FOR THE THE ONES THAT ARE GOING TO GIVE ME GREAT GRANDKIDS ...LOL <3 THANKS AGAIN