When it’s raining on an island, the ocean comes to your door. If you don’t have to go out, you don’t go out. Since it poured all day, you can bet that I was in the kitchen cookin’ up something good. I decided to try and replicate a turkey cupcake cake I saw on Pinterest. I couldn’t possibly use as many cupcakes as in the photo because I didn’t have a tray big enough. But my scaled back version is still cute if I do say so myself. And it was much easier than I thought it would be. I made the funfetti cupcakes and chocolate and vanilla frosting that I’ve been making often recently. I made most of the cupcakes in small silicone forms, but I also made a few bigger ones in larger disposable aluminum tins. Once the cupcakes cooled, I used one larger cupcake to serve as the turkey’s body and then positioned the smaller cupcakes around it in anticipation of creating a turkey head and feathers. The cupcakes should all touch one another. You could make yours bigger by adding another row of cupcakes.
I had disposable cake decorating bags, but you could use Ziploc bags with the points cut off for the same effect. I decorated the head and body with chocolate icing. Then, I dyed some of the vanilla frosting with red food coloring. Warning about this – I ended up having to settle for pink feathers because I had already used too much food coloring and the liquid from it was thinning out the icing too much. Gel food coloring might have been different. Or you could make them orange or green or some other color you like. Rather than doing my usual circles with the icing, I tried to elongate my strokes, so they looked more oval like a feather would be. I was also sure that the icing on each cupcake touched the ones next to it just a bit, so it looked like they were all part of the same turkey.
My husband insisted the turkey had legs. So, I cut two long strips of yellow construction paper and folded them accordion style. Then, I cut out triangles and cut out another little triangle in each to create claw-like turkey feet. And I glued those little claws onto the bottom of the strips of folded paper and just tucked them underneath the body (with nothing to secure them). You could make them ahead of time and tape them to the tray before adding the cupcakes if you have more forethought than I do. I brought the “turkey,” along with the Thanksgiving invite, to my in-laws, who seemed to appreciate both. Mission Thanksgiving in Italy is underway.