With Thanksgiving approaching I decided we could start off with a holiday themed post because why not?
Last Thanksgiving my contribution to the family dinner was these adorable turkey cupcakes. I want to say that for the record they tasted amazing, but that isn’t what this post is about.
My biggest struggle when it comes to deciding on a dish to bring to any potluck situation is that I am a horrible overachiever. It wasn’t enough for me to just say “dessert”, no way. I had to take it to a whole new level and bring a themed dessert. I hate myself at times like these.
As per any creative decision, I spent like three days on Pinterest coming up with ideas. I decided on cupcakes mostly because I had found this great deal at Michael’s on a cupcake carrier and was desperate to try it out. Also who doesn’t love cupcakes?
I decided on turkey cupcakes because it seemed like the most obvious holiday theme possible, and also Thanksgiving and Halloween are so close together that beside my cupcake carrier there was a display for monster making kits and I fell in love with these monster eyes and decided on the spot they would make cute turkeys. I stand by that choice.
I bought three different colours of piped icing and a container of chocolate icing. I made vanilla cupcakes (okay being honest: from a box, don’t tell) and then iced them with the chocolate. Everything seemed like it was going really well.
Then I moved on to the part where I added the turkey’s face. So originally my plan with the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was that it would be a sort of base for the turkey’s iced feathers. This was a horrible failure that resulted in a huge mess and two destroy cupcakes. It was crime scene worthy. So then I decided it would be the turkeys face, since I had had a similar failure making a 3D beak out of icing. So I painted on a face with icing and then used the coloured piping icing to make three rows of “feathers”, and propped the Reese’s up on a chunk of icing. It looked super precarious but they didn’t fall (not even upon delivery and/or consumption, thanks very much!) so I considered that a success.
The moral of this story is that even if you have subpar baking skills and even less patience for icing, if you’re dedicated and creative you can pull off the perfect addition to your family’s holiday party.
These guys were a major hit and I got rave reviews. It was worth the entire day I dedicated to making them (!). Did the success go to my head? Probably. I signed up to make cranberry sangria for this year.