Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving cupcakes’

Premade Pumpkin cupcakes

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

pumpkin cupcake

Pumpkin cupcake

I’d signed up to bring cupcakes to a pre-Thanksgiving “harvest” event at my kid’s school, and I realized I wasn’t going to have to time for elaborate decorations. Thankfully, premade sugar toppers in pumpkin and owl shapes (I’m pretty sure these are by CakeMate) and leaf-shaped sprinkles came to the rescue. Also, the simple 1M swirl technique adds class to any cupcake.

What You Need: 1 cupcake; chocolate frosting; 1M metal tip and pastry bag; premade pumpkin topper; leaf sprinkles.

How to Make It: Fit 1M tip into pastry bag. Working from the outside of the cupcake inward, squeeze steadily to create a swirly top. Sprinkle with leave sprinkles. Add pumpkin to top. That’s it!

Fall tree cupcakes with leaves

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Fall tree cupcake

Fall tree cupcake

A chocolate Twizzler makes a great tree! Whip up a forest of these autumn trees quickly for Thanksgiving or any fall festivities.

What You Need: 1 cupcake; yellow frosting; chocolate Twizzler licorice; candy-coated sunflower seeds; scissors.

How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Cut length of Twizzler to slightly shorter than width of the cupcake. Use scissors to cut about four “branches” one-half to two-thirds of the way through the Twizzler. (It’s hollow.) Spread branches apart and place on cupcake. Sprinkle and/or place sunflower seeds on tree and ground for leaves.

Scarecrow cupcakes

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Scarecrow cupcake

Scarecrow cupcake

Shredded Wheat is the straw on these fun scarecrow cupcakes that are made using only candies and cereal — no fancy piping or icing in tubes!

What You Need: 1 cupcake; yellow frosting; chocolate (or black) Twizzler; shredded wheat (I used spoon-size); 2 black or brown M&Ms; orange chocolate covered sunflower seed (or substitute mini M&M turned sideways); black shoelace licorice; scissors or knife.

How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Break apart shredded wheat and sprinkle or place at top and bottom for straw. Cut Twizzler into one length almost as wide as the cupcake and another length slightly shorter. Assemble as shown for hat. Place candy eyes, nose and mouth.

Thanksgiving corn cupcakes

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Thanksgiving corn cupcake

Thanksgiving corn cupcake

Add the look of “Indian” corn to your harvest table with these easy Thanksgiving cupcakes that look like an ear of dried corn.

What You Need: 1 cupcake; yellow frosting; green sprinkles; assorted fall color Jelly Belly jelly beans; paper and scissors to make a template.

How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Cut a wedge shape from scrap paper to use as a template or “mask” and set it on the cupcake as you sprinkle the rest of the cupcake, forming a corn husk shape. Then remove paper and arrange jelly beans, either skinny side up (like this) or the other way.

Pilgrim hat cupcakes

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Pilgrim hat cupcake

Pilgrim hat cupcake

Looking for an easy way to construct pilgrim hats this Thanksgiving? Just arrange candies and a cookie!

What You Need: 1 cupcake; yellow frosting; leaf-shaped sprinkles (optional); Oreo or other sandwich cookie; mini Reese’s peanut butter cup; red fruit roll; yellow (lemon) Starburst candy; knife.

How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Sprinkle with leaf sprinkles. Using dab of icing, secure wider side of unwrapped Reese’s cup to center of Oreo half. With knife, cut thin (appox. 1/4″) strip of fruit roll and wrap around base of Reese’s cup. Using clean hands, mold bit of Starburst into a “snake” shape, flatten, and bend into a square for buckle. (Pinch edges to make it more square.

Minty turkey cupcakes

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Minty turkey cupcake

Minty turkey cupcake

Thanksgiving guests will gobble up these turkey cupcakes, which are made with mint patties and sliced almonds.

What You Need: 1 cupcake; yellow frosting; 1 thin mint patty (such as by Necco); Junior Mint; about 15 almond slices; candy eyes (or just use mini M&Ms or white icing); red writing icing.

How to Make It: Frost cupcake yellow. Place larger mint at center of cupcake. Using dab of icing as “glue,” put Junior Mint on larger mint for head. Add eyes and squeeze small line of red icing for wattle. Arrange sliced almonds in rows behind larger mint for feathers.

Raking leaves cupcakes

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Raking leaves cupcake

Raking leaves cupcake

Celebrate fall with these easy cupcakes that pair an edible rake with falling leaves. They’re great for harvest festivals and other autumn events.

What You Need: 1 cupcake; yellow frosting; stick pretzel; chocolate Twizzler; leaf-shaped sprinkles (such as by Wilton); scissors or kitchen shears.

How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Break about one-quarter of the pretzel stick off and discard (or eat). Cut about a 1-inch length of Twizzler. Insert scissors into Twizzler (it’s hollow) and make about six cuts around, about two-thirds up. Poke broken end of pretzel into intact end of Twizzler and fan out ends to look like a broom. Place on cupcake. Add leaves to “ground” and “air.”