| Guest Post: Turkey Cake With Autumn Cupcakes
We've been following Melissa Diamond, the founder of My Cake School for quite some time over at Candy.com and are lucky enough to have her guest blog on MyCandyCrafts.com this week!
teaches cake decorating on her site, which includes 100-plus video tutorials, forums,
gorgeous close-up imagery, recipes, and Melissa's blog. (Click here for sample video tutorials.)
challenged this cake star to come up with a Thanksgiving-themed project
(pretty broad, huh?) using a smattering of MyCandyCrafts.com products.
Melissa promptly handed us her shopping list and created a
turkey cake with a side of cupcakes. Pretty amazing! Aren't the turkey feathers fabulous?
Here's the "how-to" straight from Melissa ...
Melissa's Shopping List
Autumn Tree Cupcakes
4. Wilton Tip 3
had the best time making this Thanksgiving-themed cake and cupcake
tutorial! Both designs are simple, colorful, and very kid-friendly if
you would like to enlist the help of little ones!
Let's start off with a loveable turkey cake topper. Here is a snapshot of the supplies that I used.
make the head, I softened two caramel squares in the microwave for a
few seconds (just enough to make them pliable). Then, I rolled the
caramel into a ball and placed on top of a lollipop stick. It is easy to
twist some of the caramel down even further to form the neck. Fondant
or gum paste would work for this step too.)
Using a Wilton tip 3, I piped on the beak and wattle. The eyes were made with an Americolor black pen.
my 9" cake that needs a topper! Notice that I put a bubble tea straw
(sturdy straw) in the center of my cake. This will just add a little
extra support--it's an optional step. The vertical lines around the
sides of the cake were piped on with my Wilton 2D tip! (I also scattered
a few leaf sprinkles for a little more color.)
frosting my mini wonder mold cake with brown buttercream, I chilled it
so that the icing could firm up. That way, I could easily move it to the
top of the cake. (Chilling is optional, but I think that it helps!)
for the fun part! I pushed my Teeny Twisters into the cake. Their candy
sticks serve as great anchors. I love the color that they add to the
Now it's just a matter of a few finishing touches!
da! Look how cute!!! After inserting the head/neck, I just used my
small round piping tips (Wilton 3) to add wings and a buckle on the top
hat. The top hat can be made by stacking a cylinder shaped candy/piece
of fondant on top of a flattened round circle of candy/fondant. In my
case, I used black Dots candy.
that we have a cute turkey cake, I wanted to make some cupcakes to
match! These cupcakes may be my favorite Fall cupcake design yet,
because I could make them SO quickly with the help of my Autumn
I used big white cupcake liners (2 1/4 x 1 5/8"). I
love the nice tall cupcakes that they made. (No special "tall cupcake"
Here I am piping my tree trunks with brown buttercream using a Wilton tip 3.
Then, add your sprinkles! See how easy that was? These are perfect for Thanksgiving or any Fall-themed event!
hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! Thanks to MyCandyCrafts.com for
asking me to be a guest blogger for this post. I had a great time, and I
LOVE your products!
And, we love your teaching style, creativity, and cakes! Thank you Melissa!
Linda Guilbeau Date 11/1/2011 10:36:12 AM
Thank you so very much! Very creative! I absolutely love this, especially the Fall Trees cupcakes! I will definitely make these for Thanksgiving!
Lauren Date 11/2/2011 11:26:35 AM
I LOVE this! What a great idea!
grethel garces Date 11/2/2011 7:39:37 PM
For sure Iwill make this cupcakes in thanksgivin they are awesome thank you very much
Susan Foley Date 11/3/2011 10:31:19 PM
This is such a great idea!
Susan Foley Date 11/3/2011 10:31:37 PM
This is such a great idea!
Linda Date 11/11/2011 10:43:21 AM
Loved the cake and cupcakes perfect for the holiday Thank you.
Kathryn Date 11/15/2011 6:43:01 AM
Fabulous! Thanks for sharing,
Britt Date 11/16/2011 12:15:04 PM
Cute! Such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing! :)
Kathryn DeNinno Date 11/21/2011 9:12:19 PM
I made this for my son's Thanksgiving Feast and it was a big hit! It took me longer than expected to get the turkey cake and the Autumn cupcakes done, but I sure had fun with it all.
And when I walked in to my son's 1st grade classroom today with the turkey cake, all the kids said, "Oooooooh!" and rushed up to see it.
It was well worth the time and effort.
Thanks again for sharing the tutorial!
MyCandyCrafts.com Date 12/6/2011 12:56:13 PM
Kathryn - That's so cool that you made the turkey cake for you son's classroom! If you have photos of your creation, you should send them to us at info@MycandyCrafts.com! Thanks for sharing!
martha n. damiao Date 11/18/2012
I really like ...its inspiring me to do.Thanks for sharing...
Penny Date 4/17/2013
Love the idea and a design you can easliy do at home