Thanksgiving Cupcakes


No matter what new dessert trend takes over the foodie scene each year, cupcakes will always hold a special place in my heart. I scoured Pinterest for the cutest Thanksgiving cupcake ideas and came up with my own flavor pairings to create the best autumn spread of cupcakes the world has ever seen. While baking and decorating these cupcakes was a lengthy process, there are a few things you can do to make everything easier. While homemade cake is great, using the box mixes is so much easier and just as delicious. Personally, I usually opt to use the box mixes, but make my own homemade frostings and buttercreams. If you are going for a flavored frosting but don’t have much time, there are little flavor packets available at grocery stores that you can simply pour in to a store-bought frosting! For frosting application, I use icing bags that are available for purchase at any craft or baking store. However, you can also use Ziploc sandwich bags and simply cut the corner of the bag off!

Here is the list of the five different Thanksgiving cupcakes I made, and the tools I used to make them.

1. Red Velvet Spice Cupcake

Red velvet cake: Homemade, recipe here.

Cream cheese cinnamon frosting: Homemade, recipe here.

Chocolate acorns: Used peanut butter to stick Hershey kisses to circular Nutter Butter cookies. Directions here.

2. S’mores Cupcake

Chocolate cake: store-bought box mix

Marshmallow frosting: made this frosting recipe and then toasted the frosting with a miniature kitchen blowtorch, then sprinkled crushed graham cracker on top.

3. Salted Caramel Cupcake

Chocolate cake: store-bought box mix

Caramel frosting: Bought a caramel icing flavor packet and mixed into Pillsbury Cream Cheese frosting, then sprinkled sea salt on top.

4. Thanksgiving Cupcake

Vanilla cake: store-bought box mix

Milk chocolate frosting: store-bought Pillsbury frosting

Pilgrim Hats: Made out of Resee’s cups and Fudge Stripe cookies! Directions here.

5. Apple Cinnamon Cupcake

Vanilla cake: store-bought mix

Apple Pie filling: Homemade cinnamon apple filling, recipe here. Took out middle of cupcake with a tool you can buy at any craft/baking store and then put filling inside. I topped the cupcakes with the same Cream Cheese Cinnamon frosting I used previously!

Enjoy! Hopefully this inspires you to do some Thanksgiving baking of your own.

xx, Laina









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