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Thanks for Dessert! How to Make Thanksgiving Cake Pops

Thanksgiving is almost here and turkeys are the talk of the town! From their gobbles to their wattles, they are the symbol of giving thanks for the amazing wonders all around us.

To share in the festivities, we are sharing this delicious tutorial on how to make Thanksgiving cake pops!

turkey cake pops

Here’s what you will need:

  • Cake pops in your favorite flavor and dipped in chocolate melts or tempered chocolate
  • Candy corn
  • Large heart-shaped sprinkles
  • Candy eyes (can be found at most large craft stores — or, make your own using black and white fondant or royal icing)
  • Piping bag, preferably disposable with no tip

candy melts - milk and white chocolate

Step 1:

To get a light brown color for your turkey, mix a bag of white Candy Melts with approximately 1/4 of a bag of light cocoa Candy Melts.

You may also enjoy our posts on How to Melt Candy Melts and How to Make Smooth Cake Pops.

Cake Pops Covered in Candy Melts

Step 2:

Once all of your cake pops are covered and dry, pour your remaining melted chocolate into a piping bag. Now we can begin to decorate our cute turkeys!

Creating Turkey Feathers with Candy Corn

Place four pieces of candy corn on parchment or wax paper so the small white tips are all touching. Pipe a little melted chocolate onto the white parts of the candy corns. Place your cake pop onto the melted chocolate so the bottom of the stick is also touching the table. Let the chocolate cool. Continue this process for all your cake pops.

Candy Corn in a Leaf Dish

Step 3:

Add the eyes by piping a tiny bit of chocolate onto the back of the eye and then placing it on the cake pop.

Slicing Candy Corn - Making Thanksgiving Cake Pops

Step 4:

For the beak, use scissors or a knife to cut the yellow part off the candy corn. Then, using melted chocolate, attach the beak just under the eyes.

Heart-Shaped Sprinkles

Step 5:

The wattle (that is the little red thing on a turkey) is added by applying melted chocolate to the bottom tip of a heart shaped sprinkle and placing it upside down under one side of the beak.

Turkey Cake Pop

That’s all there is to it! You now have a fun Thanksgiving day dessert to wow your friends and family!

Come back to the Craftsy blog tomorrow to celebrate Movember with a look at Craftsy’s lineup of talented male cake decorators!

What desserts are you preparing for Thanksgiving this year?

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