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Cute and Easy Turkey Cakes


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This is a perfect cake for those who have always wanted to try fondant or only have limited experience with it and want to go beyond simply covering a cake. The techniques are explained on the beginner level, but more advanced decorators can still pick up some tips and tricks for making this adorable little cake. The Mini Turkeys in particular are perfect for holiday bake sales, to give as gifts, or to bring to your family feast. Once you know the basics, you can vary them to give them cheeky expressions or even personalize them to suit your family. Style the comb into a hairdo to match your aunt, make the eyes crossed for your crazy uncle, add a pair of tiny knitting needles under the wing for Grandma, or make it in pastel shades to celebrate a new baby. I made a rainbow one (see ) and plan to make some other special ones soon. In fact, there's no reason you couldn't extend these instructions out to make other kinds of birds too! Roll out some blue and green balls together and feather the edges for a peacock, or cover in white feathers and skip the snood to make a Gonzo-style chicken. Imagine how great you'll feel when other folks come to the bake sale or holiday table with store-bought cupcakes and you show up with a half dozen of these beauties! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Bake a cake from a box mix Spread buttercream icing (preferably homemade) on a cake Basic playdough skills like rolling a snake or ball

Supplies Needed

  • Cake recipe or box mix
  • About 2/3 cup of buttercream (for a single small cake)
  • Fondant (9 oz brown, 4.5 oz orange, 1.5" ball of red and of yellow, 1" ball white, tiny amount of black) for a single small cake

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Kimberly Chapman is a multiple prize winner at cake shows around Texas, including first place awards, and has won international awards as well. She has done demonstrations and taught classes on various sugar arts subjects to folks ranging from small children and adult beginners through to leading cake celebrities. She blogs her edible media experiments at in between other crafts (such as knitting), authoring novels (see for her latest), community volunteering, and being a mom.