What You Need
1. Bake the Cake
Mix a batch of your favorite cake batter and divide it between a cake tin and glass bowl. Bake and cool, level the cakes, and stack them together with chocolate frosting so the rounded cake from the glass bowl is on top.
2. Frost and Feather
Once you’ve got the bod made, it’s time to frost it. Cover the cake with chocolate frosting and, using the back of a spoon, make a frosting feather pattern around the whole cake. This takes a bit of time and patience, but the awesome turkey texture is so worth it.
3. Decorate the Cookie Head
Fortunately, Stella D’oro Breakfast Treats cookies look exactly like little turkey necks and heads. (And if you haven’t noticed this before, you won’t be able to see them any other way now).
Fill a small piping bag and use the frosting to secure the turkey’s features to the cookie as shown. Make the wattle by cutting a squiggly shape of orange fruit leather and fasten it above his candy corn beak.
Use white frosting to secure a brown mini M&M for the turkey’s eye, then stick the cookie onto the front of your cake.
4. Add His Tail
No turkey is complete without his big, colorful tail feathers. To make them, melt orange, yellow and brown candy melts. Then, using a small pastry brush or food-safe paint brush, paint one side of lemon leaves. Stick ‘em in the fridge.
Once the melts are solid, gently peel off the lemon leaves, leaving behind colorful (and delicious) turkey feathers. Stick them into the cake body — brown feathers in the back, then orange, then yellow in the front.