Sometimes a big cake is just too much after a delicious Thanksgiving meal. If you’re looking for a smaller, more personalized option, try making a Mini Turkey Thanksgiving Cake for your guests. Each mini cake serves one person, so these Thanksgiving treats could be desserts or party favors if you’re hosting this year. Made using the Mini Ball Pan, one batch can make up to 12 mini turkeys, so this is still a manageable project if you’re looking for easy Thanksgiving desserts for a larger crowd.
In advance: Make cookies. Prepare and roll out dough; cut tail feathers using daisy cutter. Cut off 3 petals to make a flat edge. Place on cookie sheet and sprinkle with colored sugars. Cut head using pattern. Bake and cool cookies.
Also: Use melted candy to attach lollipop stick to back of head cookie, leaving 2 in. extended to insert into cake; let set.
Bake and cool mini cakes; cut in half. Insert heads. Pipe tip 5 dot eyes, tip 3 dot pupils. Using tip 3, outline and fill in beak (pat smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Cover head and body with tip 16 stars. Add tip 16 pull-out wings. Attach tail feathers with icing. Pipe tip 5 red wattle.
Combine Brown with Red-Red for brown shown. Combine Golden Yellow with Lemon Yellow for yellow shown.
Perfect for classic borders or cloudlike decorations, dots are a versatile technique that can be piped in a range of sizes. The dot technique can be used as a simple border for cakes and cookies, as well as for icing cupcakes or piping meringues.
One of the most popular techniques, stars come in a range of sizes and styles. Experiment with open and closed stars for variation in look. The star technique is timeless and can be used as a classic border or as a stunning fill-in for the top of a dessert.