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5 from 1 vote

Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Everyone expects to see cranberry sauce and turkey at the Thanksgiving meal, but won’t they be surprised to find it back on the table for dessert?
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: maple buttercream frosting, Thanksgiving cupcakes, turkey and cranberry cupcakes
Servings: 18 cupcakes
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Stef


Cupcake Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 18 thinly sliced pieces of turkey

Maple Buttercream Frosting Ingredients*

  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar sifted
  • ¼ cup maple syrup


Cupcake Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl.
  • Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  • Beat eggs, yogurt, and vanilla into the butter/sugar mixture until blended.
  • Mix in cranberry sauce.
  • Fold in flour mixture until just combined.
  • Fold in dried cranberries
  • Place one slice of turkey in each well of the cupcake tin. Often, turkey slices will have small holes in them; make sure that any holes in the slices are not at the bottom or sides of the cupcake tin.
  • Spoon batter into the turkey, as shown in the photo.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. If you put this recipe into a normal cupcake liner sans turkey, it will bake in about 30 minutes.

Maple Buttercream Frosting Instructions

  • Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in maple syrup


*Depending on how fat a swirl you want on your cupcakes, you may need to double the frosting recipe.


Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 104mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.9mg