You might not think of cupcakes as a traditional Thanksgiving dish, but you can incorporate the traditional tastes of the holiday season into individual cakes that are tempting to everyone at your table.
1. CRUSTLESS PUMPKIN PIE CUPCAKES
Mel at Mel's Kitchen Cafe made cake that tastes like pumpkin pie should. Her Crustless Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes are softer than cake but firmer than pie. The icing is made from whipped cream, sour cream, and powdered sugar for the perfect complement.
2. CRANBERRY ORANGE CUPCAKES
Amy Hanten at The Cooking Mom gives us a fruity Thanksgiving treat in her Cranberry Orange Cupcakes. These aren't muffins, but real cake with cranberries all the way through. The frosting is made of cream cheese, garnished with sugar-frosted cranberries and edible glitter for extra holiday sparkle.
3. HOT COCOA CUPCAKES
Hot cocoa on a cold autumn evening gets an upgrade with these Hot Cocoa Cupcakes from I Bake You Bake. The cake recipe contains prepared hot cocoa as well as cocoa powder. The frosting also contains hot cocoa mix and a garnish of chocolate chips and marshmallows!
4. PUMPKIN EGGNOG CUPCAKES
Lizzy Mae Early at Your Cup of Cake has a cupcake that links the pumpkin taste of Thanksgiving with a hint of Christmas eggnog. Her recipe for Pumpkin Eggnog Cupcakes has pumpkin in the cake, cream cheese in the frosting, and eggnog in both! It's pretty simple, as you start with a prepared cake mix, but the finished product is totally decadent.
5. PECAN PIE CUPCAKES
Malinda at Life's Ambrosia altered a regular cupcake recipe with brown sugar and added pecans to make Pecan Pie Cupcakes. The real treat is the frosting, for which she made a pecan pie base using eggs, corn syrup, brown sugar, and butter, and then whipped it into a fluff and sprinkled pecans on top!
6. HARVEST CORN CUPCAKES
This is not so much a recipe but a decorating idea from Jelly Belly. Line up your favorite frosted cupcakes and top them with jelly beans in fall colors (and compatible flavors, if you please) inside layers of corn shucks made of phyllo dough. The Party Animal made these and posted photographs of all the steps.
7. TURKEY CUPCAKES
Lizzy Mae Early at Your Cup of Cake decorated her Thanksgiving cupcakes as turkeys with Reese's Pieces for the colorful plumage and made the turkey's heads from Hershey's Kisses. She'll show you how to do it this way, along with a couple of other turkey decoration techniques.
8. APPLE CIDER CUPCAKES
Apple cider is one of the tastiest treats of autumn, and a little cinnamon makes it holiday-special. Erika at Love & Custard developed a recipe for Apple Cider Cupcakes for her apple-loving husband. Cider is an ingredient in both the cake and the frosting, plus there's brown sugar and cinnamon in the cake and cream cheese in the frosting.
9. SWEET POTATO CUPCAKES
Kathleen Siegle at Yummy Crumble takes the sweetest side dish at your Thanksgiving table and puts it into a dessert, where it belongs. Her Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Maple Walnut Frosting come complete with a traditional toasted marshmallow on top!