October 24, 2017

Thanksgiving Turkey Cake (Fun for Kids)


As adults, we all covet our Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Pie and Dutch Apple Pie, but do the children enjoy those traditional choices as much as we do?

I know when our children were young, they would always pass on the Pumpkin, and just ask for ice cream with a side of whip cream. ๐Ÿ™‚

Why not try something new this year with this adorable Thanksgiving Turkey Cake?

The best thing about this Turkey Cake is that it’s so easy, and the children will have a blast decorating it. I always want to encourage kids in the kitchen and this recipe could become a new Thanksgiving Day tradition that enables them to “help” in the kitchen, and feel a sense of comradery, without “getting in the way.”

The beauty of this recipe is in the decorating of the turkey, there’s no
real recipe. Yes, I am going to admit that it’s ease is in using a box cake mix (that we get free with coupons, of course), and store bought frosting. (Shhh, don’t tell. The kids really don’t care.)

My friend, Bonnie, introduced me to the cute idea of using a bundt cake pan as the base of the body. Make box mix as directed, and let cool. Frost the cake with chocolate frosting and use Twinkies as the feathers, frosting those as well with white frosting for contrast. Fill the whole of the cake with a frosted cupcake to simulate the head (or use a cut up Twinkie). The Tootsie Rolls, along with Peanut Butter M&M’sย  adorn the top of the legs. Isn’t she so creative?

Give this Turkey cake a try this week. Your young (and young at heart) guests will thank you.

Another fun, kids can help, recipe on the appetizer side is this Turkey Cheese ball. If you want a really fun Thanksgiving appetizer, try some of these Best Cheese ball Recipes ever. They whip up in minutes.

Do you add in any special recipes just for the kids??

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I can’t wait to see what you are all whipping up this week for Thanksgiving. I know it’s going to be a huge week of holiday food inspiration. Please remember to link back directly to your recipe link, and not your blog. Please refrain from linking to your food carnivals or other various posts. We keep this for recipe and kitchen tip inspiration.



  1. Those are such cute ideas! I’ll have to remember the turkey cake for class parties at school!


  2. Hi Jen! I’m adding a new recipe i just tried from Southern Living, Shrimp & Grits dressing. It’s really yummy, I would definitely make it again. Hope you & yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving! xoxo


  3. Love the turkey cheeseball! How cute it that? Pinned it of course. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. that turkey cheeseball really is cute. I don’t make anything special just for the kids, but my kids devour pumpkin pie…just like their mother.

    Thanks for the link up. I submitted a Thanksgiving themed round up: http://www.familybalancesheet.org/2011/11/30-thanksgiving-meal-ideas-to-feast-on.html


  5. I shared a recipe today for Pumpkin Cookies that are great with chocolate chips, raisins, Craisins, etc. added in. The post contains 2 recipes. Recipe 1: Whole Wheat Flour, free of dairy, egg, soy, peanut/nuts. Recipe 2: Free of gluten, dairy, egg, soy, corn, peanut/nuts. They were both really delicious! Thank you for hosting! I hope your readers enjoy these recipes.


  6. What a wonderful turkey cake, and I like the cheese ball too! Thank you for sharing them, and for hosting. I’ve shared my homemade slice and bake chocolate chip cookie recipe. They are make ahead and mean you are never more than a few minutes away from hot, fresh cookies. Happy Thanksgiving!


  7. The turkey cake looks adorable, and of course so perfect for this time of year. Glad to see someone else admits to using cake mix. Most of the time, I do since they make cooking easier and quicker. Thanks for hosting the party and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.


  8. Cute turkey cake!!!! We really haven’t done anything special for the kids…they really LOVE pumpkin pie anyway! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


  9. Thank u for sharing!


  10. Thanks so much for having me today.

    Blessings and best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving!

    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me.


  11. The cake is so cute. Great recipes. I brought Cranberry-Pineapple Salad. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


  12. That is such a cute turkey LOL



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