#20 Marshmallow Turkey Cupcakes

Well it's that time again to create another cupcake masterpiece for the ms cupcake club and this month was the oh so cute marshmallow turkey. At first I was a little skeptical, I saw that it needed the Swiss meringue buttercream and I cringed a little. Since my disaster with the 7 min. frosting last month I was expecting another flop, but to my surprise it was extremely easy and very tasty too. It reminded me of marshmallow fluff, but without the sticky mess. The hardest item to find for these were the coconut marshmallows, which after endless searching were finally located at Walmart. So here's my take on Martha's turkeys.

Chocolate Cupcakes (pg. 152 in MS cupcake book)
This was the first time I've actually used buttermilk usually I substituted sour cream for it, but I think the buttermilk really makes a difference. They were very moist.

The Goods
1 1/2cups flour
3/4cup unsweetened dutch-process coca powder
1 1/2cups sugar
1 1/2teaspoons baking soda
3/4teaspoon baking powder
3/4teaspoon salt
2lg eggs
3/4cup buttermilk
3tablespoons veg. oil
1teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4cup warm water

The How To
Preheat oven to 350degrees. With an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

I got all the ingredients together and pre-sifted before I put it in the mixer
Reduce speed to low. Add eggs. buttermilk, oil, extract, and water; beat until smooth and combined.

FYI this is not a super thick batter
Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each about two-thirds full.

Bake, rotating halfway through, until a tooth pick inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20mins. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool 10ins; remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely.

Look at that dome action!!!
After the cupcakes are cooled start on the Swiss Meringue Buttercream (pg. 304). I actually made mine the night before just in case the frosting didn't turn out I would have time to come up with something else.

The Goods
5lg eggs whites
1cup plus 2tablespoons sugar
Pinch of salt
1lb unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons, room temp
1 1/2teaspoons vanilla extract
4 1/2 oz semisweet chocolate-melted and cooled

The How To
Combine egg whites, sugar, and slat in the heatproof bowl of a standing mixer set over a pan of simmering water.

Before I boiled the water I took the bowl from the mixer and figured out how much water I needed so the water wasn't touching the bowl
And here is my double boiler
Whisk constantly by hand until mixture is warm to the touch and sugar has dissolved (the mixture should feel completely smooth when rubbed between your fingertips.)

Whisking my little heart out.
Take the bowl and attach it onto the mixer fitted with the whisking attachment. Starting on low and gradually increasing to medium-high speed, whisk until stiff peaks form.

unfortunately the mixer was moving way to fast for my camera :(
Continue mixing until the mixture is fluffy and glossy, and completely cool (test by touching the bottom of the bowl) about 10mins.

With the mixer on medium-low speed, add the butter a few tablespoons at a time, mixing well after each addition.

I had my trusty butter added on hand. As you can see he takes his job very seriously!!
Once all the butter has been added, whisk in vanilla. Switch to the paddle attachment, and continue beating on low speed until all air bubbles are eliminated, about 2mins. If needed scrape down sides with a spatula and keep beating until frosting is completely smooth.

Taste tester approved!!
Since I made mine the night before and I totally forgot to add the chocolate I brought the frosting to room temp and mixed it on low speed with the paddle attachment for about 5mins. Then I melted the chocolate (while the frosting was fluffing) and then added the chocolate to the frosting with a flexible spatula after the chocolate has had time to reach room temp.

Now that you have the major parts of the project ready you will need to make 12oz of toasted sweetened coconut. Preheat oven to 350. Spread coconut evenly onto a rimmed cookie sheet. Toast and stir occasionally until it starts to turn brown about 10mins.

Not realizing that I only needed 12oz, I ended up toasting the whole bag.
Good thing I like coconut!!!
Now while your coconut is cooling frost up the cupcakes. I did a couple at a time.

This was the closest thing I could find to a all brown cupcake liner.
Get all your decorating stuff together. You will need 24 coconut marshmallows, long chocolate sprinkles, 1lb gummy fish I found large and small ones and toothpicks.

I found my fish in the bulk section of Haggens.
Get yourself situated and grab a little glass of water ( I used a shot glass) and take the wet toothpick and poke 2 holes in the marshmallow to make room for the long sprinkles which will become the turkey's eyes.

Cut up some orange gummy fish (this is where I used the small fish) in half or in my case cut off just the tails and push half the gummy into each marshmallow for a beak. I found it easiest to take the toothpick and make a whole before inserting the gummy.

Now that you have your turkey heads ready insert a tooth into the marshmallow, this will keep it from falling off the cupcake. Now press marshmallow heads onto cupcake.

Take 5 gummy fish and press them into each cupcake to make tail feathers. I used the larger gummy fish for this also cutting the tails off so this only took 3 gummy fish per cupcake. I then took the left over fish tails and gave poor little turkey wings.

much better with wings
 Sprinkle toasted coconut over naked turkeys until completely covered.

And there you have it!!! Decorated cupcakes can be stored up to 1 day at room temp in airtight containers.

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  1. Congratulations on being the first to post! Your cupcakes look adorable. I'm so glad you could find the coconut marshmallows!

  2. Adorable and I love the wings too!

  3. Oh those are so cute! I'm sad I didn't get to make them for Canadian Thanksgiving. Somehow I think people would have given me weird looks if I made them now. Mine were pretty tastey anyway.

  4. ohhh so it is possible for these to turn out ;) they look cute!

  5. These look sooo good! I especially love your detailed instructions and step-by-step photos. Great blog; good luck getting to 101!