Yesterday I teased you all a little with a preview on how to make these adorable turkey cake balls.
So here is part 2 of the process on making them.
You will need:
Milk and white chocolate coating, red and orange candy melts, black frosting color, and a paint brush.
Begin by making your cake balls as usual, except only use milk chocolate coating. Need the recipe for cake balls? Find it here.
Once you have coated all your cake balls, instead of saving, or discarding your remaining coating, add a couple chunks of white chocolate coating to it as well.
Then melt that all together to make a light brown
Go ahead and put this in a squeeze bottle and set aside.
Now using a sharp knife trim all of the excess coating off of your soon to be turkeys
Once you have done this to every one, you are ready to start making their faces. Begin with the light brown that you just made, and turning the cake ball so that while leaving the bottom on the bottom, you have the flattest side facing away from you. Now draw an oval with your light brown. This will be your turkey’s face:
See face on rounded side.
Do this step with all of your balls first. It is easier to do each step with every ball vs having to keep re melting your chocolate….
Next grab your orange, melt it and you are ready to make their beaks. All you have to do is find a spot on the center of their faces, and slowly pulling outward while very slightly squeezing your bottle add the orange to their faces. Doing it this way will give you a nice beak shape.
Repeat for all of your turkeys
Now grab your red, melt it and you are ready to make their wattles- the little red thing that’s on their chins.
Add the wattles below the beak, in an upside down hear type of pattern:
And you guessed it, repeat for all:
Your turkey army is starting to come together.
For the eyes, it’s super simple. Using your paint brush- the finer the tip, the better, dip it in the frosting color and add a dot above their beaks, one on each side:
And once again repeat for all:
Finally you are ready to add some tails to your turkeys. Don’t have the tails made? Then check out turkey cake balls, part 1.
Ok now that you have all of your tails made, you are ready to attach them to your turkeys. Using that same light brown, you can us it as glue in one of two ways. Either add it to the back of the turkey:
Or add it right to the bottom of the feathers:
You want your feathers to be bumpy side facing forward. It makes them look more like real feathers that way.
To get the feathers to stick, if your turkey is really flat on his back, you can lay him on his feathers till he dries:
Or you can stand him straight up, with his feathers pressed up against something flat, like the wall.
Once you are done, don’t throw those leftover feathers away! They can me used to add to your turkey display.
And that’s it. Turkey cake balls!
Note: The best way to travel with these is to put them in a square or rectangular metal cake pan like this:
By staggering them like this they are less likely to break while in transport.
And that’s it! A super cute Thanksgiving treat that is fun for all ages. These are sure to be a huge hit. While they are really time consuming they are a great addition to any Thanksgiving dessert table.
Do you have a favorite turkey themed dessert that you make? Share below. It’d be great to see what turkey inspired ideas you all have!
Until next time,