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Thanksgiving Turkey CAKE | Apple Cinnamon Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Kate and I hope you are enjoying today with loved ones and eating way to much food! In honor of the holiday, I decided to make a Thanksgiving Turkey Cake inspired by this one from Jenny Cookies. I used these recipes from Country Living for the Apple Cinnamon Layer Cake and Salted Caramel Frosting.  There was a tutorial for the brush stroke feathers from Baking with Blondie a few months ago, so I felt pretty confident this cake would be pretty easy to recreate.

There were a few changes on the cake recipe… we did not make candied pecans, since there was no use for them with the turkey theme. Mine is also a semi-naked cake, because I just really do not like icing, no matter how amazing it is. I went in with every intention of coating the whole cake, but just stopped and got to excited to add the feathers.

Steps to make this Thanksgiving Turkey Cake:

  • Bake a cake, see this yummy Apple Cinnamon Cake recipe for details on ingredients. I used 3-6″ rounds, but the recipe called for 3-9″ rounds. The extra batter made about 7 cupcakes
    • Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside
    • Combine the wet ingredients in a mixer on medium/high for about a minute
    • Slowly add the dry ingredients
    • Fold in your diced, peeled apple

I also decided that these Hearth and Hand Measuring cups, talked about in this post, make any baking pictures look 100x fancier and cooler.

  • Let the cake layers cool and wrap each layer in saran wrap, then place in the fridge/freezer to make frosting them easier
  • After a few hours/overnight, start making the frosting
  • The first half of the frosting recipe requires the stove and cooling the ingredients for about 30 minutes after, so while that cooled I made the feathers

Steps to make the Feathers:

  • Melt down candy melts in the colors of your choice, one color at a time
  • Using a plastic spoon and wax paper, pour some candy melt on the wax paper and brush it up to create a brush stroke (I recommend keeping the feathers thicker, so they do not break when placed into the cake)

  • Finish up the frosting
  • Decorate to your liking!

I liked a fuller feather look, so I used frosting as glue and toothpicks to stick feathers around the sides. I loved how the cake looked at this point, and contemplated leaving it like this! But knew I needed to add those extra details!

This cake was so delicious, without being overly sweet. My favorite kind! Especially for events like Thanksgiving, where you have already probably eaten 2309 calories in other sweet desserts. The chunks of apple throughout were also really nice. Cake is not traditional for Thanksgiving, however this would be a great alternative to an apple pie.

We are so grateful for this blog and growing this little community here. Thank you for being a part of it! Tell us all about your Thanksgiving in the comments!

 

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