Thanksgiving Turkey Cake Balls

 Your kids will love making them and love eating them! This Thanksgiving, make Thanksgiving Turkey Cake Balls as a special dessert for the little ones at your Thanksgiving celebration! Older children can help to decorate these cute little turkeys, while the younger children can take part in helping to bake and form the dough! Make something different this year to surprise all the children and the ‘children at heart’!

We made these for the first time last year and Big Brother loved was so proud that we was able to help in the process, but he was even more excited to share them with family at our Thanksgiving celebration! So gather the little ‘turkeys’ around your home and let them help make a sweet turkey treat that will make everyone smile this Thanksgiving! 


  • boxed cake mix
  • container of icing
  • brown candy disks or milk chocolate chips
  • heart shaped confetti candies
  • mini chocolate chips
  • orange candy coated chips
  • Candy Corn
  • Milk Duds


1. Begin by making your Cake Balls (click the link and follow direction #1). Cake Balls are the same as making Cake Pops just minus the stick.

2. Melt your brown candy disks or milk chocolate chips in a double broiler or in a small bowl in the microwave. Be very careful when melting chocolate in the microwave not to overcook the chocolate! Microwave for 30 sec, remove and stir, then repeat until the chocolate is melted.

3. When your cake balls are frozen, remove them from the freezer and roll them in your hands to smooth out any bumps. Place them on a spoon and lightly drop them into the chocolate, roll them around, then remove them with the spoon and place on wax paper to set. Touch up any bumps before the chocolate sets! (Continue with each cake ball.)

4. When the chocolate is set on the cake ball, use a toothpick to apply a small amount of the melted chocolate to the back of the Milk Dud and stick it on the cake ball for the turkey’s head. Hold in place until the chocolate sets (about a min.).

5. Stick the candy corn INTO the chocolate covered cake ball in the back to create turkey feathers. (Note: I tried using the chocolate to set them into place but they were too heavy.) If it cracks, you can go back with melted chocolate later and clean up the cracks; easy to repair!

6. Finally, using the toothpick again, dab a small amount of melted chocolate on the mini chocolate chips for the turkey’s eyes. Use the orange candy coated chip for the nose, and the candy confetti heart upside down for the gobble!

7. Allow them to set, place them in a freezer tight storage container and set aside until your Thanksgiving celebration! Cake balls are great to make ahead as they stay fresh for about one week!


Inspiration from: Bakerella’s Cake Pop Book


  1. Those are adorable!!!! I love the cute little faces!!!

  2. Cute, cute. What a cleve idea! My granddaughters would love these. Drop by my kitchen and leave a cookie recipe for our Holiday Cookie Exchange.

  3. This not only looks great but it sounds delicious! I am so going to give these a try for my Thanksgiving meal. Thanks so much for sharing your recipies and ideas!

  4. These are so cute, and I think I might actually be able to make them myself. Thank you for sharing!

  5. These turkeys are too cute!


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