Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Can you believe that next week is Thanksgiving? This year has not been an easy year but I’m thankful for what I’ve been through. It has been a time of reflection, putting my faith into God’s plan as the circumstances aren’t possible any other way, growth, and lots of changes. One day, I’ll be able to share more about my journey as I hope one day my story will help someone else in the same situation.

Homemade Cupcakes Thanksgiving

But as we near Thanksgiving, I want my kids to see that circumstances don’t define us and even though we have been through so much we still have so much to be thankful for this year. I’ve had health issues for several years and I am unable to work a traditional job. Without my blog, my income opportunities are very limited as my restrictions make me unemployable. I’m thankful that we have food in our bellies and a roof over our heads in a safe area.

Thanksgiving Cupcakes with Homemade Buttercream Icing

I’ve always dreamed of making cute cupcakes and cakes for the longest time. About 18 months ago, I decided to jump in feet first when my son asked me to make him a ninja turtle ice cream cake. It was the start of my baking addiction. As I am learning new techniques, I’ve been creating fun and easy cupcakes and sharing my designs with you. So without further ado, here are the cupcakes that I made for Thanksgiving. My boys were a bit disappointed that the brown icing wasn’t chocolate but soon they will get their wish.

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Easy Thanksgiving Cupcakes with Brown Buttercream Icing

Items Needed to Make These Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Cupcakes

How to Make Homemade Brown Buttercream Icing

How to Make Homemade Brown Buttercream Icing
Homemade Cupcakes Thanksgiving

Homemade Brown Buttercream Icing

How to make homemade brown buttercream icing for your cupcakes or to trim your cakes.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 minute
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • Mixer
  • Bowl
  • Toothpicks


  • 1 cup unsalted butter Don't use margerine.
  • 3 – 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 – 2 tsp clear vanilla flavoring
  • Wilton brown gel food coloring


  • Allow the butter to soften to room temperature.
  • Place butter into a mixing bowl. Use a mixer set on medium to beat it until the butter is light and fluffy. You want the butter to look smooth and fluffy.
  • Add clear vanilla and a small amount of Wilton orange gel food coloring using a toothpick or knife. You can add additional gel food coloring until you get your desired color.
  • Slowly mix in approximately 2.5 cups of powdered sugar and use your mixer on low speed until the ingredients come together. Don't increase the speed of your mixer until the powder sugar is mixed in well. If not you will have powdered sugar all over the place.
  • Taste test the icing to determine if you need to add more powdered sugar. Once the ingredients have come together, slowly add in remaining powder sugar and beat using medium-high with your mixer.
  • If your icing is still too thin, add a small amount of powdered sugar and continue mixing. Is your icing too thick? Slowly add in a tsp of milk until you get the desired consistency. 
  • Chill your buttercream icing in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. If you chill the icing overnight, you will need to slowly let it warm up until you can mix it with a spoon easily.
  • Add icing to the piping bag and pipe the icing on the cupcakes.
  • Enjoy!
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Make these quick and easy Thanksgiving cupcakes and wow your guests on Thanksgiving day. Homemade buttercream icing is super easy to make and it tastes so good compared to the junk you buy in the tub at the grocery store.

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Have you ever made Thanksgiving cupcakes with homemade buttercream icing?

15 thoughts on “Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Cupcakes”

  1. Yay! No I haven’t made Thanksgiving cupcakes before. I would normally make our cupcakes for like birthday occasions etc or like ‘just because’ days. But thanks for sharing this. I grabbed the recipe and will do it together with my two girls (vegan style).

  2. I’m glad that you are still able to find the good in life and be thankful for the blessings that you do have even with the hardships this year has presented you with. The cupcakes look scrumptious!

  3. These cupcakes look cute! I have to admit, I haven’t even planned out everything for Thanksgiving yet! We are pastafarians so for sure we will be having pasta of some kind!

  4. Cupcakes are always a big hit in our house. Thanks for the great recipe I’ll have to give it a try during the holidays. I am planning on making up some cupcake tins to give as gifts.


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