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Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes – white cupcakes with a classic buttercream are topped with an edible pilgrim hat – the perfect Thanksgiving cupcakes!

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes - white cupcakes with a classic buttercream are topped with an edible pilgrim hat - the perfect Thanksgiving cupcakes!

Being that this week is Thanksgiving, I thought I would get my act together and actually put together some Thanksgiving treats!!  And I totally wish I came up with this idea, because I think these Thanksgiving cupcakes are the cutest things.  But alas, I didn’t come up with it.  I actually saw some cupcakes decorated like this when I went on a “back of the store” tour for a local grocery store (post on that to come!!)  When I saw them, I immediately thought – I’m totally stealing that idea!!  Then I got home and as I was blog hopping, I saw similar cupcakes at Our Best Bites and Hoosier Homemade.  But just because they’ve been done before doesn’t mean that they can’t be done again!!  And Abbi’s favorite part?

Eating the sprinkles!

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes - white cupcakes with a classic buttercream are topped with an edible pilgrim hat - the perfect Thanksgiving cupcakes!

These Thanksgiving cupcakes would be a great activity for the kids to put together on Thanksgiving.  And I’m sure everyone will have fun eating them!!

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes - a fun cupcake for Thanksgiving!

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Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes
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White cupcakes with a classic buttercream are topped with an edible pilgrim hat - the perfect Thanksgiving cupcakes.
Serves: 24 cupcakes
  • 1 (18.25 oz.) package white cake mix with pudding
  • 1¼ cups buttermilk
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
Pilgrim Hats
  • Thanksgiving/Fall sprinkles (optional)
  • 24 Fudge Stripe Cookies
  • 24 Mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped
Make the cupcakes:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Line 24 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer, combine all of the cupcake ingredients and mix on low until combined. Turn the speed up to medium and beat for 2 minutes.
  3. Fill each cupcake liner ⅔ full of batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Make the buttercream:
  1. With a mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla. Add in the powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time. Beat for 2-3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add in the milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.
Assemble the cupcakes:
  1. Reserve about ½ cup of the buttercream. Place the remaining buttercream in a piping bag fitted with a decorative tip. Pipe the buttercream onto the cooled cupcakes, then add sprinkles, if desired.
  2. Tint the reserved buttercream orange or yellow. Place in a piping bag fitted with a small round tip. Place a peanut butter cup upside down on the bottom (chocolate) side of each of the fudge striped cookies. Pipe the frosting around the base of the peanut butter cup to hold it in place. Pipe a buckle on the peanut butter cup.
  3. Place one cookie hat on top of each cupcake.
cupcake recipe from Southern Living


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28 Responses to Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes

  1. Barbara says:

    How fun are those? And so easy to make, too!
    I'm sure they were pleased you stole their idea. I'm going to steal it too!

  2. Megan says:

    How cute and a great cupcake to let the kids help.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) says:

    These are super adorable, Deborah. You are so creative with cupcakes, cakes and all manner of desserts! Way to go! I hope you and your family have a wonderful and very happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Keersten says:

    Oh my goodness, those are darling! You could even let the kids help assemble them. Thanks!

  5. Joanne says:

    These are awesome! I almost forget the true meaning of Thanksgiving with all of the thoughts about food at this time of year but thanks for reminding me what we are REALLY celebrating!

  6. Kim says:

    Abbi is so precious. Love the pic of her shoveling the sprinkles in 🙂

    I'm loving the look of these cupcakes and wish I could go in the kitchen and whip them up right now. My daughter would love them, but my 4 year old is allergic to peanut butter.

  7. Katie Rose says:

    Super cute idea! I'm going to have to buy a lot of extra pb cups though, I think some might get…damaged yeah that's it, during assembly 😉

  8. Ingrid says:

    Your babygirl is too cute!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Veeda says:

    so cute!

  10. Dawn says:

    So simple and so cute! Can't wait to make these and bring into work to share.

  11. Kristy says:

    Those are so cute! Love them!

  12. teresa says:

    eeeeeh, sheer adorability! love this!

  13. scarlettabakes says:

    These are absolutely, positively adorable!

    I can not wait to make them. Thanks so much for the recipe, and for the gorgeous photographs!

  14. Tessa says:

    I love these and your idea to make them the day of with the kiddo's is perfect. Thanks for the idea!

  15. Julie says:

    So cute! If I didn't have to work on T-day I'd be making these! Your little one is too sweet 🙂

  16. vanillasugar says:

    oh deb those are cute. love them!

  17. Tasha says:

    These are just too cute! I'm wishing I had a place to bring Thanksgiving cupcakes to.

  18. Madison Marie says:

    What a cute idea! I wish I'd seen it earlier so I could have brought them into my kindergartners!

  19. Monet says:

    Not only are these cupcakes precious, but sweet Abbi made me melt too! These look like such a fun holiday treat. Thank you for sharing with me…I hope you have a wonderful week of feasting, friends and family!

  20. Holly says:

    I love these!! Sooo cute:)

  21. grace says:

    GEEZ, why can't i be creative like that? those little hats are brilliants, and so doable. sigh. 🙂

  22. Amy @ www.rockpaperscissorsinvitations.com says:

    Those are so cute-you could even make them personalized for everyone!

  23. valerie marinez says:

    The top hat part was done with Mini Reese’s?? I am making these right now and they look very small for the hat part.

    • Deborah says:

      It is one of the regular mini Reese’s – the ones that you have to unwrap, not the ones that come in the bag unwrapped. Hope that helps!

  24. Nicole says:

    I am very excited to make these for Thanksgiving. I will be getting started here in an hour or so. It all looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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