What does everyone look forward to on Thanksgiving? The turkey of course! How would you like to serve up 2 this year, one for dinner and the second for dessert. We created this turkey from a cake mix and Rice Krispy Treats.
1 Chocolate cake mix + oil and eggs per directions
6c Rice Krispy Cereal
10 oz Marshmallows
3 Tb Butter
Use whatever cake mix you like or make one from scratch. All that matters is the shape you bake it into. While you could use 2 round pieces and carve them, it is easier and you waste less cake to just start off with a dome shape from the very beginning. I used the pan that came with my Barbie Doll cake set. I did have to trim the top a bit but save those pieces for later. If you want a filling that is not a problem, just slice the cake in half and put in frosting or the filling of your choice. You can even use a bunt cake and fill the hollow with more frosting. Another option is the Pampered Chef measuring bowl that is oven safe. There you plan on placing the drumsticks, you need to carve off a little cake to make it flat. The toothpicks will hold it on, but it looks more natural is you do a little trimming. you will also need to carve a little from the cavity area. Since you will be piling stuffing there, it won’t need to be perfect but it will make it look more natural once again.
Meanwhile, make a batch of Rice Krispy Treats per the directions. You have two ways to go here. I smoothed them into a pan and then cut out the turkey legs, but they ended up very flat. Next time I am going to mold them instead so they look a bit more realistic. I wanted thick drumsticks so I did not use the regular sized pan but an 8 inch square pan. The ricks is that you must work fast when molding the treats. Personally, I always reduce the cereal by a cup so that it is stickier. DOn’t be afraid to really squeeze the treats together. If they are a bit too hot for your hands, slip sandwich bags on and it will help keep the marshmallow off your fingers. Once they are ready, use toothpicks to attach to the body of your bird.
I wanted the turnkey to look roasted and that color was a little hard to get. I went with a basic white frosting and added cocoa till it got a color we liked. Frost the cake first and then the side of the drumstick that you are going to attach. I used a couple toothpicks to make sure it would stay in place. After they are attached, frost the rest of the drumstick.
DRESSING: Using the pieces of cake that were carved off earlier, cut them into cube shapes and place between the legs. A little frosting will hold it in place.
One thing that they don’t tell you on all the cake decorating shows today, is the the Rice Krispies will get soggy after several days so be sure to eat those quickly. Otherwise, it was a simple cake to make and lots of fun.