Thanksgiving Mashed Potato Cupcakes

Thanksgiving Mashed Potato Cupcakes


Have a little fun this Thanksgiving with cupcakes (yes, dessert cupcakes!) starring as your favorite Thanksgiving dishes!

Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes with a little gravy and butter? Yum! These are cute, festive, and are sure to be a hit with everyone! Don’t they look like a cute little bowl of your favorite potatoes? Don’t be fooled, these are totally dessert!


Thanksgiving Mashed Potato Cupcakes

Thanksgiving Mashed Potato Cupcakes


  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk (milk + 1 tsp. vinegar)
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ sticks butter, softened
  • 4 ½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Store bought fondant or Marshmallow Fondant
  • Yellow Food Coloring
  • Caramel Topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a muffin tin with liners. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  4. Add the vinegar into the milk and let sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Using a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar.
  6. Add in the eggs and buttermilk.
  7. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  8. Fill the cupcake liners ¾ full with the batter and bake for 19-20 minutes.
  9. Let the cupcakes completely cool.
  10. Prepare the frosting by beating together the butter, powdered sugar, and shortening. Beat together for 2-3 minutes.
  11. Add in the vanilla extract.
  12. Using a decorating bag, frost the cupcakes. Do not frost them too high.
  13. Using a paper towel pat the frosting down so it resembles mashed potatoes.
  14. Using a back of the spoon, make a dent in the mashed potatoes.
  15. Fill in the dent with caramel topping.
  16. Using either store-bought fondant or marshmallow fondant, add in the yellow food coloring.
  17. Using a knife or a pastry knife, cut out a rectangle to resemble butter.

Check back because as I post each recipe (this one plus green beans, corn, and sweet potatoes), I’ll make sure to update each post with the links to the others so you can make a fun display of “side dishes” for your family dinner!

Check out the other recipes in this series!

Thanksgiving Green Bean CupcakesThanksgiving Corn Cupcakes

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As the owner of Moments With Mandi, Mandi blogs about parenting, working from home, and everything in between. You can also find her working as the Community Manager at


  1. says

    Hi Mandi, I love this it is so adorable and perfect for the holidays! I saw it on best of the weekend party. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Julie at

  2. says

    Mandi, I am totally in love with your cupcakes!!! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning and sharing! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving!


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