Make the frosting: In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.
If too thin, add more sugar to make it stiff enough to pipe into swirls ( I use the open star french tip). I also kept mine in the fridge for about 10 minutes to stiffen up a little. Sprinkle with sugar decor or a touch of cinnamon powder.
Decorating your Thanksgiving cupcakes couldn't be easier: I used baking cups from BirdsParty.fr and cute printable toppers from our FREE Thanksgiving Printable Kit.
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