Clown Cupcakes


The kids will be begging you to send in the clowns when you create these adorable birthday cupcakes.

You’ll Need

  • 12 cupcakes, any flavour (light in colour works best)
  • 2 cups white icing
  • 1 cup blue-tinted icing
  • 1 cup red-tinted icing
  • Small round multi-coloured sprinkles (for the tops of the hats)
  • Long yellow sprinkles (for the eyes)
  • Large round piping tip
  • #10 piping tip
  • Piping bags

Prep and Cook

  • Set the cupcakes out on a large work surface.
  • Score a small circle in the centre of each cupcake. Cut a cone shape from the cupcake by inserting the knife at an angle as you go around the circle. Remove the cone from the centre of the cupcake.
  • Using a large round tip placed inside a piping bag (or alternatively a large Ziploc bag with a hole cut in one corner), pipe icing into the cavity of the cupcake and continue over the cupcake to make a head shape.
  • Place a small dollop of icing on the top of the cones and cover it in sprinkles. This is the clown hat. Set aside.
  • Fill two piping bags with the red and blue icing. Fit each with a #10 tip (or alternatively use small Ziploc bags and cut a small hole in one corner) and pipe blue and red dots around the ‘clown head’ to make a ruffled collar.
  • Place the hats on the clown head, pipe a small red dot for the nose and insert the yellow sprinkles for the eyes.
  • To make the Big Top cupcake, place one cupcake minus the clown hat and face decorations in the centre of your cake stand. Make a paper cocktail umbrella using red and white striped paper and insert into the cupcake. Add a flag to the top if desired.


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