First of all, I would like to start off this post with a disclaimer: In no way do I claim to be an experienced or professional cake decorator! I am perfectly happy with the title of "Fun Mom" and the squeals of delight from my kids when they see my creations.:) As a healthy blogging Mom, I feel that my kids should enjoy fun and delicious treats in moderation. After all, that's part of the fun of being a kid!! I baked these treats for my daughter's spelling carnival at school. I get most of my cake and cupcake ideas from local bakeries and online at websites like Taste of Home (where I got the basic idea for this cupcake) and Family Fun. There are so many great websites for cool and crazy baking ideas for kids. These cupcakes were fun to make and my kids loved "painting" the sugar ice cream cones with colored frosting.
Carnival Clown Cupcakes
24 cupcakes (your favorite flavor and favorite recipe)
3 cans vanilla frosting (or a double batch homemade vanilla buttercream)
Yellow, blue, red and green food coloring gel or liquid (There are natural food dyes available. India Tree is a brand that I have found @ Whole Foods)
M&M candies (I just used the red ones)
small candy eyes
baking cups (I used red and yellow)
container ice cream sprinkles
Prepare 4 bowls of frosting using one and half cans frosting or about 1/2 cup buttercream in each bowl. Add enough food color gel, in each bowl, to achieve a rich color and stir. Pour sprinkles in a small bowl and set aside. Using a knife or pastry brush, coat each sugar cone with icing and smooth out with finger. Put a dollop of icing on the end and dip the end into the sprinkles. You will end up with 6 cones of each color. Set aside and allow to thoroughly dry.
After cupcakes are completely cooled, frost and add eyes, a red M&M nose and (using some of the red icing from frosting the cones) draw a small mouth.
Place the leftover icing in a quart size ziploc bag and snip off the end. Pipe icing around the bottom rim of the sugar cone.
Place "hat" on the cupcake and lightly press into the frosting. Decorate with remaining frosting using your favorite tip (I used the small star tip on the hats).
*Helpful hint: Assemble the cupcakes the same day that you plan on serving them. If the cones get soft, they tend to crack. You can decorate the faces and the cones the day before serving and place the "hats" on as the last step. This way, they stay perfect! Enjoy~
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