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carnival clown cupcakes

Carnival Clown Cupcakes

Cupcakes whimsically decorated to look like carnival clowns.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Author Amee


  • 24 cupcakes your favorite flavor and favorite recipe
  • 24 sugar cones
  • 3 cans vanilla frosting or a double batch homemade vanilla buttercream
  • Yellow blue, red and green food coloring gel or liquid
  • 24 red M&M candies
  • 48 small candy eyes
  • 24 baking cups
  • container ice cream sprinkles


  • Prepare 4 bowls of frosting using one and half cans frosting (or about ½ cup buttercream) in each bowl. Add enough food color gel in each bowl to achieve a rich color and stir.
  • Pour sprinkles into 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 tip end of each cone 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 cool, 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 remaining icing in a quart size ziploc bag and snip off one corner.  Pipe icing around the bottom rim of each sugar cone.
  • Place “hat” on the cupcake and lightly press into the frosting.  Decorate with remaining frosting using your favorite tip


*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!