Circus/Carnival Cupcakes

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cupcakesThe circus/carnival party I had was a great success and I wanted to share the cute cupcakes that I made for it. For more details about the party head over here. Below, learn about how to make carousel horse cupcakes and clown cupcakes.

Carousel Cupcakes – Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting



After I found this cool cupcake carousel stand I couldn’t pass up making some cupcakes to go in it. To make the cupcakes look even more like they belonged on a carousel, I wanted to add some carousel horses to them. I found these really cute carousel horse cutouts for paper straws and I cut the straws in half so they could be cupcake toppers.


For the cake on these I used this delicious Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate cake recipe. The batter was incredibly runny and they didn’t rise very much, but they were moist and tasty. I only made a half batch for this party and shared my buttercream with the clown cupcakes below. If you make a full batch, use the frosting recipe below.

Make a batch of Quick Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, but instead of the vanilla substitute peppermint extract. The peppermint goes so well with chocolate!

You’ll also be using this frosting for the clown cupcakes.

Ferris Wheel Clown Cupcakes – Orangesicle Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting




I loved this cupcake ferris wheel just as much as the carousel cupcake stand. The cupcake holder doesn’t allow for much decoration on top so I kept the clown cupcakes simple by squiggling a ruffled “clown collar” on top and then placing them into the ferris wheel seats. Then I put these great retro-looking clown cupcake picks on top of each one.


For the cake, I used Pillsbury’s Orangesicle boxed cake mix. The cupcakes turned out pretty good. They had a nice light orange flavor that went great with the vanilla frosting recipe I linked to above. They tasted like a cake version of an orangesicle ice cream bar. For these cupcakes, make the frosting recipe as directed.

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