Happy Clown Cake
Taking a cue from Barbara's happy-go-lucky birthday set, our Crafting Traditions home economists sent in their own sweet clownin the form of a fun-filled cake children of all ages will find irresistible! While this animated treat is sure to bring about youthful grins, it'll also give Mom something to smile about. How's that? Cake mix, coconut, food coloring, purchased frosting and assorted c
16-20 ServingsPrep: 1 hour Bake: 30 min. + cooling
- 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
- 1 cup flaked coconut, divided
- Yellow, blue, green and red food coloring
- 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting, divided
- Assorted candies (red shoestring licorice, mini peanut butter cups and Skittles)
- Miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Fill 12 foil or
- paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Pour remaining batter into
- a greased 9-in. round baking pan. Bake cake and cupcakes according
- to package directions. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing
- to wire racks to cool completely.
- Place 1/2 cup coconut in a plastic bag; sprinkle five to six drops of
- yellow food coloring into bag. Shake until color is distributed
- evenly. Repeat with 1/4 cup coconut and blue coloring, then with
- remaining coconut and green coloring.
- In a small bowl, tint 2 tablespoons frosting red; set aside. Frost
- round cake and 11 cupcakes with remaining frosting; place round cake
- on a large platter or covered board (about 22 in. x 15 in.). Form a
- face and hair using peanut butter cups for eyes and licorice for
- mouth, eyebrows and hair.
- Remove liner from remaining cupcake and cut off the top. Cut the top