Circus Cake Recipe
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Circus Cake Recipe

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Ideal for a child's party, this whimsical cake steals the show with its cotton candy topping and cookie-laced sides. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Nerds candies
  • Miniature cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Frosted animal crackers
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Cotton candy
  • Lollipops


  1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  2. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Lightly press the Nerds, sandwich cookies and animal crackers onto sides of cake. Arrange marshmallows along edge of cake. Just before serving, arrange cotton candy and lollipops on top of cake. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Circus Cake in Simple & Delicious March/April 2010, p53

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a642483 User ID: 3027293 107363
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2011

"This was a great recipe - my niece and nephew loved it and helped me put the final decorations on. Very impressive...."

Rockamama User ID: 1263362 176361
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"I made this cake all pastel colors, omitting the brightly colored Nerds and the chocolate cookies, which I didn't think matched. My 3 year old little girl loved it!"

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