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Clown Cupcakes

 Clown Cupcakes
Throwing a children's party can be a real circus if you serve the colorful clown cupcakes our Test Kitchen created. Set up a cupcake decorating table and let the kids make funny faces with their favorite candies.
24 ServingsPrep: 2 hours Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 3 cans (16 ounces each) vanilla frosting, divided
  • Yellow, red and blue paste food coloring
  • 24 ice cream sugar cones
  • Assorted candies: M&M's miniature baking bits, red shoestring licorice and cherry sour ball candies

Directions

  • Prepare and bake cake batter according to package directions for
  • cupcakes. Cool completely on wire racks. Divide two cans of frosting
  • among three bowls; tint with yellow, red and blue food coloring.
  • For clown hats, use a serrated knife or kitchen scissors to cut 2 in.
  • from the open end of each cone. Frost cones with tinted frosting;
  • decorate with baking bits. Place on waxed paper for 30 minutes or
  • until frosting is set.
  • Frost cupcakes with remaining vanilla frosting. Leaving room for the
  • hat on each cupcake, make a clown face and hair with candies. Pipe a
  • matching ruffle on each. Carefully position a hat on each cupcake.
  • Yield: 2 dozen.