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Happy Clown Cake

 Happy Clown Cake
Children will find this colorful cake irresistible! It's a snap to put together when you use a cake mix to bake one round cake and a dozen cupcakes. To serve, first pass out the cupcakes, then cut up what's left. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
16-20 ServingsPrep: 1 hour Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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

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Happy Clown Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • in half and press into sides of cake for ears. Frost the bottom
  • portion of cupcake with reserved red frosting and press in place for
  • nose. Decorate three cupcakes with Skittles; arrange on platter in
  • the shape of a bow tie. Add chocolate chip freckles.
  • Remove liners from three cupcakes if desired and cut in half;
  • sprinkle with green coconut. Press flat sides against top of cake to
  • form brim of hat. Sprinkle four cupcakes with yellow coconut and one
  • with blue coconut; stack in a pyramid on top of brim to form the
  • hat. Yield: 16-20 servings.