I made these clown cupcakes for a circus-themed party for my daughter and the kids loved them. They are easy enough to decorate that you can put your kids to work.

Recipe Summary

30 mins
20 mins
20 mins
1 hr 10 mins
12 servings


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
Clown Faces:


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line cups with paper liners.

  • Combine butter and sugar in a bowl. Beat using an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and beat well after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract. Stir flour, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl. Alternate adding flour mixture and all the milk in small amounts, mixing well after each addition.

  • Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 20 minutes. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely, about 20 minutes.

  • Combine cream cheese and butter in a bowl. Beat using an electric mixer until creamy. Add confectioners' sugar 2 tablespoons at a time and mix. Add vanilla extract after 1/2 the confectioners' sugar has been incorporated.

  • Frost each cooled cupcake with a layer of cream cheese frosting. Place 2 chocolate chips for eyes, 1 red M&M® candy for the nose, and 1 gummy worm for the mouth on each cupcake. Place 2 rows of orange M&M's® on top to make the hair.

Nutrition Facts

370 calories; protein 5.4g; carbohydrates 47.6g; fat 17.9g; cholesterol 70.7mg; sodium 118.6mg. Full Nutrition

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I used froot loops and Skittles for the nose and eyes. I couldn't stop them. The kids went crazy. Very cool Read More