Circus Cupcakes

I am going to have a little bit of a brag here tonight, but first let me start with a slight explanation.
I love Pinterest. I love researching ideas and even occasionally attempting to execute them. I especially love the recipes. That said, I am very very far from the worlds way crafter or baker. I am not a horrific crafter, but would certainly scale myself towards the lower end of mediocre. Crafting just isn’t where my talents lie. Baking and cooking I feel like I am simply average. There are definitely some hits and a lot of misses on our household’s menus. So to say I am proud of how the circus themed cupcakes came out for Liam’s first birthday bash is a bit of an understatement. I am beyond thrilled, though I can’t take all the credit for myself. My handy assistant and BFF Dahlia came over to help (and spend some quality time with Liam who cried when she left).

So the first thing I did was cheat. After searching the local grocery store for an organic all natural cake mix (because I knew I wasn’t going to have time or the inclination to do this from scratch). After not finding one in a reasonable amount of time I gave in and purchased 2 boxes of Betty Crocker super moist French Vanilla cake mix. I also purchased a couple of bags of powdered sugar and a box of salt free butter for homemade frosting. The two boxes of cake mix made us 36 normal size cupcakes and 4 extra large ones which were used in the creation of Liam’s smash cake. After allowing the cake to cool overnight, dahlia came over and we whipped up a couple of bowls of frosting. The frosting recipe we used was:

2 sticks of softened salt free butter
3 cups of lightly packed powdered sugar
1 tsp of vanilla
2 tablespoons of whole milk

Blend all ingredients until well mixed, add food coloring if desired. If you are adding food coloring you may also need to add more sugar to maintain your desired frosting firmness for decorating purposes.

Then the fun part happened, the decorating of 36 cupcakes and a smash cake.

For the cupcakes we spiced up an idea that I had found on Pinterest which was to stick animal cracker in your cupcakes to decorate for a circus theme. We added sprinkles for some pizzazz.
For the smash cake we used three slices from the extra large cupcakes to make the layers. We frosted them and then mirrored the cupcakes on the top. We added a candle (of course)… and then put a parade of animals crackers circling the mini cake.

And now for the pictures 🙂

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I can’t wait to get this party started!

Saturday Evening Update…. the cake was a hit (and Liam had his first sugar high)

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