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The Best Adorable Clown Cupcakes Recipe For Kids

The Best Adorable Clown Cupcakes Recipe For Kids

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You don’t have to go to the circus to get a chance to enjoy some of the most creative and fun clown cupcakes in town. With this simple DIY Clown Cupcake recipe you can make them at home, with your own children, or for any birthday party in need of a little more color and excitement!

How to make clown cupcakes

Where did clowns originate from?

The most ancient clowns have been found in the Fifth Dynasty of Egypt, around 2400 BC. Unlike court jesters, who traditionally served a socio-religious and psychological role, traditional roles for priest and clown were held by one person at once; this is due to their similar functions as “magicians” or religious figures that also provide entertainment with jokes about religion (and sometimes politics).

Who were the first clowns?


Joe Grimaldi, the first of true circus clown, was known for his physical comedy. His character Joey performed tumbling and slapstick beatings with pratfalls in an attempt to make people laugh.

Types of clowns

Clowns today come in many different shapes and sizes. Here are some of the most popular types:

  • White Clown: This clown is known for its distinctive white face paint which covers all or part of their face, red nose, and unique hairstyles such as a Mohawk or top hat.
  • Auguste Clown: This clown is often mistaken for the “red nose” variety because of their similar inflatable noses and painted-on smiles.
  • Tramp Clown: This clown is best known for its baggy clothes and unkempt appearance.
  • Evil Clown: This clown is not necessarily “evil” but they are known for their scary faces and creepy costumes that often consist of black clothing with lots of spikes, chains, or bones jutting out everywhere
  • Party Clown: Also known as a “jester”, this clown combines the look and feel of both the Auguste and Tramp clowns.

Who are some famous clowns?

Clowns have appeared in all types of entertainment over the years and some examples include:

  • Emmett Kelly Jr.: A famous circus clown who performed as a “Weary Willie” during the Great Depression. He was once considered one of America’s greatest entertainers, but his career began to decline after he refused to change out of his clown makeup when people around him were struggling to find work.
  • Bozo the Clown: An American character created for television in 1959 who became very popular during the 1960s and 1970s with a local children’s show based out of Chicago, Illinois. The TV series was so successful that it spawned a franchise including comics, movies, toys, and amusement parks.
  • Clarabelle the Clown: Clarabell the Clown was a clown character who communicated through mime on The Howdy Doody Show which aired for over ten years. Clarabell would spray Buffalo Bob Smith with seltzer and honk his horn to communicate “yes” or “no.”
This summarizes what we have said about clowns – and how they might have turned dark.

What is a real clown?

A clown is usually defined as a “clown show” or “comedy act”. Clowns are meant to be silly and funny rather than scary or evil. However, there have been some incidents involving real-life clowns over the years that have led many people down different paths of thought.

This includes Stephen King’s novel It which was about an evil clown that terrorized children and John Wayne Gacy who was a serial killer in the 1970s.

Maybe that is why people tend to see clowns as creepy now – which is totally against their original high praise of a basic entertainer.

Clown Cupcakes with Ice Cream Cones

Now that you know all about the clowns, it’s time to create one! These homemade circus treats are sure to delight friends and family alike. They’re easy and fun for both children and adults who want an easy way to get creative in the kitchen.

The yellow cupcake base can be made from either a boxed mix or the following recipe:

Basic cupcakes recipe

A good yellow cupcake recipe for the base:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temp
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk – the higher the fat content the better
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.
easy clown cupcakes

How to make Clown cupcakes

In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.

Place butter and milk in a microwave-safe dish and zap 2 minutes on high to melt the butter.

In a separate small bowl, with your hand mixer beat eggs for 30 seconds on medium-high speed.

With the beater still going, pour the sugar in over 30 seconds.

Beat eggs for 6 minutes more on a highly faster speed, or until tripled in volume and almost pure white.

When the egg is whipped, scatter 1/3 flour across the surface, then beat on low for 5 seconds. Stop beating, add half the remaining flour, then mix again on low for 5 seconds. Add remaining flour, then mix on Speed 1 for 5 – 10 sec until the flour is just mixed in. Once you can’t see flour, stop straight away.

Pour the hot milk/butter, vanilla, and oil into the now empty flour bowl. Add about 3/4 cups of the Egg Batter into the hot milk. Use a whisk to mix until smooth. It should look kind of foamy.

With the beater on low still, pour the milk mixture into the Egg Batter over 10-15 seconds, then turn the beater off.

Fill your muffin cups with batter until they are 2/3 full. Bake 20-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Remove them from the pan and place them on a wire rack to cool before decorating.

Easy Clown Cupcakes recipe

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix. or just follow the package directions. (snort)

How do you store Clown Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days.

If you want to hold off on the ice cream cone hat, you can store them in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to a week.

Clown Cupcakes Recipe

What you need to make clown cupcakes:

What you need to make clown cupcakes:

  • A yellow cake mix recipe – ours, yours, or a boxed cake mix
  • Sugar Cones
  • White, blue, red, yellow frosting
  • Piping tip #18 for hat detail and piping tip #233 for hair
  • White chocolate chips
  • Red and orange skittles for noses – I like the red candy the best
  • Deco eyes
  • Multi-colored sprinkles
  • Red icing gel for mouth

Clown Cupcake Decorating

I do use frosting for the clown hair instead of cotton candy hair. I think it tends to hold up a lot better. Also, if these are for kids? I would dip the ice cream cones in the white chocolate, and then let the kids decorate their own clown cupcakes! It instantly became a party activity!

Bake cupcakes per recipe directions and let them cool completely.

Melt 4 oz of white chocolate in 30-second intervals, stir until smooth and pour into a tall enough glass to fit a sugar cone.

What you need to make clown cupcakes

Dip sugar cone point side down into the melted white chocolate then tilt the glass slightly and roll the cone until completely covered – place on wax paper base side down to set.

how to frost a cupcake

Place a generous dollop of white frosting on each cupcake with an offset spatula.

adding clown hair

Using tip #233 pipe red hair on half the cupcake.

decorating a clown hat

Using tip #18 pipe small blue or yellow stars around the base of the cone, add sprinkles if desired.

adding a clown hat

Place cone on the cupcake at a slight tilt on top of the hair – add more hair at this point if needed.

clown cupcake face

On the white portion of the cupcake apply the deco eyes and skittle nose to make the clown face.

Use the red gel icing to create a smile.

clown cupcake with sugar cone

Use tip #18 to place a pom on top of each cone and add any other decoration desired on the front of cone – add more sprinkles if desired,

easy clown cupcakes

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