Under the Big Top Cupcakes

Under the Big Top CupcakesRecipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Bright colors and circus animals are guaranteed to make kids of all ages smile and to make any day a celebration.


24 cupcakes

Recipe from

Oxmoor House


White Cake:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose soft-wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Paper baking cups
Vegetable cooking spray
Multicolored confetti sprinkles
Vanilla Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 to 4 tablespoons whipping cream
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
Food coloring gel in your favorite colors
Sugar circus animals


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in extracts. Stir in 1/3 cup multicolored confetti sprinkles.

Place paper baking cups in 2 (12-cup) muffin pans, and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely.

To prepare Vanilla Frosting, beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Beat at high speed 2 minutes or until creamy. Make 3 cups.

Tint Vanilla Frosting with food coloring gels of your choice. Frost each cupcake with tinted frosting. Roll edges of each cupcake in confetti sprinkles, and top each with 1 sugar circus animal.



The cake decorating experts at Dreamcakes suggest that you check out your local crafts store or look at cakedeco.com to buy sugar circus animals.