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Happy Clown Cupcakes
 
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Ingredients

Cupcakes

1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package cherry chip cake mix or white cake mix with confetti

1 1/4 cups water

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted

3 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

Frosting

3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow crème

Decorations

Eyes: decorator candies or chocolate chips, string licorice

Nose: red gumdrops or gumballs

Mouth: gummy fruit slices, cut in half lengthwise

Hair: cotton candy

Cheeks: decorator candies

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into muffin pan cups; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine all cupcake ingredients in bowl; beat according to package directions. Fill each prepared muffin cup 2/3 full. Bake 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

  3. STEP 3

    Beat 3/4 cup butter in bowl at medium speed until creamy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat at low speed until well mixed. Add marshmallow crème; beat at high speed until creamy. Frost cooled cupcakes.

  4. STEP 4

    Create clown faces on cupcakes just before serving, using decorations as desired.

Tip #1

- For a fun party idea, bake and frost cupcakes as directed. Place decoration ingredients in separate bowls and let each child create his own clown face.

Tip #2

- Cotton candy becomes hard and shrivels if you put it on too far in advance. It is best to add cotton candy just before serving.

Tip #3

- If frosting is too thin, beat in additional powdered sugar.

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