Circus Treats Birthday Cake

February 17th, 2016 by Desiree Smith

Everyone knows that the best part of the circus is the food!  Fun for girls of all ages, this Circus Treats Birthday Cake explodes with all the traditional favorites:  popcorn, cotton candy, cookies and more!  You can even personalize this cake with a cute printable banner.

Makes about 12 servings.

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 Step 1: Make meringues

Prepare meringue cookies following recipe directions.  Fit disposable decorating bag with tip 2A, stripe inside of bag with Teal icing color.   Pipe pull-out dot meringues on parchment-lined cookie pan.

Tint ¼ cup remaining meringue batter pink with Pink icing color.  Fit second decorating bag with tip 1M, pipe star meringues onto cookie pan.  Bake and cool following recipe directions.

Tip:  Cake pictured uses two teal striped meringue cookies and three pink meringue cookies.  Serve remaining cookies at the birthday party alongside the cake!

Step 2: While meringues bake, decorate animal crackers and circus peanuts

Melt 4 oz. bright white Candy Melts candy according to package directions.  Put animal crackers on cooling grid place over parchment-covered cookie pan; cover with melted candy.  Sprinkle with nonpareils.  Chill to firm, 10 to 15 minutes.  Spray with pearl Color Mist food color spray.

Cut five circus peanuts in half vertically.  Spray with pearl Color Mist food color spray.  Set aside.  Spray remaining five peanuts with pink Color Mist food color spray.  Let dry 5 minutes. Spray with pearl Color Mist food color spray.

Step 3: Bake cakes

Bake and cool three 2 in. cake layers. Level all cakes.

Step 4: Tint icing

Make buttercream icing following recipe directions.  Using Ivory icing color, tint icing soft yellow.  Fill and stack layers for a 6 in. high cake.  Ice cake smooth.

Step 5: Create banner

Print out pattern.  Cut out letters and fold along top line.  Place string under fold and tape flap down to secure letters on string.

Step 6: Decorate cake

Insert two lollipop sticks in top of cake and tie on banner.  Make a mound of icing (about 1 cup) in center of cake and arrange marshmallow ice cream cone, circus peanuts, popcorn, animal crackers, cotton candy and meringues on top of and around bottom of cake.

Desiree Smith Desiree is the Public Relations Manager at Wilton. She spends her days monitoring media opportunities, working with newspaper, magazine and television contacts, collaborating with bloggers and handling a variety of other odds and ends. Desiree has a degree in journalism and experience writing for newspapers and television. Outside of Wilton, she enjoys running and planning outings with friends.

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