I have a friend who was looking at doing a Circus themed birthday party for their 6-year-old and she asked me for ideas. I LOVE serving cupcakes to kids because everyone gets the same portion size and they all get the same amount of frosting and decorations. These simple cupcakes have the flair of the circus with the cupcake liners, sprinkles and animal cracker toppers.
ANIMAL CRACKER CUPCAKE – you can use a boxed mix or my recipe below..
You will need:
- 1/2 cup unsalted sweet cream butter softened
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup of crumbled Animal crackers
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Set up your cupcake pan with liners
Fill a ziploc bag with Animal Crackers and and crumble
Fill the bottom of the liners with crumbled Animal Cracker cookie
Using a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a separate large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high for 30 seconds.
Now add sugar, and vanilla to the butter and beat until combined.
Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Alternate, the flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low speed until everything is well mixed together
Fill the cupcake pan liners 2/3 with cake batter
Bake for 18-20 minutes.
Remove cupcakes from pan and allow to cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before frosting
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 c unsalted sweet cream butter
3 c powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp heavy whipping cream
12-18 Animal Crackers for garnish
In large mixing bowl, beat butter, vanilla and cream cheese on high speed until fluffy
Add 3 cups of sugar, one at a time.
Add in heavy cream if frosting is looking like sugar pebbles.
Scrape the sides to get all of the sugar.
Mix until your frosting is stiff and wont fall off the whisk.