We made these clown cupcakes for a circus-themed party for my daughter and the kids loved them. They are easy enough to decorate that the kids can do it themselves!
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100g butter, at room temperature
150g caster sugar
seeds from 2 vanilla beans, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
200g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
Cream cheese icing
40g butter, at room temperature
150g cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon vanila extract
80g icing sugar
12 jelly snakes or worms
24 mini chocolate chips
red milk chocolate pieces such as Smarties® or M&Ms®
orange Smarties® or M&Ms®
Method Prep:30min › Cook:20min › Extra time:30min › Ready in:1hr20min
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line a 12 hole cupcake tin with paper cases.
Combine butter and sugar in a bowl. Beat using an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract. Stir flour, baking powder and salt together in a separate bowl. Alternate adding flour mixture and all the milk in small amounts, mixing well after each addition.
Spoon cupcake mixture into the paper cases, filling each 3/4 full.
Bake in the preheated oven until tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 20 minutes. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely, about 20 minutes.
Combine cream cheese and butter in a bowl. Beat using an electric mixer until creamy. Add icing sugar 2 tablespoons at a time and mix. Add vanilla extract after 1/2 the icing sugar has been incorporated.
Ice each cooled cupcake with a layer of cream cheese icing. Place 2 chocolate chips for eyes, 1 red M&M(R) sweet for the nose and 1 jelly for the mouth on each cupcake. Place 2 rows of orange M&M's(R) on top to make the hair.