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Big Top Circus Cake

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Big Top Circus Cake
  • Prep 1 hr 10 min
  • Total 2 hr 50 min
  • Servings 12
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Simple to bake and decorate--an impressive circus-themed centerpiece!
Updated Jul 8, 2014

Ingredients

  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ yellow cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • Tray or cardboard (15x12 inches), covered with paper and plastic food wrap or foil
  • 2 containers Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy or Whipped vanilla or Whipped fluffy white frosting
  • Red gel food color
  • 1/4 cup multicolored candy sprinkles
  • 1 striped paper drinking straw
  • 1 triangle colored paper

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans).
  • 2
    Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 3
    Place cake on tray or cardboard, with short sides of cake forming top and bottom of tent. Use serrated knife to cut 2 corner triangles off top of cake, going 5 inches down long sides of cake to form tent top.
  • 4
    Use half of 1 container frosting to spread a thin coat on top of cake. Frost a second time with remaining frosting in container.
  • 5
    Use red gel food color to color remaining container of frosting desired shade of red. Place red frosting in decorating bag fitted with star tip. Pipe a line of stars horizontally across cake to divide the top of the big top from the base. Pipe stripes on cake, leaving a larger section of white in center of cake to accommodate number.
  • 6
    Use remaining red frosting to pipe stripes on top of the big top, starting wide at the base and getting smaller as they meet at the top of the cake. Pipe desired number in center of cake.
  • 7
    Cut a 4-inch piece of the straw. Tape the long end of the paper triangle to the straw. Poke base of straw into top of the cake.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Use your favorite primary color in place of the red in this recipe, such as blue or yellow.

Nutrition

550 Calories, 24g Total Fat, 2g Protein, 82g Total Carbohydrate, 18g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
550
Calories from Fat
210
Total Fat
24g
36%
Saturated Fat
6g
29%
Trans Fat
4 1/2g
Cholesterol
45mg
16%
Sodium
430mg
18%
Potassium
70mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
82g
27%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
18g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 4 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
5 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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