Birthday Clown Cake

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16 servings

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  • Prepare cake batter as directed on package; pour evenly into 1 (9-inch) round cake pan and 1 (9-inch) square baking pan. Bake as directed on package for 9-inch cake layers. Cool completely. Remove cake layers from pans.
  • Place round layer on cutting board; trim off 1-inch piece from top of cake. Cut trimmed piece crosswise in half; set aside. Cut square layer into 3 triangles, starting at the center of one side and cutting to the bottom left corner of the cake layer. Then, repeat the cut with the other side.
  • Assemble the cake pieces to resemble a clown's head by placing the round cake layer near the top of a large board or platter, with the straight edge of the cake at the top of the board. Place the middle cake triangle at the top of the round cake layer for the hat and the small pieces that were cut from the top of the round layer at the base of the hat for the hair. Arrange the remaining 2 triangles at the base of the head, with pointed ends together, to resemble a bow tie.
  • Tint 1/2 cup of the coconut blue, 1/2 cup of the coconut yellow and the remaining 1/2 cup coconut red with food coloring. Secure each of the cake pieces together with small amount of whipped topping, then use the remaining whipped topping to frost the entire cake. Sprinkle the hat with blue coconut, the cake just under the hat with red coconut (for the hair) and the bow tie with yellow coconut. Decorate with remaining ingredients as desired.

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You'll know it's a special occasion when you enjoy a serving of this cake!

How to Tint Coconut

Mix 1/4 tsp. water with a drop of food coloring. Add to 1/2 cup coconut in resealable plastic bag. Seal bag; shake until coconut is evenly tinted.


  • 16 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 16 servings
Calories 280
% Daily Value
Total fat 9g
Saturated fat 5g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 270mg
Carbohydrate 47g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 29g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 0 %DV
Vitamin C 2 %DV
Calcium 6 %DV
Iron 4 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • ammoura |

    It was a great idea for my baby girl's first birthday, I changed the decor quite a bit, everybody loved it :)

  • jenny3221008 |

    i love the car

  • mommomberger |

    I made this recipe years ago when my son was 6 years old and he still hasn't forgotten it. It was a hit with everyone. Every year he keeps on asking me to make him a "clown cake" and I might have to this year. He will be 33 next month!! LOL

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