Circus Animal Cookie Cupcakes

It’s been so fun participating in the #SocialCircus this month, and as we inch closer to May, I have one more circus-inspired recipe to share with you—these circus animal cookie cupcakes! Ready for a bite?

Circus Animal Cookie Cupcakes - A fun and simple cupcake for any circus-themed party!

While I’m in favor of homemade recipes, there are times, particularly surrounding the hustle and bustle of birthday parties or baby showers, when you just want to grab a cake mix.

For these animal cookie cupcakes, I grabbed my favorite cake mix, doctored it up a bit with vanilla and sprinkles and boom, cute funfetti cupcakes emerged from the oven.

Circus Animal Cookie Cupcakes - A fun and simple cupcake for any circus-themed party!

I whipped up my favorite cream cheese frosting, but, you could certainly go easy and opt for the premade frosting as well. I won’t tell anyone!

I used a classic animal cracker/cookie for the tops of the cupcakes. I brushed the cookies with a bit of melted butter which brings out the features on the animals and gives the cookies a nice color and sheen.

Circus Animal Cookie Cupcakes - A fun and simple cupcake for any circus-themed party!

Add a few hundred more sprinkles to the tops of your circus-themed cupcakes and you have the most adorable sweet treats.

Seriously, so cute, and they taste great. I do NOT know that because I ate three of them. Nope. Someone told me.

Circus Animal Cookie Cupcakes - A fun and simple cupcake for any circus-themed party!

Circus Animal Cookie Cupcakes - A fun and simple cupcake for any circus-themed party!

You can finish the look of your circus animal cookie cupcakes with these adorable big top cupcake wrappers that I found on Etsy.

Circus Animal Cookie Cupcakes - A fun and simple cupcake for any circus-themed party!

These circus-inspired cupcakes are so easy to make, taste great, and look quite impressive if I do say so myself. Be sure to leave a comment if you incorporate them into your upcoming circus party or shower!

Also, be sure to check out my mini soft pretzels which are also great for a circus-themed party!

Circus animal cookie cupcakes

Ingredients:

Betty Crocker Supermoist Vanilla Cake Mix

1 cup water

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons multicolor sprinkles


Frosting

8 oz. package cream cheese, softened

1 stick of butter(1/2 cup), softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

2-3 cups powdered sugar


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


2. Prepare cake mix according to box, adding water, oil, and eggs. Add vanilla and beat until smooth. Slowly stir-in sprinkles, do not overmix.


3. Fill 24 cupcakes to about 2/3 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back when pressed.


Cream cheese frosting


1. With electric mixer, mix cream cheese and butter together until very smooth.


2. Add vanilla extract and mix. Slowly add powdered sugar until you reach desired thickness and sweetness.


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