Thursday, June 14, 2012

Carousel Cupcakes

What better cupcake to serve at a circus party than a carousel cupcake.

There are so many baking blogs I follow that will be incredibly disappointed to learn my cupcakes were made from a box.

There, I've said it.

I've never claimed to be a baker.  Believe me, I am sure my guests were happy I didn't attempt to make these from scratch :)

Here is how you can make these 'semi-homemade' carousel cupcakes.

Supplies needed:
Animal Crackers {perhaps you don't need the industrial sized tub of animal crackers}
Cupcakes {feel free to show me up and make your cupcakes from scratch}
Cocktail umbrellas

To decorate:
Ice the cupcakes.  Arrange 3 animal crackers upright around the perimeter of the cupcake. Add a cocktail umbrella to the middle.

Isn't everything better with a cocktail umbrella? 

Be warned:  If you make the mistake of inviting some rambunctious neighbor boys over, to enjoy a carousel cupcake, make sure they don't use the cocktail umbrellas as weapons :)

*You may also enjoy, Mental Party Pictures from a Circus Party.


  1. Well how cute and easy is that?! They look darling all stacked up on that tiered stand too! Is there anything boys won't use as a weapon??!!

  2. I agree. Cocktail umbrellas make everything better. Well, almost everything. They clearly don't make little boys better ... they turn them into evil cocktail umbrella sword wielding terrors!

    Love the cupcakes ...



  3. Adorable idea! It's two treats in one... animal crackers and cupcakes. I don't know any kid that doesn't like cupcakes and animal crackers.. so no doubt they were a big hit!

    1. I almost made homemade cupcakes because of you...but in the end, I went with from a box. I don't know how you have the time and patience to bake from scratch :)

  4. Darling! What a fun simple idea! Wonder if my soom to be 9 year old would still think that was cute??!!

  5. Soooo adorable.. and who says they have to be homemade... they look stinking awesome!!!! and I have to tell you I smile and giggle everytime you mention those rotten little boys next door and I think of their lazy father! HAHAHAHAHAHA! I can just picture that whole scene.. and I crack up!!! I'm so bad!!! Love ya though! *giggles*


  6. Perfection! I made a carousel cake a few years ago. Same concept but with a bunt cake. I like the cupcakes better, though!

  7. These are really cute. They'd look great with those little animal crackers that are frosted pink & white with the little colored sprinkles on them too(might actually be called carousel cookies if I remember correctly)!
    Over from One Artsy Mama.

  8. No question...those would totally be weapons over here. It would take prior planning and quick confiscation to avoid that happening!

    So cute, Amy!

  9. So cute Amy! And no shame in a box mix.. I do it all the time! Its just your base. Look how awesome your box cupcakes came out? So awesome! :)

  10. I have a friend throwing a circus party for her son next month...I HAVE to share this with cute, yet so simple! Perfect!!

  11. Absolutely brilliant! Those are so stinking cute! : )

  12. Absolutely DARLING!
    Marcie @

  13. Oh, girl! These are adorable! I will bake from a box a lot.... no one ever knows the difference. My nephew is wanting a zoo themed birthday party - I'll have to show my sis this post. Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing...

    Hope your Monday was fabulous!!:)

  14. Adorable, Amy! Little Crafter would looove these. Thanks for linking up at Shine on Fridays!!

  15. Great idea these are too cute! Thanks for linkin up! Hope to see you again Thursday!

  16. New linky follower! I'm definitely going to remember this, I love how they turned out with the little animal crackers. I'm a new linky follower! Would love if you followed me at

  17. Such a cute idea! They look adorable! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


  18. I made some homemade cupcakes last week and they weren't any better than the box mix I usually make. So from now on it's the easy route for me. Yours are too cute with the animal carousel. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  19. This is adorable!

    I would love for you to share this at my Flaunt It Friday Link Party. Make sure you enter for the great giveaway too! :)


  20. Hi Amy!

    Thank you for linking up your tasty Carousel Cupcakes in our Saturday Crafty Showcase last week! Your post was one of our Bowdabra Designers Top Picks and you are being featured today! Stop on over and say HI and see your feature. We'll be giving you a Facebook, twitter and Pinterest shout out today!

    We would LOVE for you to stop in on Saturday-Thur and link up more of your crafty post! We love your blog.

    Susie @Bowdabra

  21. I love this!! New follower from the Bowdabra link party. I pinned these adorable cupcakes and hope to make them for my next preschool playdate.

    I'd love for you to pop over to my site and check out what I have too.

    Blessings to you!

  22. Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We used one of your pictures. If that's a problem let us know and we'll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!


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