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Circus Cake

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


12 servings

Ideal for a child's party, this whimsical cake steals the show with its cotton candy topping and cookie-laced sides. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Circus Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Nerds candies
  • Miniature cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Frosted animal crackers
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Cotton candy
  • Lollipops


  1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  2. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Lightly press the Nerds, sandwich cookies and animal crackers onto sides of cake. Arrange marshmallows along edge of cake. Just before serving, arrange cotton candy and lollipops on top of cake.

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