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Circus Cookie

Circus Animal Cookie Cake

Circus Cookie Cake is a fun whimsical layered cake that is bound to be the life of the party.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 10 Slices
Calories: 1197kcal


  • Three 9 inch cake pans
  • cake leveler or knife
  • piping bag with star tip or storage bag with tip cut off.


  • 2 boxes of funfetti cake mix
  • 6 large egg
  • 2 C water
  • 1 C Canola oil
  • Pam baking spray
  • Vanilla frosting
  • 2 C unsalted butter softened
  • 5 C powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3-6 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • Pink food coloring
  • 2 C funfetti sprinkles
  • 1 Bag of frosted animal cookies


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray the 3 cake pans with pam baking spray
  • Combine all cake ingredients into a standing mixer or large mixing
  • bowl and beat until combined
  • Divide the batter between the 3 pans and bake in the oven for 28-32
  • minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Allow to cool completely before moving onto the cake board
  • Using a cake leveler, remove the dome from the cakes to make even
  • Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter, powdered sugar,
  • vanilla, and heavy whipping cream until combined, smooth and stiff with peaks
  • Scoop 2 1/2 C of frosting into one bowl and mix in a few drops of pink
  • gel food coloring until combined
  • Scoop ½ C of frosting into the piping bag
  • Building the cake directions
  • Using 1 cake layer on the cake board, scoop 1 C of pink frosting onto
  • the top of the cake and spread evenly
  • Place the second layer of cake on top of the first layer of frosting.
  • Scoop another 1 C of pink frosting onto the second layer of cake and spread evenly
  • Place the last layer of cake on top
  • Frost entire cake with the remaining white frosting
  • Take the angled spatula and blot dollops of pink frosting around the cake
  • Carefully smooth evenly to allow the pink frosting to blend into the while frosting
  • Scoop a handful of funfetti sprinkles onto the bottom of the cake
  • Pipe dollops of white frosting around the top
  • Sprinkle some sprinkles around the edge of the cake
  • Place animal cookies into the frosting
  • Cut and enjoy!


This cake is made to be a 3 layer cake.  However, you could turn the cake into a 9x13 cake with an additional 12 cupcakes.  Or 36 cupcakes all together. 
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Serving: 1slice | Calories: 1197kcal | Carbohydrates: 144g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 202mg | Sodium: 765mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 102g | Vitamin A: 1343IU | Calcium: 257mg | Iron: 3mg