Clown Cake

1 box (18.25 oz.) cake mix, any flavor
1 container (12 oz.) white frosting, divided
Food coloring, any color
Candy confetti or sprinkles
2 Nestle Wonderballs, unwrapped
19 strands red shoestring licorice, divided
1 fruit roll snack, any flavor
2 Spree or Sweetarts candies
2 peppermint candies
6 to 8 candy orange, lemon or lime slices

Preheat oven according to cake mix package decorations. Grease and flour one 8-inch-round and one 8-inch square cake pan.

Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Divide batter between prepared cake pans. Bake according to package directions for round cake pans. Cool cakes in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Turn onto racks to cool completely.

Cut hat from square cake by cutting from two adjacent corners to a midpoint on the opposite side of the square. Cut two rectangles from the bases of leftover triangle-shaped pieces to form collar. Assemble clown cake by placing the hat above the face (round cake); push together. Place two rectangle pieces of cake below the face to form one large rectangular collar.

Stir food coloring into 1/2 cup frosting; frost hat. Sprinkle with candy confetti. Reserve 1 tablespoon frosting to use to attach candles. Use remaining frosting on face and collar. With a small dab of reserved frosting, place one Wonderball at top of hat. Twist 16 strands of licorice to form clown's hair; press into frosting. Cut 2 diamond shapes from fruit roll snack. Place on face where eyes would be located; use small dab of reserved frosting to add Spree candies. Twist remaining strands of licorice together and place on face to form mouth. Place peppermint candies at both ends of mouth. Add orange slices to collar.

Cut 1-inch square from center of face; lift out cake and discard. Press remaining Wonderball into square to form clown nose.



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