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A Cake in Honor of the Nation’s Creepy Clowns

Creepy Clown Cake

I hope I don’t lose followers because of this, but it is NEWS people! Creepy clowns are plaguing the nation. This is quite possibly the most absurd bit of news I’ve ever heard (although let’s be real, nothing can compete with this election.)

If you haven’t heard yet, this all began in Greenville, North Carolina. Police received reports of creepy clowns supposedly standing at the edge of the woods, attempting to lure children in. Whether or not these reports were truthful, we have no way of knowing. However, the important part is these police reports made national news. That national news presumably inspired others across the country to dress up as clowns. Who are you people?!

Clown Smile

A Twitter account boasting 152k followers exists solely to document videos of the sightings, including the location of each. Now, some of these videos are undoubtedly staged, (you just happened to be filming when a clown appeared?) but some of them give me the genuine creeps. Many feature the clowns standing very still, holding a weapon, and staring calmly at the person behind the camera. Sometimes they walk slowly and steadily towards the person filming, which might creep me out the most (very reminiscent of It Follows). However, undoubtedly most concerning is the number of clowns who take off sprinting directly towards the camera. Many will jump onto car windshields or chase people.

Clown Eyes

While the clowns are terrifying, it’s also worrying how the public reacts to them. Trending videos that originally featured lighthearted fear now show filmers fighting back. Clowns are being chased, tackled to the ground, punched, and kicked. It appears the public is growing angry and tired of the once novelty sightings. Personally, I believe they need to end. The scariest part is not knowing who’s under the clown makeup. Are these internet pranksters or far more concerning individuals?

Regardless, I have thankfully not seen a clown. As the biggest wimp of all time, I will lose my sh*t if one crosses my path. However, in honor of the weirdest news and the spookiest month, I decided to create a Creepy Clown Cake (much to my roommates’ dismay- sorry guys!).

Clown Cake

I used this skull pan from Michael’s as the base of my clown head. To get more dimension to the cake, I combined frosting and cake crumbs in a bowl to form a dough-like mixture. This is the same technique used to make the insides of cake balls. Using the mixture, I added cheekbones and other features onto the already shaped skull cake. I covered the entire cake in fondant and frosting. To decorate, I hand painted the fondant with food coloring. I also used Wilton Black Color Mist for shading. Finally, I added a few tufts of cotton candy for my creepy clown’s carnival hair.

As you can see from the photos above, this is a red velvet cake. I decided red velvet is the spookiest of flavors. I paired it with cream cheese frosting, naturally. This cake was equal parts creepy and tasty! Check out the recipe below!

Cake Slice

 

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream

  • Prep Time: 30m
  • Cook Time: 30m
  • Total Time: 1h
  • Serves: 10
  • Yield: 1 cake

Ingredients

Red Velvet Cake

  • 1 1/4 c cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp. white distilled vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. red food coloring
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 c buttermilk
  • 1/4 c melted butter, cooled
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp. cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp. fine salt
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Buttercream

  • 1/2 c cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 3 c confectioner's sugar
  • 3 c confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

Red Velvet Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray your pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together the oil, cooled melted butter, buttermilk, egg, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla.
  4. Carefully mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with an electric mixer on medium speed until just combined. A smooth, deep red batter should form.
  5. Dump batter into greased pan, filling it 3/4ths full. Insert cake into heated oven and bake until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Depending on your pans, this should take between 25-30 minutes.
  6. Let cake cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for one minute.
  2. Add in vanilla extract.
  3. With the mixer on a low speed, add in the powdered sugar one cup at a time. Once all the sugar is incorporated, add in the heavy cream. Whip the frosting on medium-high speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Spread frosting on the cooled cake.