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Circus Clown Cake Topper

Circus Clown Cake Topper

Perfect for children’s birthday parties, this colourful clown is the ideal cake topper for a circus themed celebration. Made entirely out of sugarpaste, this clown looks good, tastes great and is surprisingly easy to do!


Rosie Cake-Diva is the first of our guest experts for our brand new Cake Academy launching on 18th October. We asked Rosie to let you in on one of her favourite projects for you to try at home. Introducing, Curtis the clown…

You will need:

Coloured Sugarpaste
Ball tool
Pointed Tool (or cocktail stick)
Circle Cutter (about 4cm diameter)
A supporting dowel
Flower Wire
Spaghetti (optional)
A ball (I made one out of Rice Krispie Treat and fondant) or anything else for the clown to sit on.


  1. To make the boots, take 16g red fondant, split it into two equal parts and roll into balls.
  2. Roll each ball into a sausage shape.
  3. Using two fingers, roll each sausage to create an indentation.
  4. Use a ball tool to create a leg hole.
  5. Use the ball tool to manipulate a ‘tongue’ shape against your finger.
  6. Use a scalpel to create boot-lace marksboots
  7. To make the socks take 4g of white fondant, split into two and roll into sausages. Use a little water or sugar glue to secure inside the leg holes.
  8. You can use a piece of spaghetti to help the socks stay 2
  9. For the trousers, roll 100g yellow fondant into a fat sausage shape. (Ensure you keep enough yellow aside to make the braces later.)
  10. Use a knife to cut a line down one third of the sausage.
  11. Use your fingers to round off the edges to create the trouser leg shapes.
  12. Use a ball tool to make the two leg holes.
  13. Use your fingers to create a large dent in the other side.
  14. Smooth the edges as you go.
  15. Tease the sides out until the waist band is large enough to accommodate the shirt.trousers
  16. Paint some sugar glue into the leg holes and position them over the socks. At this point you will need to introduce the supporting ball for him to sit on.
  17. Use the ball tool to create the relevant folds and creases in the trousers.
  18. Use a wooden dowel or skewer through the centre of the body to fix his ‘bottom’ to the supporting ball.trousers 2
  19. For the shirt take 85g of white fondant.
  20. Gently roll an indent so that the top third is wider than the bottom.
  21. Begin to form the sleeve shapes.
  22. Use the ball tool to create an indent on each sleeve.
  23. Moisten the bottom of the shirt with water or sugar glue and then feed it down the supporting dowel, then secure the waistband around the shirt.shirt
  24. Feed some flower wire (about 15.5cm long) through the sleeves. (You can use another dowel, but flower wire gives you more freedom to position the arms.)!
  25. Take 4g flesh coloured fondant, roll into a sausage and cut in two to make the arms.
  26. Use a little water or sugar glue in each arm hole.
  27. Feed the arms down the flower wire.
  28. Position them as you want them.arms
  29. Use two yellow strips to make the braces.
  30. For the neck ruffle, roll out some purple sugar paste and cut out 2 circles (about 4 cm diameter).
  31. Use a pointed tool (or a cocktail stick) to create ruffles around the edges by rocking it back and forth.
  32. Feed them over the dowel and stick to the shoulders. At this point cut the dowel to make sure you have just enough dowel to support the head.neck
  33. For the head, Roll 18g flesh coloured fondant.
  34. Use your finger to create a dent just above the centre point.
  35. Use a ball tool to indent two eye sockets.
  36. Roll a small amount of white fondant and press into each eye socket.
  37. Indent a space for the mouth with the ball tool.
  38. Roll a small amount of white fondant for the mouth
  39. Smooth it into the mouth.face
  40. Add a small ball of eye colour and a tiny white ball or two for highlights.
  41. Two small sausages of flesh colour for the eyelids.
  42. Just place over the top of the eyes.
  43. Use a little black food colouring to paint the eye make up
  44. And the eyebrows ….and the mouth.
  45. Rosy cheeks and lips….in fact….you can use your imagination. All clown faces are different.
  46. A red nose to finish it off.face2
  47. Position the head on the dowel with a little sugar glue.
  48. For the gloves take 2g white fondant and split into two. Roll into a long egg shape and cut out a triangle to form the thumb.
  49. Use your fingers to round the edges.
  50. Cut a line down the middle of the finger section.
  51. Then split each section again.
  52. Use your fingers to smooth the edges.hands
  53. With the ball tool make an indent for the wrists.
  54. And use a little sugar glue to fix the gloves on each wrist.
  55. Add a juggling ball (or a club….or whatever you fancy).body
  56. Use a piping nozzle to cut out the spots and attach them with a little water or sugar glue. Don’t forget the buttons for the braces.clothes
  57. You can use an extruder to make the hair….or just roll out fondant if you haven’t got an extruder.
  58. A cone shaped hat with coloured pompoms finishes him off. You might need to use a little dowel (or piece of spaghetti) to make sure that it is secure.
  59. Ta Dah!


Top Tips:

Time: I like to let some parts dry a bit before moving on….it just makes life easier… start early if you can. Leaving a partmade model overnight hardens and strengthens it and allows you to continue without damaging what you’ve already made.

Strengthener: I add a bit of Tylo Powder (or CMC or Gum Tragacanth) if my fondant is too soft or if I want parts of my model to adopt elevated positions (ie the arms)

Join Rosie on 18th October for more fantastic cake decorating projects.

See also: Our Exclusive Interview with Rosie Cake-Diva
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