Circus Animal Cookie Cake 

Unleash the magic of the circus with this vibrant and playful Circus Animal Cookie Cake! It’s a fun and festive creation that combines the nostalgic charm of circus animal cookies with delicious layers of tye-dye vanilla cake and pink chocolate ganache. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, a special event, or just want to add a splash of fun to your dessert table, this cake is sure to be a showstopper!


For the Cake:

  • Vanilla cake mix: 1 package
  • Large eggs: 3
  • Vegetable oil: 1/2 cup
  • Milk: 1 cup
  • Light sour cream: 1/2 cup
  • Clear vanilla extract: 2 tsp
  • Almond extract: 1/2 tsp
  • Pink gel food dye

For the Frosting:

  • Unsalted butter, softened: 4 sticks
  • Powdered sugar: 8 cups
  • Heavy whipping cream: 2 tbsp
  • Vanilla extract: 2 tsp
  • Almond extract: 1/2 tsp
  • Pink gel food dye
  • Circus Animal Cookies, crushed & divided: 1 1/2 cups

For the Ganache:

  • White chocolate chips: 5 oz (about 1 cup)
  • Heavy whipping cream: 4-5 tbsp
  • Pink gel food dye
  • Sprinkles for garnish


  1. Cake Preparation: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 8-inch cake pans. Mix all cake ingredients, reserving some batter to color pink. Swirl the pink and vanilla batters in the pans to create a tye-dye effect. Bake for 28-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let the cakes cool completely.
  2. Frosting: In a large bowl, beat the softened butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, alternating with the cream and extracts. Separate a portion of the frosting to color pink.
  3. Assembly: Slice the cooled cakes horizontally to create even layers. Alternate layers of cake with pink frosting and a sprinkle of crushed cookies between each layer. Apply a thin crumb coat of frosting around the cake and chill briefly. Then apply the final layer of frosting, creating an ombre effect with the pink frosting.
  4. Ganache: Combine the white chocolate chips and cream in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in intervals, stirring until smooth. Tint with pink food dye and let cool slightly before drizzling over the chilled cake. Add sprinkles for an extra festive touch.
  5. Final Touches: Decorate the base and top of the cake with remaining crushed cookies and additional sprinkles.

Baking Tips:

  • For a deeper pink, gradually add more dye until the desired color is achieved, both in the batter and the ganache.
  • Ensure all ingredients, especially butter and eggs, are at room temperature to ensure a smooth, even mix.

This Circus Animal Cookie Cake is not just a dessert; it’s an experience. Perfect for anyone who loves a touch of whimsy in their treats, it’s sure to bring joy and a bit of the circus spirit to any gathering. Enjoy crafting this delightful cake that’s as fun to make as it is to serve! 🎈🍪✨

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