I used a large circular tin to bake the chocolate sponge for this Clown Birthday Cake. When baked, I rounded and smoothed the edge. I then covered in a flesh coloured sugarpaste (by the way, flesh colour is VERY annoying to colour on a large scale, it took me about 2 hours to knead the colour to perfection so if you can find it I’d recommend buying it ready coloured) and pushed a round indentation in the middle for the nose to sit.

I rolled out a thick piece of red paste and cut it into strips and then cut these again into short strips, I then stuck these down with edible glue to make the hair. I started from the bottom so each layer would overlap the other.

I rolled out a white piece of sugarpaste and cut the eye and mouth shapes out and stuck these onto the face, I used a black icing-writer for the eye crosses and using the end of a paintbrush I made an indentation for the mouth which I painted red.

I used my leftover scraps of white sugarpaste and rolled it into a ball, I then rolled out a piece of green sugarpaste and put this over the ball to make the hat which I stuck on top.

I used a yellow icing writer to make the yellow ribbon around the hat. I rolled a small piece of blue sugarpaste which I cut into the flower shape and put a dab of yellow in the middle for the pollen.

I then rolled a ball of red sugarpaste for the nose and glued this in the middle to finish.