Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

My eldest daughter entered these into the fair a couple of years ago. The idea originally came from Family Fun Magazine. You can use your favorite cupcake and icing recipe! This was a very fun project for a Mom (or Dad) and a young child!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • circus peanuts
  • 1 square caramel candy
  • yellow decorator's icing
  • red decorator's icing
  • cut-up green gumdrop (optional)
  • 1 baked cupcake
  • 2 tablespoons white icing
  • 1 teaspoon small mixed color nonpareils


  1. For the bun, cut a wedge in the circus peanut. If the caramel is soft, roll it into a hot dog shape. If it's hard, first soften it in your hand or in a microwave for a few seconds. Caution: the caramel can get hot!
  2. Place the "hot dog" in the bun and squirt on a squiggly line of yellow and/or red icing.
  3. Garnish with green gumdrop "relish," if you wish.
  4. Frost the cupcake with white icing, place the hot dog on top, and sprinkle on nonpareils.