I was so excited to finally make these easy cotton candy cupcakes. They’re a dream come true–light, fluffy, and topped with actual cotton candy. I love it!
Cotton Candy Cupcakes
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have a secret crush on the most sugary treat that exists on the planet: cotton candy. The love affair started with me in my younger years at a carnival. Now my child has also decided she, too, is in love with the fluff. So, inevitably, we had to bring that love to our second love: cupcakes.
And, wow, we not only had a good time, but it was just just the most amazingly tasty cupcake that’s ever been made. You’ve got to try this cotton candy flavored cupcake out. Let’s get started.
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Tips to Make Cotton Candy Flavored Cupcakes
- Start with your favorite vanilla cupcakes. I always break out my recipe for Lazy Girl Cupcakes–because it’s no-fail and just consistent. And it calls for pretty standard stuff, nothing weird that I might not have on any given day.
- Never, ever ice your cupcakes without waiting for the cupcakes to cool completely. Any amount of frosting and warm cupcakes just makes a mess. So, let me say it for the folks in the back–wait for the cupcakes to cool.
- If your heart is just set on it, you can make a cream cheese frosting, sure. But the best, most light and fluffy frosting you can pipe with a decorating bag is this awesome homemade buttercream in this recipe, with confectioners sugar and all the sprinkles you could ever dream of.
How Do I Make this Cotton Candy Cupcakes?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- 12 Vanilla Cupcakes made with your favorite recipe
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 3-4 tbsp milk
- 1 drop red gel food coloring
- 1 drop blue gel food coloring
- Cotton candy (blue and pink)
- Bake your cupcakes per the directions in the recipe and allow them cool completely before decorating.
- Cream together butter, sugar and milk until light and fluffy to make your buttercream frosting. If your buttercream is too thin, add powdered sugar 1 tbsp at a time. If it is too thick, add more milk, ½ tbsp at a time.
- Divide you frosting into two bowls.
- Add red food coloring to one bowl of frosting and stir until the color is pink throughout.
- Add blue food coloring to the other frosting and stir until the color is light blue throughout.
- Scoop your pink frosting into ONE SIDE of a piping bag with a round icing tip attached. Fill the other side of the piping bag with the blue frosting.
- Frost each cupcake in a big swirl.
- Wrap each toothpick with a little bit of fondant. However, if you decide you will be displaying these cupcakes for long (on a sweet table at a party), and not serving immediately, I suggest using straws to display the cotton candy. While the fondant stick is delicious, over time, the cotton candy will collect the moisture from the fondant and melt/wilt.
- Place a generous serving of cotton candy on each fondant stick/straw. Insert into the cupcake before enjoying!
You will also need:
- 12 toothpicks + 2-3 oz. white fondant - OR - 4 white straws, cut into thirds**
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 587 Total Fat: 29g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 15g Cholesterol: 98mg Sodium: 332mg Carbohydrates: 82g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 69g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
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