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Cotton Candy Cupcakes

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Think cotton candy only belongs at the fair or carnival? WRONG! Cotton candy cupcakes are perfect for your next party. These sweet and delicious treats are made with fluffy cotton candy frosting and colorful sprinkles.

These sweet and delicious cotton candy cupcakes will be the hit of the party. Perfect for birthday parties, baby showers, or just because. So why wait? Get baking!

I LOVE cotton candy.

When I was a child, we had a cotton candy machine at my house. It was AMAZING. We actually still have it, but I’m kind of afraid the plug will cause an electrical fire, so my kids haven’t experienced the awesomeness that is this cotton candy machine.

It’s sad. I know!

I also love cupcakes. If I have a choice between cupcakes and an actual cake, I’m going to choose cupcakes, hands down. They just taste better! Plus, you can have two and not feel guilty. Two slices of cake, and that’s a completely different story.

What if we could combine two of my favorite things – cotton candy and cupcakes?

Wouldn’t that be amazing?!

YES! Yes, it would. So we did.

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Cotton candy cupcakes

Sweet and Delicious Cotton Candy Cupcakes


Cotton Candy Buttercream

Don’t forget the cotton candy and cupcake liners.

How to Make Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 375F and line your muffin trays with cute liners.

Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Add in the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla.

Make a paste with the food coloring and cocoa and add to butter-sugar mixture.

Use that same bowl to mix the flour, baking soda, and salt.

Add to the butter mixture slowly, and then add the buttermilk and vinegar, stirring until just incorporated.

Add salt and flour with buttermilk.

Portion 1/4 cup portions of batter into your cupcake liners.

Bake 18-22 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Cool cake thoroughly before frosting.Cream the butter and 4 cups of the icing sugar together. Add the flavor extracts and a few drops of food coloring, and add more cream or sugar to achieve your desired consistency.

Spoon the frosting into a piping bag and swirl onto your cooled cupcakes.

Then tear off pieces of cotton candy and add them to the top.

These Cotton Candy Cupcakes are so cute and delicious!! Perfect for your next party! They would pair perfectly with these lollipop cookies!

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Tina J Egan

Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

Do these transport well in a container? Or do you think the cotton candy will melt into a sugary mess?


Thursday 24th of March 2022

If transporting, I would add the cotton candy to the top once you get there!


Saturday 14th of September 2019

So will the cupcakes be cotton candy flavored also, or just the icing?


Monday 16th of September 2019

Not unless you add the cotton candy flavoring to the batter.


Monday 21st of January 2019

Can I use regular all purpose flour instead?


Monday 21st of January 2019

Yes! All-purpose flour works too.