Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Raise your hand if you or your kids would love Cotton Candy Cupcakes!!

Cotton Candy Cupcakes

It’s summertime here at our house and that means mama and kids are both home and we have plenty of time for hanging out and baking treats. Now, I don’t know about you and your kids, but here at our house we love cotton candy! The only problem is that the giant cones of spun sugar are usually only found at fairs, carnivals, or if you are lucky enough to attend a party where they have it. My kids recently saw the little containers of cotton candy at the store and begged for me to buy some…but seriously that little container was only enough to give them each a tiny handful. But why not buy the cotton candy and use it to make some fun cupcakes?! My kids love to help me bake and I knew that they would love the extra ‘fun’ and flavor of cotton candy! Enjoy!

Cupcake Directions

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1 egg, plus 2 egg yolks, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup cotton candy

ingredients for cotton candy cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners and place to the side.

In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter, sour cream, egg, yolks, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Stir in the cotton candy until evenly distributed -do not over mix.

Get 3-4 small bowls scoop equal amount of cake mix in each bowl. Add 1 drop of food coloring to each bowl mixing until you get the desired color of choice.

Cotton Candy Cupcake Prep

Using a large spoon add a scoop of cake mix from each color filling the cupcake holder. Do not over fill.

Cotton Cupcakes Process before Oven

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Cupcake Frosting
1 1/2 to 3 teaspoons heavy cream
1 ounce cotton candy
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter softened
4 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients for Cotton Candy Frosting

In a bowl, pour 1 1/2 teaspoons of the heavy cream over the cotton candy to melt it place to the side

In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until thoroughly combined. Stir in the vanilla and melted cotton candy. Beat on medium high until light and fluffy add the remaining cream.

To Decorate

Get 3-4 small bowls fill with equal parts icing. Add food coloring to each of color of choice. Mix until completely blended to the color of choice.

Use a pastry bag and a LARGE Star tip:  fill the pastry bag with scoops from each color of icing using your hand start at one spot on the cupcake ago around the edge with icing continue the motion building a cone shape and covering the whole cupcake.

Cotton Candy Frosting

Now place a small piece of cotton candy on top for decoration and voila…your kids will be in sugar heaven with these adorable and delicious Cotton Candy Cupcakes!

Cotton Candy Cupcakes


If you are looking for more fun cooking with kids ideas, then check out this DIY Microwave Koolaid Playdoh, or this cool Bagel Snake Pizza!