Cotton Candy Cupcakes

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What could be more magical than enjoying a delicious cupcake that tastes like cotton candy? These candy floss cupcakes are sure to please everyone at your next party. They’re easy to make, and the pink and blue frosting on top is just perfect.

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Cotton candy is very popular with the kids because it is sweet and fluffy. Cotton candy cupcakes are a way to enjoy that delicious flavor in cake form. They are easy to make, and they always taste great at parties. Plus, they have layers of pink and blue inside the cupcake and delicious cotton candy tasting frosting on top!

These fairy floss cupcakes with swirled frosting would be perfect for a girls pretty in pink party, Unicorn or an ice cream party! They would also be great for a baby shower. You could even use different colors of glitter or sprinkles on top of the cupcakes to match the theme of your party. With so many possibilities, the sky is the limit! So have fun and enjoy your cupcakes!

Pretty Cotton candy cupcake

Ingredients needed to make the Cotton Candy cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:

Cotton candy cupcake ingredients

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks salted butter, softened 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon sour cream
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream 
  • Cotton Candy Flavoring
  • Blue and pink gel food coloring
  • Cotton candy (optional)
  • 3 small bowls
  • 3 small piping bags
  • 1 large piping bag, 1 large star frosting tip
Cotton candy cupcake steps

How to make the Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Instructions for cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix, cheesecake pudding mix, use a hand or stand mixer, add the oil, egg whites, and sour cream. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes, until ingredients are combined well.

Divide batter evenly into 2 mixing bowls, add the pink food coloring to one bowl and the blue food coloring to the other. Add as much food coloring for the desired color you like.

Pour the pink and blue batter into the lined muffin tray, alternate between the 2 colors, fill 2/3 full

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cotton candy cupcake in muffin tray

Directions for Frosting

In a large mixing bowl cream the butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and creamy. Add in the vanilla extract, and cotton candy flavoring, this flavoring is quite strong so try 1-2 drops to start and taste.

Slowly mix in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, while alternating 1 tablespoon of the heavy cream and 1 teaspoon of the sour cream. Continue to mix until creamy and stiff peaks form. If the frosting is too “weak” add a bit more powdered sugar until it stiffens up.

Then you will need to divide the frosting into 3 bowls. Add the blue food coloring to one bowl and the pink to the other, 1 drop at a time and mix until desired color is achieved. Leave the other bowl without color.

Add each color to its own small piping bag until you have 3 bags of frosting. Cut the tips off the smaller bags and then insert them into the large, prepared piping bag. 

Before frosting your cupcakes, squeeze out a bit onto a plate until you see all the colors come out.

Pipe the frosting on the cupcakes in a swirl motion. If desired, add some edible glitter and/or cotton candy to the top of each cupcake.

Cotton candy cupcake icing

Makes 24 cupcakes

Recipe notes and tips:

While the recipe is straightforward, it is always nice to have a few different tips and suggestions to make things easier. So here are some of the recipe notes and tips to help you out:

  • If you want to make things easier, you can use a box mix for the cupcakes. However, if you want to make them from scratch, feel free to use your favorite recipe.
  • Make sure the butter is softened before beginning to make the frosting. This will make it much easier to cream together.
Pretty Cotton candy cupcakes on plate
  • If you find that your frosting is too runny, simply add more powdered sugar until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • Be careful not to overmix the batter once the egg whites have been added. overmixing can result in tough cupcakes.

Variations to try:

Like with many recipes there will always be variations to try. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Use different food colorings to achieve different colors for the frosting.
  • Add some sprinkles or other decorations to the top of the cupcakes before serving.
  • Try using different flavors of cotton candy to mix into the frosting. You could even use a cotton candy syrup!
  • For a fun twist, try using white chocolate chips instead of regular chocolate chips in the batter.

If you love these cotton candy cupcakes, then you’ll definitely want to try our other cupcake recipes! We’ve got everything from flamingo strawberry cupcakes to Beauty and The Beast cupcakes. So be sure to browse through our entire collection of party cupcakes!

We hope you enjoy these delicious cotton candy cupcakes recipe! If you try any of our suggested variations, be sure to let us know how they turn out in the comments. And don’t forget to share photos of your creation with us

Cotton candy cupcake cut in half on white plate with cup of milk


Like with any recipe, there are often questions that need answering. I thought I would share some of the common questions here, but if you have any comments or questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch directly.

Can I use a different flavor of cotton candy?

Sure! You could try using a different flavor of cotton candy or even a cotton candy syrup, but try to stick to candy cotton flavor for these cupcakes

How can I make these cupcakes gluten free?

If you need to make these cupcakes gluten free, simply substitute the all-purpose flour for a gluten free all-purpose flour blend or buy a gluten free cake mix

Can I use a different type of frosting?

A: Yes, you could definitely use a different type of frosting. A buttercream frosting would be delicious!

We hope you enjoyed these cotton candy floss cupcakes recipe If you have any questions or comments please feel free to get in touch. And don’t forget to share photos

These fairy floss cupcakes are perfect for any party or celebration! They’re so easy to make and they always taste great. So gather your ingredients and get started! You’ll be sure to impress everyone with these delicious cupcakes.

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