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Cotton Candy Cupcakes {contributor Sara}

Happy Monday, everyone! It’s me, Sara from Bitz & Giggles back again this month to share some more sweet fun with you. . .this time in form of cupcakes! A couple weeks ago I shared this super sweet and refreshing Cotton Candy Lemonade on my blog, and realized just recently that I still had a good amount of delicious cotton candy leftover! How did that happen, you ask? Well, I had placed the container in the highest cabinet we have in our kitchen and, honestly, I almost forgot about it.  I know, I know. How horrible is that? Well, I can assure you, I didn’t let it go to waste.

Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Cotton Candy Frosting on top of blue ombre cupcakes, garnished with more cotton candy, could it get any better?!

Today I’m sharing these crazy cool Cotton Candy Cupcakes! But, it’s not the actual cupcake recipe that’s crazy cool, it’s the frosting and the glamorous toppings. The cupcakes themselves are made out of a box mix. Gah! I know, I know – it’s just been one of those weeks. I whipped up some fluffy frosting that has real cotton candy mixed in – the cotton candy flavor is subtle, but adds a bit of candy sweetness to the vanilla cupcakes I made.

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So, after the standard cast of characters like the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and heavy whipping cream, I added about a cup (okay, maybe a little more) of fluffy cotton candy. Yep, I did. And. . .it’s delicious.

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I made sure not to mix it all in completely either. Can you see the little specks of cotton candy still in the frosting? That’s a whole lot of goodness, my friends.

Cotton Candy Frosting on top of blue ombre cupcakes, garnished with more cotton candy, could it get any better?!
There’s no need to lick the screen, this frosting is simple and quick. It goes together in a flash, so you can make your own. Before I frosted my cupcakes, I added a little blue food coloring. Then. . . I bedazzled them. . .slightly, because who doesn’t like a bit of glitz and glamour?
Cotton Candy Frosting on top of blue ombre cupcakes, garnished with more cotton candy, could it get any better?!
What is that stuff you ask? Rock candy crystals – cotton candy-flavored rock candy crystals to be exact. You can find rock candy crystals in specialty candy stores and, of course, online through Amazon, where I found mine.
This stuff is so good. In fact, while I was making the frosting, I thought about eating some of the rock candy by the spoonful. . .so I did. And then I thought about eating a bit more of the cotton candy that was sitting there on the counter. . .so I did. And my final thought was, why don’t I top the cupcake with some cotton candy, too? Genius.
Cotton Candy Frosting on top of blue ombre cupcakes, garnished with more cotton candy, could it get any better?!
Ok, so I’m a little cotton candy crazy. Can you blame me? It’s exactly one month until my hometown’s annual fair. If you grew up where I did, you’d know that that’s a pretty big deal. We never leave the fair without a bag. . .or two of cotton candy. . .each day (we’re there Thursday – Sunday). So, let’s just say I’m in training.
If YOU love cotton candy too, you need to make these ASAP. And before I leave today, I want to share one more little surprise with you. Even though I used a standard box mix for the cupcakes, that doesn’t mean they’re standard by any means. I dressed up the outside, but I also dressed up the INSIDE. I created an awesome ombre effect – it took me two tries, but I did it!
Come on over to Bitz & Giggles where I’m sharing a step-by-step tutorial to making these ombre cupcakes. There’s a trick to it and I finally figured it out, but only after a MAJOR ombre FAIL the first time! I can’t wait for you to visit!
Cotton Candy Frosting on top of blue ombre cupcakes, garnished with more cotton candy, could it get any better?!

Cotton Candy Cupcakes
Cotton candy garnish should not physically touch the frosting or the cupcakes. Use half of a straw or lollipop stick to place a small fluff of cotton candy onto. For this step, I also used gloves, believe it or not. It keeps the cotton candy fluffy and fresh. For the cupcakes recipe visit Bitz & Giggles
Cotton Candy Frosting:
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup cotton candy
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Food coloring (optional)
  1. Mix together the sugar and softened butter on low speed, then increase speed until the mixture starts to form peaks.
  2. Add the heavy cream, vanilla and continue to mix until well-blended.
  3. Add some food coloring to the frosting if you would like.
  4. Toss in the cotton candy and stir with a spoon just to break the larger pieces of cotton candy up.
  5. Allow cupcakes to cool, then frost and top with crushed rock candy and extra cotton candy placed on a lollipop stick.

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13 Wonderful Comments

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    Jessica J says:
    July 22, 2014

    Cotton Candy Cupcakes? These look great for a Frozen themed party! Love them 🙂

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    Bobbi says:
    July 22, 2014

    This is genius!! Absolutely genius! Pinning it!

    Oh, and I have to lick screen to hold me over till I can get the cotton candy 😉

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Julie V. says:
    July 22, 2014

    What a cool idea to put cotton candy in frosting! I love the way the colors came out. Thank you.

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    Audrey says:
    July 22, 2014

    I have to buy cotton candy every single time we go to a carnival, fair, etc. and always have a ton leftover. My guys are going to love this idea.

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    July 24, 2014

    Oh WOW, now you have really gone off the charts with this one! Shared around the planet and featured on my fb page. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

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    July 24, 2014

    a sweet delight! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

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    Mallory says:
    July 24, 2014

    These are so much fun! The remind me of a carnival!

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    Shambray says:
    July 25, 2014

    I think my daughter will love these! I pinned and now I need to make them!

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    Karly says:
    July 27, 2014

    What a fun dessert! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

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    July 29, 2014

    These look WAY TOO FUN!!! I never would have thought to put cotton candy in the frosting…but now of course I’ll be thinking of it non-stop. 😉 Thanks for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday- I hope you’ll come back again next week! 🙂

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

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    Cathy Mini says:
    July 30, 2014

    Beautiful colors! These would be cute to do with a Dr. Seuss party or something!

    ~Cathy Mini~

  12. avatar
    July 31, 2014

    Hi again! Just wanted to let you know some exciting news!!

    I am featuring your blog (and Sara’s recipe) on Sunday over at at the next Bewitchin Projects party! Be sure to stop by and grab a featured button!

    ~Cathy Mini~

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