Amazing Cotton Candy Cupcakes Recipe from Scratch

Amazing Cotton Candy Cupcakes Recipe From Scratch

If you are looking for a unique and delicious dessert, this amazing cotton candy cupcakes recipe from scratch is just for you. The combination of a fluffy cupcake with delicious cotton candy is perfect for anyone with a major sweet tooth.

Whether for a kid’s birthday party or a bake sale, this cupcake recipe will be a hit. They are a perfect treat for anyone who is a fan of cotton candy. This recipe requires no prior baking experience, making it a great recipe to make no matter your skill level.

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What You Will Need To Follow These Instructions

To make this cotton candy cupcakes recipe from scratch by WV Living Magazine, you will need:

For the Cupcakes

  • 3 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  •  1 1/2 teaspoons cotton candy extract or pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk

For the Frosting

  • 4 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 package cotton candy, store-bought
  • Red food coloring

Equipment

  • Electric mixer
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Muffin tin
  • Cupcake liners
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wire rack
  • Rubber spatula
  • Whisk
  • Medium saucepan
  • Heat-proof bowl

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Step By Step Instructions

Step One: Preheat the Oven and Prepare the Muffin Tin

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Step Two: Cream the Butter and Sugar

With the electric mixer using a paddle attachment, cream the butter until fluffy. Add the sugar and continue creaming. Once the mixture is fluffy, add in the cotton candy extract or vanilla extract.

Step Three: Add the Eggs

Once the vanilla has been incorporated into the mixture, add the eggs. Add the eggs in one at a time, incorporating well after each addition.

Step Four: Combine the Dry Ingredients

In a medium bowl, sift the cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined.

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Step Five: Add the Dry Ingredients and Milk Into the Wet Ingredients

Alternate adding the milk and dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix well after each addition, until all the ingredients are combined.

Step Six: Bake the Cupcakes

Pour the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them 2/3 full. Bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool on the wire rack.

Step Seven: Make the Frosting

Add water to a medium saucepan and heat to a simmer and add a heat-proof bowl on top, or use a double broiler. Add the egg whites and sugar to the bowl, whisking for about three minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved.

Beat the mixture on high with an electric mixer for about 15 minutes, or until cool. Add the butter in one tablespoon at a time, incorporating well after each addition. Next, add the vanilla extract and food coloring to achieve a pink color, mixing until fully incorporated.

Make the Frosting

Add the cotton candy to the frosting by pinches, carefully mixing until just incorporated. Frost the cooled cupcakes and top with a pinch of cotton candy.

Servings and Preparation Time

Servings and Preparation time to make Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Tips And Tricks To Make Cotton Candy Cupcakes Recipe From Scratch

Replacing the pure vanilla extract in the cupcakes with cotton candy extract will give it a lovely, unique cotton candy flavor. However, if you are unable to find cotton candy extract, you can use the vanilla extract and you will still have a delicious cupcake.

Since the frosting on these cupcakes is egg-based, they should be stored in the fridge. They can be kept in an airtight container for up to five days in the fridge. If desired, let them sit out for 3o minutes to bring them to room temperature before serving.

These cupcakes can also be frozen as well if you want to save time and make them ahead. Carefully wrap them in plastic wrap and then place them in a Ziploc bag. Freeze them for up to six months and let them thaw in the fridge overnight or at room temperature for two hours.

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Amazing Cotton Candy Cupcakes Recipe From Scratch

If you are looking for a unique and delicious dessert, this amazing cotton candy cupcakes recipe from scratch is just for you. The combination of a fluffy cupcake with delicious cotton candy is perfect for anyone with a major sweet tooth.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Amazing Cotton Candy Cupcakes Recipe From Scratch
Servings: 12
Author: cakedecorist.com

Equipment

Ingredients
  

For the Cupcakes

  • 3 cups cake flour sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cotton candy extract or pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk

For the Frosting

  • 4 sticks unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 package cotton candy store-bought
  • Red food coloring

Instructions

  • Preheat the Oven and Prepare the Muffin Tin - Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  • Cream the Butter and Sugar - With the electric mixer using a paddle attachment, cream the butter until fluffy. Add the sugar and continue creaming. Once the mixture is fluffy, add in the cotton candy extract or vanilla extract.
  • Add the Eggs - Once the vanilla has been incorporated into the mixture, add the eggs. Add the eggs in one at a time, incorporating well after each addition.
  • Combine the Dry Ingredients - In a medium bowl, sift the cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined.
  • Add the Dry Ingredients and Milk Into the Wet Ingredients - Alternate adding the milk and dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix well after each addition, until all the ingredients are combined.
  • Bake the Cupcakes - Pour the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them 2/3 full. Bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool on the wire rack.

Make the Frosting

  • Add water to a medium saucepan and heat to a simmer and add a heat-proof bowl on top, or use a double broiler. Add the egg whites and sugar to the bowl, whisking for about three minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Beat the mixture on high with an electric mixer for about 15 minutes, or until cool. Add the butter in one tablespoon at a time, incorporating well after each addition. Next, add the vanilla extract and food coloring to achieve a pink color, mixing until fully incorporated.
  • Add the cotton candy to the frosting by pinches, carefully mixing until just incorporated. Frost the cooled cupcakes and top with a pinch of cotton candy.

Notes

Replacing the pure vanilla extract in the cupcakes with cotton candy extract will give it a lovely, unique cotton candy flavor. However, if you are unable to find cotton candy extract, you can use the vanilla extract and you will still have a delicious cupcake.
Since the frosting on these cupcakes is egg-based, they should be stored in the fridge. They can be kept in an airtight container for up to five days in the fridge. If desired, let them sit out for 3o minutes to bring them to room temperature before serving.
These cupcakes can also be frozen as well if you want to save time and make them ahead. Carefully wrap them in plastic wrap and then place them in a Ziploc bag. Freeze them for up to six months and let them thaw in the fridge overnight or at room temperature for two hours.
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The Perfect Cotton Candy Cupcakes Recipe From Scratch

From birthday parties to baking sales or just to meet a sweet-tooth craving, these cotton candy cupcakes will be a favorite. The combination of moist, fluffy cupcakes with sweet, irresistible cotton candy makes for a mouthwatering dessert. They will be a hit any time you bake them.

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