Cotton Candy Cupcakes Recipe

Step right up to a delightful treat that captures the essence of a funfair—Cotton Candy Cupcakes! These whimsical cupcakes combine the nostalgic flavors of cotton candy with the colorful joy of a carnival. Perfect for parties or a special treat for cotton candy lovers, they’re a festive addition to any dessert table.


For the Cupcake Wonderland

  • 1 box premium white cake mix
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cotton candy flavoring
  • Pink and blue food coloring

For the Whimsical Frosting & Dazzling Toppings

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 to 1½ tsp cotton candy flavoring
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream or milk
  • 3-4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Blue and pink sanding sugar
  • Blue and pink cotton candy
  • Popsicle sticks


Prepare and Bake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. Mix cake mix, egg whites, oil, water, and flavoring until smooth. Divide and color the batter.
  3. Layer the pink and blue batters in the muffin cups. Bake for 15-18 minutes.

Make the Frosting

  1. While cupcakes cool, whip butter, vanilla, flavoring, and sugar. Gradually add cream to achieve desired consistency.
  2. Divide and tint the frosting pink and blue.


  1. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with sanding sugar.
  2. Attach cotton candy to popsicle sticks and adorn each cupcake just before serving.


  • Use gel food coloring for vibrant colors.
  • Add cotton candy garnishes just before serving to prevent them from dissolving.


Q: How can I prevent the cotton candy from melting on the cupcakes? A: Attach the cotton candy just before serving to ensure it retains its fluffy texture.

Q: Can I make these cupcakes ahead of time? A: Yes, you can bake the cupcakes a day in advance, but add the frosting and decorations on the day of serving for best results.

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

18 minutes

Total Time

About 1 hour (including decoration and cooling)


Makes about 24 cupcakes










Cotton Candy Cupcakes are a delightful way to bring a touch of carnival magic to any celebration. These colorful and tasty treats not only look spectacular but are also sure to be a hit with guests of all ages. Whether you’re throwing a birthday party, a baby shower, or just indulging in a sweet fantasy, these cupcakes promise a taste of the extraordinary. Enjoy the smiles they bring as much as the unique flavor they offer!

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