Cotton Candy Flambé Surprise Recipe

Dive into the extravagance of the Cotton Candy Flambé Surprise, a dessert that combines the sweet tanginess of raspberry with the theatrical flair of a flambé. This dessert features a light raspberry cake topped with raspberry sorbet, wrapped in fluffy marshmallow fluff, and crowned with scorched cotton candy, creating a show-stopping presentation and an unforgettable taste experience.


For the Cake:

  • Cake Flour: 2 1/3 cups
  • Baking Powder: 3/4 tablespoon
  • Salt: 3/4 teaspoon
  • Butter: 1 1/2 cups, softened
  • Sugar: 1 cup, divided
  • Vanilla Extract: 1/2 tablespoon
  • Whole Milk: 1 cup
  • Egg Whites: 8
  • Raspberries: for garnish


  • Raspberry Sorbet
  • Marshmallow Fluff
  • Raspberry-flavored Cotton Candy
  • Brandy: 2 tablespoons (for flambé)


  1. Prepare the Cake:
    • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Butter a 9×13-inch cake pan and line it with parchment paper.
    • In a large bowl, whisk together cake flour, baking powder, and salt.
    • In another bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla.
    • Gradually mix in the dry ingredients alternately with milk, starting and ending with the flour mixture.
    • In a separate bowl, beat egg whites to stiff peaks and fold into the batter.
    • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  2. Assemble the Dessert:
    • Once the cake is cooled, top with scoops of raspberry sorbet.
    • Cover each scoop with marshmallow fluff.
    • Wrap the sorbet and fluff-topped cake in raspberry-flavored cotton candy.
    • Just before serving, drizzle with brandy and carefully light it to flambé.
  3. Serving:
    • Serve immediately after the flambé effect, garnished with fresh raspberries.


  • Fluffy Egg Whites: Ensure egg whites are at room temperature for maximum volume when beaten to stiff peaks.
  • Flambé Safety: When lighting the brandy, do so in a controlled environment and keep a fire extinguisher nearby as a precaution.
  • Serving Immediately: The flambé element is not only a dramatic presentation but also introduces a delightful caramelized flavor. Serve immediately to enjoy the full effect.


  1. Can I prepare parts of this dessert in advance?
    • Yes, the cake can be baked ahead of time and assembled with the sorbet and fluff shortly before serving.
  2. What alternatives can I use if I can’t find raspberry-flavored cotton candy?
    • You can use plain cotton candy and infuse it with raspberry extract or use food coloring to match the desired color.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Category: Dessert

Method: Baking, Flambé

Cuisine: Fusion


The Cotton Candy Flambé Surprise is not just a dessert; it’s an experience. Perfect for making a statement at celebrations, this dessert combines sweet and tangy flavors with a dramatic presentation, ensuring it will be the highlight of any dining occasion. Delight your guests with this unique and visually stunning dessert that tastes just as incredible as it looks.

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