Cotton Candy (Candy Floss) Cupcakes

Cotton Candy (Candy Floss) Cupcakes

Cotton Candy (Candy Floss) Cupcakes

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Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins

Yield: 24 cupcakes

These cotton candy (candy floss) cupcakes are all the fun and charm of the fair but without the puke inducing rides.



  • 1 cup (225g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 1¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups (380g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk


  • 1 cup (225g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 6-8 cups (750g-1kg) icing (confectioners’) sugar
  • ½ cup (125ml) milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 handful of cotton candy (candy floss)



  1. Preheat the oven to 180℃/350℉/Gas Mark 4 and line 2 muffin trays with 24 paper liners.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add the vanilla and eggs and mix until incorporated.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt then add to the butter mixture alternating with the milk.
  4. Spoon the batter into the paper liners until ½-¾ full.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until firm in the centre and light golden brown on top.
  6. Once baked, allow the cupcakes to cool in the muffin tray for 5 minutes before turning out to cool completely.


  1. Cream the butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Gradually add 4 cups of icing (confectioners’) sugar then add the milk and the vanilla extract then continue creaming until light and fluffy.
  3. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar.
  4. Add a few drops of food colouring and mix thoroughly until it’s at your desired shade.
  5. Stir in the small pieces of cotton candy, stirring until incorporated. It may melt a little bit into the frosting; this is OK.
  6. Optional topping: tear off chunks of cotton candy and use as garnish; do this last step immediately before serving, because it will wilt if left out.


If you can’t get your hands on any cotton candy and you’re lucky enough to be in the US, you can easily substitute the cotton candy for the Duncan Hines cotton candy flavoured frosting creations.

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