Cotton Candy Cupcakes

These Cotton Candy Cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous, and they’re super easy to make! Colorful treats that are perfect for kids and special occasions.

Cotton Candy Cupcakes

A few weeks ago my kiddo was invited to a birthday party.
This is not an uncommon occurrence, as most moms of young children know.  Birthdays at the 1st grade level are a big deal.  Kid’s want to enjoy their day with their friends and receive lots of presents that they wouldn’t normally get…
While we are on that subject…Moms…please don’t buy my child anything that where assembly takes more than 20 minutes, anything with the words “adult supervision required” on the box, and especially anything that requires 9V batteries.  I mean, seriously, 9V batteries?  Any toy that requires the use of this rare battery that I NEVER have in my house will go to die in the toy graveyard that is our basement.  Save your money.
And while we love crafts in my house, please do not buy my kids anything that involves Plaster of Paris.
That’s just mean, ladies and gentlemen.
So, back to the invitation that we received.
It was one of those moments that I knew was inevitable.
It was a moment in time that had escaped me up until this point; a moment that I had hoped and wished and prayed would not come.
But I knew better and my time HAD come…
It was an invitation to Chuck E. Cheese.
Oh Lawd!
The millisecond my kids saw the invitation they started transformation.
Morphing into a Chuck E. Cheese child.
You KNOW  what I am talking about.
Almost instantly they were pumped with enough energy that 17 packs of Skittles and 4 cans of Mountain Dew could not touch.
It’s a strange phenomenon the Chuck E. Cheese effect (CECE).
You have spent your whole career as a mom trying to teach manners, hygiene and self-control and the moment they cross the threshold of  “the Cheese” everything you have worked so hard at goes literally down the crapper.
I looked at my sweet child and he had Scooby-Doo zombie eyes…you know where they have those swirls going round and round instead of pupils?  I had lost my precious child for the next 2 hours.
I knew I wouldn’t have him back until the CECE wore off in our car driving home, so I had to deal with the monster while he was alive.
We, literally, ran from machine to machine, tossing in quarters, holding onto E.Coli covered arcade joy-sticks.  We tossed Skee-Balls until we had enough treasured “tickets” to buy the coveted 2″ long rubber snake and ate pizza that only someone coming off the Master Cleanse could enjoy.

The creepy robot Chuck E. Cheese band entertained the zombieschildren and we got a picture with Chuck, himself.

 (See their eyes?  They’re zombied out.)

I left that God-forsaken place feeling chewed up and spit out; dirty, literally and figuratively.
Within a few hours and after a hot shower I had my child back.
So, here’s the lesson for anyone who is reading this:
Be a kind mom and just say no when your child mentions Chuck E. Cheese for his/her birthday party.  Do it in a loving way, telling him for his own good and for your standing in the mom community.
Because trust me, mom’s will not forgive that one ladies 🙂
In the spirit of birthday parties, here’s a sweet cupcake that I took to school for my son to share with his classmates.  The special thing about these are they are egg-free, for those with egg allergies and they are DELICIOUS ~ you won’t miss the egg at all!

Once your cupcakes are baked you will have to frost them…Here’s a “how-to” on how to get pretty swirled frosting…

For the frosting I used my buttercream recipe and tinted half the frosting pale pink and half pale blue to resemble cotton candy.
I filled my piping bag with half of each color…
…and using my 1M tip I swirled on the frosting.
I bought some cotton candy at the supermarket (they sold it in tubs) and topped each cupcake with cotton candy.

Important Tip

If you are going to top with cotton candy DO NOT do this step until you are ready to serve.  Otherwise the cotton candy shrivels into sad little globs on the cupcakes from any moisture in the air and the frosting.  Not cute.
But if done timely…
 Disclaimer ~ the opinion expressed here is mine alone and in no way is meant to offend any crazy Chuck E. Cheese lovin’ people.
Have a great day!
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Egg Free Cupcakes

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description:

These Cotton Candy Cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous, and they’re super easy to make! Colorful treats that are perfect for kids and special occasions.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups cake flour

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Sift dry ingredients together, set aside.
  3. In mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla to the measured out milk and add milk and flour in alternate batches beginning and ending with the flour. After ingredients are combined beat for about 1 minute on medium speed.
  4. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full and bake for approx. 20 minutes until centers are set and toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool on wire rack until you are ready to frost.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Kraftgiftbox

A lovely mom and cool recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Micheal

Cupcakes are one of the most popular bakery items nowadays. And Those look amazing and I have never tried a recipe without egg and have so been wanting to try different recipes. Thanks for sharing. Now, this is one I will have to try. will also pack them in unique and attractive cupcake boxes to present them in an effective way.

April

I just had to come back here and tell you what a fabulous recipe you’ve got here! I tried it and it’s now my “go to” recipe for white cake!

Erla Run
Erla Run

Hi, thanks for the wonderful recipe!! I just tried it for the first time and it turned out delicious 🙂 my girls are allergic to eggs and dairy so i used organic rice milk instead of regular and that worked just fine.
Will be coming back for more recipes and inspiration

Shama
Shama

I just loved this simple recipe . If you have more on egg free do post them so that we can enjoy these lovely treats .

Steph
Steph

How did you put the 2 colours in the piping bag? Directly into one bag, or in separate ones?

Thanks!

evie
evie

THIS RECIPE ROCKS!!!! I made these last night and they are soooo good. This is on the heels of trying another egg free recipe that was a total flop. I have a cake business and needed an egg free recipe…this is it! I recommend this recipe 100%, follow it to a T and you wont be disappointed! Thanks so MUCH for sharing!

Sammy
Sammy

Sigh… can't make up my mind which cupcake is the cutest.

Sammy
Sammy

Sigh… can't make up my mind which cupcake is the cutest.

Kudos Kitchen
Kudos Kitchen

Oh boy, did this post bring back floods of memories. I too used the dread the Chuck E. Cheese parties and live in fear of those particular invitations. Your writing is so funny. I truly enjoyed reading it and your cupcakes look amazing. All I can say is, enjoy the times you have now, even if they're at a Chuck E. Cheese party. This is the good stuff (believe it) because all to soon, it will be a distant memory and those little ones of yours will be all grown up in the blink of an eye.

KrisMcmillen07??
KrisMcmillen07??
Jennifer
Jennifer

I'm sooo right there with you. We had to go to CEC for my niece's b-day a few years ago and it was pure torture. I pray, we'll never have to do it with our son. this is a great, funny post.

bridget {bake at 350}
bridget {bake at 350}

Amen, sister! "holding onto E.Coli covered arcade joy-sticks" Ewww…I really feel the need for a shower after being in that place. Luckily at 11, CEC is no longer the cool place for parties!

The cupcakes are just plain awesome! Your kids' friends must be lined up at your door.

kuriouskitteh
kuriouskitteh

You literally had me laughing out loud by the time I read CECE XD.
But those cupcakes are all sorts of crazy-creative-cool, love it!

~Kurious Kitteh

Megan
Megan

I love these. What a fun cupcake.

Monica H
Monica H

The icing is so pretty i can't get over it!

Mimi
Mimi

When the kids were small and we got an invite to CEC, my husband and I would draw straws over who had to go to the party with the kids. My kids are teenagers so thankfully my CEC days are over.
I'm a cotton candy lover, so these are perfect cupcakes.
Mimi

Shauna from Piece of Cake
Shauna from Piece of Cake

Seriously, these cupcakes are so perfect I could die. There is a place in SF that sells a cotton candy cupcake and now I'm drooling for one.

Also, I feel dirty just reading about how you had to go to Chuck E. Cheese. My condolences.

CookiePie
CookiePie

I love those cupcakes!

OMG – you are scaring me with your tale of CECE. I fear the day my little one gets invited there! I may call you for moral support!

Judy Nebeker
Judy Nebeker

I love your blog! Such awesome recipes. These cupcakes are so creative and cute, can't wait to give them a try. I dislike the Chuckie Cheese rat as well. Who ever thought a human size mouse was a good idea. LOL

Kristin Morris
Kristin Morris

These cupcakes are sooo dern cute! I made these cupcakes that were made the same, but with different colors, great minds think alike! And I have to COMPLETELY agree with the whole CECE thing. I tell my mommies not to invite me if it is going to be there. LOL. They all look at me like, duh, were not crazy enough to go there! 🙂 Love the blog! ::Kristin::
kuppykakesbykristin.blogspot.com

Natalie...
Natalie...

Ah wow these look great, i love how youve done the frosting two colours, ive been wanting to try that for a while hehe.

Rachel@oneprettything.com
Rachel@oneprettything.com

Wow, those are gorgeous! I bet they're amazing! Thanks so much for the how-to, I'll be linking.

Half Baked
Half Baked

I'm loving this – fits in well with the cotton candy trend I'm seeing everywhere. Thanks for sharing!

Oh – and I LOVE your ice cream cone cupcakes from the previous post. Way adorable!

FireintheBreeze
FireintheBreeze

gorgeous post! piping two tone colours NEVER works for me 🙁

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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