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!

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


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


  • 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


  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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69 Responses

  1. Cupcake Crazy Gem

    These are adorable!! I love the two tone icing that matches the cotton candy colours perfectly – how awesome is that! Sorry to hear about the Chuck-e cheese disaster! Hopefully that will be your last invite there!

  2. Rebekah

    Thank you for posting this recipe! My baby girl is allergic to eggs and I've been looking for a tasty egg-free recipe for her first birthday cake!

  3. A Little Bit of Everything!

    Your post had me laughing! It is so true though. My kids love Chuck E Cheese and I avoid that place as much as I can.

    Your cupcakes also look fantastic!

  4. Chic Cookies

    So cute! My daughter is just starting to hit the birthday party circuit, so I shall take your warnings to heart! OK, gotta run to a 3 year old's birthday party! (No, really, gotta run to a 3 year old's birthday party).

  5. Jenn @ BentoForKidlet

    Uh-oh! We had my son's 4th birthday at the Cheese with his entire preschool class. I didn't know the moms would hate me for it :/ oops lol. I thought it was fun!

    I love the cotton candy cupcakes, they look amazing!

  6. magnolia

    I concur! It makes me feel yuck-o to be there. I have to admit (and I'm going to take a lot of bashing for this one) I feel the same way about Disney. And my kids are BEGGING to go to Disney. Only thing better about Chuck E. Cheese is that it's a lot cheaper than Disney.

  7. Melody

    You are so dang funny. The Chuck E. Cheese in Harrisburg has to have a police presence on the weekends because of "mom" fights. It's out of control.
    Love the cupcakes. Bookmarked!

  8. SprinkleBakes

    LOVE the title to this post, and it's so true! Haha~!

    Those are some seriously pretty cupcakes. The color is so dreamy 🙂

  9. Baking Momma

    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.

    Love the post.

  10. Loren Ebert

    My condolences! We avoid that place at all costs…and we refer to it as "Chuck-E-Sneeze" because inevitably at least one of the kids will come down with some kind of bug almost immediately.

    Love your cotton candy cupcakes!

  11. Joanne

    God I remember the chuck e. cheese phase of my life. I would be glad not to revisit that.

    The cupcakes are adorable! The icing looks JUST like cotton candy. I am SO impressed.

  12. I run for cake!

    Those cupcakes are adorable. What a great idea to add some cotton candy on top!I am thinking these would be great for a circus or baseball themed birthday party!

  13. Sue Sparks

    Awwww, memories! My grandchildren are all afraid of the Chuck E. Cheese character! If you do ever go again, Don't EVER go on a Saturday!!!

    I have wanted to make cupcakes like this(cotton candy)for so long! I love how the icing matches!

  14. Raina

    My kids are teenagers; so my Chuck E. Cheese days are over thank goodness. I remember that horrid place as if it were not fun for moms.

    Your cupcakes, of course, look amazing. My kids would go nuts over these. They love cotton candy. Thanks!

  15. baking.serendipity

    I used to work at a gym (much cleaner than Chuck E. Cheese, yet equal on the kids go-crazy for level) that hosted birthdays parties…age 1-8. Your post brought me back to those days…for better or worse 🙂 I love the cotton candy cupcakes thought! What a great idea 🙂

  16. Dream It Up Cookies

    I don't mind Chuck-e-cheese that much, but we only go like once or twice a year. My dad used to take us there once in a while when we were little. I can remember running through there in a craze with my hair flying wild behind me, LOL!

  17. Holly

    I made these a while ago for my kids-they loved them:) I found them in a princess party cook book. Oh yeah and chuck E cheese…UGH!!! lol

  18. Brenna Hawley

    These look wonderful! Now here's a question, how do you get your icing in there so well so that the two-tone looks so good? I try and get the icing all over myself 🙁

  19. Diane {}

    Love your cotton candy cupcakes they are so cute!Chuck-e-cheese is avoided at all costs, really I haven't been there in years and don't plan on going back…I'm a germ-a-fobe, and yes it certainly is a place for kids to be maniacs 🙂

  20. Amy

    Bless your heart – you are brave and a wonderful mother! I too cringe at the mere thought of CEC.
    Your cupcakes are just darling – too fun!

  21. Andrew's Mom

    I'd rather be the only woman let into Rikers on conjugal visit day that to go to a Chuck E Cheese birthday party on a weekend. Just saying.

  22. HoosierHomemade

    Don't you just love that 1M tip? It's my fave! Your cupcakes look amazing! As always 🙂 I love the idea of putting Cotton Candy on them.

  23. Kate

    I could not agree with you more on the whole Chuck E Cheese party. I was so glad when we got past that stage. Love these cupcakes. The frosting colors are absolutely beautiful!

  24. Kristie Maynard

    Oh I remember the Chuck E Cheese days. Luckily my kids are WAY past being invited to those types of parties. They did go to a couple of them, but I always breathed a sigh of relief when I opened an invite and it wasn't at CEC!!!

  25. grace

    confession: i'm 27 years old and obsessed with cotton candy. i love the pastel colors and i love the flavor and i love the way it dissolves in my mouth. these cupcakes, therefore, are tremendous to me. 🙂

  26. Molly

    Such a funny (and true) post. I can't stand Chuck E. Cheese either.

    I love how the matching icing colors lead up to the cotton candy – what a sweet treat! 🙂

  27. Lauryn

    lol! Love that story! I remember first hand how crazy my brother would get about going to chuck e cheese! The cupcakes look awesome! As always, you rock!

  28. Ingrid

    LOL, honestly I can't imagine teachers lovin' you much, sending in those insanely sugar loaded cuppy cakes! 🙂 Very cute and tasty treat!

  29. Deborah

    First of all, these cupcakes are amazingly cute!! And I have luckily never been to CEC, but I'm sure that will change when my daughter gets older!!

  30. Barbara

    Really cute cupcakes! Great idea to top with a chunk of cotton candy. It shouts celebration!

    As for CEC, it wasn't around when my kids were young; we had McDonalds which had just opened their first "restaurant" in our area. Everyone had birthday parties there.
    I guess my feeling is that it doesn't hurt to let the kids have a spurge once in a while.

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

  33. 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::

  34. 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

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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!

  43. 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

  44. 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!

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