A cupcake people of all ages will love! Tender vanilla cupcakes are topped with a cotton candy flavored buttercream and decorated with fresh cotton candy. So delicious!
Ready in: 50minutes
3/4cup (107g)all-purpose flour
3/4cup (100g)cake flour
1 1/2tspbaking powder
1/2cup (4 oz)unsalted butter,at room temperature
3/4cup + 2 Tbsp (180g)granulated sugar
1large egg,at room temperature
2large egg whites,at room temperature
1 1/2tspvanilla extract
1/2cup (120ml)milk(anything but skim)
Cotton Candy Buttercream
3/4cup (6 oz)unsalted butter,at room temperature
2 1/2cups (322g)powdered sugar
1 1/2Tbspcream or half and half,then more as needed
1/2tspcotton candy flavor,or to taste (1 tsp vanilla can be substituted)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift all-purpose flour and cake flour into a mixing bowl. Add baking powder and salt and whisk dry mixture, 20 seconds, set aside.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy. Scrape down bowl.
Mix in egg, then mix in egg whites one at a time, blending until combined after each addition and adding in vanilla with last egg white.
Working in three separate batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture, add 1/3 of the flour mixture (to the butter/egg mixture), alternating with 1/2 of the milk and mixing just until combined after each addition.
Divide batter among 12 paper lined muffin cups, filling about 2/3 full (about 1/4 cup batter in each). Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean, about 18 - 21 minutes. Cool in baking pan several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the mini cotton candy decoration, take pieces of cotton candy and shape into desired size (compacting as little as possible to keep it nice and fluffy), then take a lollipop stick, rinse top of stick under water (this just helps the cotton candy stick) then insert stick into bottom of cotton candy. Repeat to make 12.
Once cupcakes are cool frost with cotton candy frosting and insert a mini cotton candy stick into each (note that the cotton candy will begin to shrink after about 30 - 60 minutes depending on how humid or hot it may be so wait to make and add decoration until nearly ready to serve).
For the frosting:
In an the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter until pale and fluffy. Mix in cream, cotton candy flavor and powdered sugar (adding additional cream 1 tsp at a time as needed). Whip until light and fluffy, tint with pink or blue food coloring if desired.