Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Covid has everyone in a slump, why not cheer up the weekend with these fun cotton candy cupcake recipe! These treats are incredibly easy to make and can even be a fun activity to do with you kids. And it only takes 3 ingredients to make the batter!

Cupcake Ingredients

  • 355mL Cotton Candy Soda (can use cream soda, if needed)
  • 1-15oz Box White Cake Mix
  • Light Blue Food Dye, optional

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cotton Candy Soda (or use 1 teaspoon Cotton Candy flavor extract)
  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • 4 cups Powdered Icing Sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Milk
  • Light Blue Food Dye, optional
  • 2 cups Cotton Candy
  • 1 Packet Cotton Candy Poprocks (9g)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners and set aside.

3. In a large bowl, mix together the white cake mix and cotton candy soda for 2-3 minutes. Adjust the color with light blue food dye, if desired. (If using, make the cake batter a deeper blue than you want the finished cupcake to be as it will lighten with baking.)

4. Scoop the cupcake batter with a measuring cup into the cupcake liners.

5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

6. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting. (1 – 2 hours)

7. While waiting, place 1 cup of cotton candy soda in a saucepan and heat until boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce to medium-low and simmer until reduce to 1/4 (2 oz of soda should remain). Allow to cool completely.

8. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and powdered icing sugar for 2 minutes, then add the reduced cotton candy soda. Beat to mix well together, then add the milk as needed to achieve a spreadable texture. Adjust the color with blue food dye, if desired.

9. Scoop the frosting into a piping bag and snip off 1” off the tip.

10. Swirl the frosting onto the cupcakes and then around the edge to create a “basket” effect.

11. Smooth the ridges of the frosting with an offset spatula. Fill the basket with cotton candy and then garnish with poprocks.

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