Funfetti Cupcakes with Cotton Candy Frosting


You know what’s great therapy? Baking. Saturday morning I baked a whirlwind of treats, including these cupcakes, which I made for a movie night at Brian’s house. The funfetti cupcakes are from a recipe I found over at Crazy for Crust, originally from How Sweet it is. The frosting is also adapted from that same recipe, but I changed it a bit to make it smooth and creamy, but also fluffy and with cotton candy flavor.


The cupcakes are moist and delicious, and taste just like they came out of a box. I definitely have a new favorite homemade cake recipe! The frosting is creamy, sweet, and tastes like cotton candy, but it isn’t overwhelming. I simply whipped the butter, slowly mixed in the the powdered sugar, and about 2 teaspoons of whole milk. Heavy cream would have made the frosting fluffier, but I didn’t have any on hand and I had no time to go buy some. The fluffier you want your frosting, the higher fat content you’ll want in your milk; hence why I chose to use whole milk, rather than 1% like I usually use. I also threw in a pinch (or two!) of salt, simply to cut the sweetness so it wasn’t too overwhelming. I find that, while I have a VERY sweet tooth, some frostings are so sugary and sweet I feel like my teeth are rotting as I eat. (Lovely description, I know.) I don’t find that very pleasant, so I add salt. After the frosting was made, I mixed in one packet of Dunken Hines frosting creations mix; naturally I used cotton candy flavor. However, you could use any flavor you want- I’m sure they’re all fantastic!


Here’s the recipe:

(yields 12 large cupcakes)


For the cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup sprinkles, plus more for decoration if desired.
  • 24 jellybeans to top cupcakes, if desired.

For the Frosting

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk or heavy cream (if needed)
  • 1 packet dunken hines frosting creations cotton candy flavoring


  1. preheat muffin tin to 350. line muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. whisk together flour and baking powder in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. beat the butter and sugar together in a mixer until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until just combined. Add half of the dry ingredients and mix until combined; add the milk and stir, then add the rest of the ingredients. Fold in the sprinkles.
  4. pour into the prepared pans about 2/3 full and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
  5. To make the frosting: Beat the butter in a large bowl (i used the bowl of my stand mixer; but used my hand mixer to make the frosting) until creamy. mix in the powdered sugar; about 1/2 cup at a time. mix in the vanilla. If the frosting is too thick, mix in the milk/cream about 1 teaspoon at a time until it has reached desired consistency. Mix in the packet of flavoring with a spoon or rubber spatula, and spread onto cooled cupcakes.

4 Comments on Funfetti Cupcakes with Cotton Candy Frosting

  1. Sally
    April 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm (3 years ago)

    I need to get my hands on that frosting flavor. :) These look wonderful!


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