Day 353 – Cotton Candy Cupcakes

19 Jul

Some days just require a cupcake to make you smile.  Nothing fancy.  Nothing frivolous.  Just happiness in cupcake form.  And these Cotton Candy Cupcakes (recipe below from Becoming Lola) look like just that!

Vanilla-Bean-Cupcake     Mini-Vanilla-Bean-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense. A little sticky, but not overly sticky or overly moist. They have a nice, sweet vanilla flavor. And really pretty vanilla bean flecks.

Note: There are 2 cupcake options on the blog.  I used recipe #2.

Pink-Candy-Frosting     Blue-Candy-Frosting

The frosting is almost like a glaze. It’s a little on the thin side, and crisps once it sets, like a glaze does. It is very, very sweet. Like, pure sugar kinda sweet. Not getting a lot of anything else. Just sugar.

Cotton-Candy-Cupcake     Mini-Cotton-Candy-Cupcake

The cupcake balances the sweetness of the frosting nicely. It’s still quite sweet, but you do get that vanilla taste loud and clear when they’re together. I’m not sure this would be an adult favorite. Though, odds are, you weren’t making cotton candy cupcakes for a room-full of grownups…

Note: Serve them immediately after putting the cotton candy on top. It (very quickly) melts into the frosting.

Cotton-Candy-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5

  • Frosting Taste: 3

  • Overall Taste: 3.5

  • Appearance: 3.5

  • Ease of Making: 4

  • TOTAL: 17.5

Mini-Cotton-Candy-top

RECIPE

Cotton Candy Cupcakes (recipe from Becoming Lola)

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes:

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 16 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1¼ cups buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Cotton Candy Buttercream:
  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • pink food coloring (or 1 drop of red)
  • Tiffany blue food coloring (or two blue drops, one green drop)
  • cotton candy, pulled into small pieces
For directions visit Becoming Lola.

*Tomorrow: Lemoncino Raspberry Cupcakes*

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