A light and fluffy, cotton candy flavored cake that will make you think you’re at the summer state fair.
A few months ago my little brother was trying to come up with new cake flavors for me. Among his suggestions was a cotton candy cake. It sounded interesting but quite honestly, I wasn’t feeling super excited about it. I set the flavor idea on the back burner and continued working on some other new cakes. In the meantime, I actually had several more of you request a cotton candy cake.
At that point, I thought, ‘alrigtht, I’ve gotta try this out!’.
And what better time to give a cotton candy flavored a cake a test run than a kid’s birthday party! I actually had to convince Avery to let me make this cake for her birthday. She originally wanted a pink, blue and purple red velvet cake. I loved the idea of all her favorite colors on the cake, but having a red velvet cake on the inside just didn’t feel right.
Luckily, this girl loves cotton candy (which, might I mention in order to save face a little, she’s only had once. But, of course, it left a lasting impression). Convincing Avery to switch cake flavors ended up being easy as pie. We also decided to throw out the purple and stick with blue and pink to match the cotton candy.
COTTON CANDY CAKE
For this recipe, I started with the vanilla cake I use for my Funfetti Cake. In my first round, I used Jelly Belly Cotton Candy Syrup. The cake was a little dense and the flavor was barely noticeable after the cake baked, so I decided to give it another go with the Lorann Cotton Candy Flavoring. The second round was a total winner. Avery devoured the cake scraps!
I used pink and blue food gel to tint the batter. When you do this, just make sure to gently stir the food gel into the batter. You don’t want to over mix the batter or you’ll find it doesn’t rise as well.
I also used the Lorann Cotton Candy Flavoring in the frosting as well. Yes, this cake is sweet, but I can’t imagine it any other way.
I then dolloped the colors into the cake pans, overlapping each a little so that each slice would have pink and blue in it.
One note about the actual cotton candy – don’t add it to the cake until you’re ready to display the cake. The cotton candy won’t hold up well in the freezer, refrigerator or at room temperature for too long.
The kids loved the cake. So much so, they would barely let me get in for a bite!
Thank you to Trina Harris Photography for the gorgeous photos.