Cotton Candy Cake – A light and fluffy, cotton candy flavored cake that will make you think you’re at the summer state fair.
New Cake Flavor
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 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, kids love cotton candy and Avery is no exception. Convincing her 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.
Once you’ve smoothed out the sides of your cake, freeze the cake for about 10 to 15 minutes.
For more tips and instruction on making the perfect drip, check out these two IGTV videos from my feed:
Birthday Cake or Gender Reveal Cake?
So the question is, birthday cake or gender reveal cake? I loved it as Avery’s birthday cake but it also make the perfect gender reveal cake, don’t you think?
The Old Cotton Candy Cake
And rather than wiping this post of all the old photos, I had to keep at least one so you could see the original cake and my cute little Aves!
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.
Click on the item below to check it out!
Thank you to Trina Harris Photography for the gorgeous photos.