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Cotton Candy Cake

Learn How to Make This Whimsical Cotton Candy Cake

Do you lose hours of each day being hypnotized by gorgeous cake-decorating videos? We're a all little guilty sometimes. This video isn't just eye candy — now you can learn how to make your own beautiful, whimsical cake that's loaded with cotton candy flavor! You'll be using this watercolor frosting technique for years to come. For more cake decorating tutorials, check out this unicorn cake and geode cake.

Cotton Candy Cake

From Brandi Milloy, POPSUGAR Food

Cotton Candy Cake


  1. 4 sticks butter
    8 cups powdered sugar
    5 tablespoons heavy cream
    1/2 teaspoon cotton candy extract
    4 round vanilla cakes
    Rock candy
    Candy sticks
    Cotton candy
    Silver leaf


  1. In a stand mixer, combine the butter, powdered sugar, heavy cream, and cotton candy extract until smooth. Separate into two medium-sized bowls and one small bowl. Fold in pink and blue food coloring into two medium-sized bowls and purple food coloring in the small bowl of frosting. Add to piping bags and set aside.
  2. Stack 4 round cakes on top of each other, spreading a small amount of frosting in between each layer. Using any excess frosting (or whipping up more), add a light coat to the sides and the top of the cake. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to set
  3. Pipe large dollops of pink and blue frosting on the sides and top of the cake and smooth together with an offset spatula. Add small dollops of purple and smooth until the cake is covered in the watercolor frosting.
  4. Top the cake with lollipops, rock candy, candy sticks, and cotton candy. Press sprinkles into the bottom third of the cake and garnish with silver leaf. Enjoy!
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Tatsuya Kawauchi
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