Dr. Seuss Inspired Cotton Candy Cupcakes

A monkey on a cupcake

Cotton candy always makes me think of Dr Seuss and his Truffula Trees! That is the real inspiration behind these Cotton Candy Cupcakes – instead of just plopping that spun sugary goodness over the frosted cupcake.

– 1/2 C unsalted butter, room temp – 2 egg whites – 2 eggs – 2 C flour – 1 tsp baking powder – 1/2 tsp salt – 1/4 baking soda – 3/4 C buttermilk – 1 1/2 C sugar – 1 tsp vanilla


-Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl. -Beat butter on high for 30 seconds. -Add sugar and vanilla extract to the butter until well combined. -Add egg whites, one at a time, mixing after each. -Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each.

-Add 1/3 C  flour mixture to the wet mixture followed by adding 1/3  C of the buttermilk; add 1/3 C flour mixture again then add 1/3 C  buttermilk. -Mix on low speed, add 1/3 C of flour and add the rest of 1/3 C of buttermilk mix in low speed until thoroughly blended.

Take your 2 bowls of white cake batter. You will add 6 drops of pink or blue food coloring to each bowl. Stir them well to thoroughly combine the coloring. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners. You are going to fill the liners with the cake batter in layers

-Add a bit of each color batter to each cake liner. -Bake for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.  -Let them cool completely before decorating them. -Pipe the green frosting with Wilton 233 tip to create grass all over the cupcake.

-Use a little frosting on your straw to help “glue” the cotton candy puff to it. -Top the cupcake with your cotton candy Truffula Tree

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