Cotton Candy Cake Is Basically The Sweetest Throwback To Childhood You'll Ever Taste — Here's How To Make It

Few things have the power to take you back to your childhood quite like cotton candy, that fluffy, fantastic, whimsy-filled sweet treat of your youth. This cotton candy cake, however, won't just take you back to simpler times — it will taste like you transported into a magical land of sugar, happiness, and sunshine. Once you take a bite of this cake, you'll be living in a world full of unicorns, rainbows, and pixie dust. This cake is everything you ever used to dream about as a kid — layers of cotton candy cake covered in cotton candy frosting, and topped with real life cotton candy. It truly is a dream come true in cake form. No longer do you need to go to a carnival for cotton candy, because this cake is all you need and more.

I made mine purple and was overly generous with a smattering of cotton candy crunch (you can never really have too much), but feel free to make yours whatever color and flavor you want. And while you might think that layer upon layer of cotton candy goodness might be a little too much sweetness, I'm here to tell you that this cake is a dream of the most delicious variety.


For cake:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tsp. cotton candy extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water

For frosting:

  • 3 sticks salted butter, melted
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cotton candy extract
  • Food coloring
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

For topping:

  • Cotton candy crunch
  • Cotton candy


  • 2 large mixing bowls
  • Spatula
  • Knife
  • Serving plates
  • Wilton five-layer cake set
  • Cake stand
  • Baking spray
  • Offset spatula
  • Straws


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all cake ingredients except the cotton candy crunch. Mix until smooth.

2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees (convection oven preferred).

3. Grease all cake trays, and fill evenly with cake batter. Sprinkle cotton candy crunch on top of each layer of batter.

4. Bake cakes for eight to 10 minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

5. Let cakes cool in fridge for 10 minutes.

6. In a large mixing bowl, combine all frosting ingredients. Mix until smooth.

7. Remove cakes from the fridge and from their cake trays. Place one cake on top of the cake stand. Using the offset spatula, layer frosting on top, and then place another cake on top of the frosting. Repeat until all cakes have been used.

8. Use the remaining frosting to cover the sides and top of the cake until it is completely covered and smooth.

9. Sprinkle the bottom of the cake with cotton candy crunch, and top the cake with cotton candy.

10. Enjoy!

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