Cotton Candy Cake Tutorial

Does anyone else love thin as air, wisps of nothing spun sugar cotton candy? Pale pink sugar threads fluffing and puffing up like a beehive wig, melting into your tongue like magic.

We took Teddy to our city’s annual fair this past summer and I felt inspired by the cotton candy sticks in pale bubblegum pink and light turquoise.


My plan was to make cotton candy topped cake – but I didn’t realize that cotton candy deflates like a tired balloon. I had purchased a take home bag of pink and blue cotton candy to bring home for my cake project, but when I went to get it from my cake cupboard, it had hardened down to flat dehydrated blocks! Rats – I had missed my chance!

Still, I felt inspired by those beautiful colours and made this adorable pastel cotton candy coloured cake instead.

1. Using your favourite vanilla cake mix, divide batter into two medium bowls. I love Rosie at Sweetapolita‘s fantastic recipes for both cake and buttercream.

2. Use a tiny dab of pink gel colour for the cotton candy pink and a tiny dab of sky blue colour for the cotton candy blue. Mix batter gently until coloured.

3. Pour batter into four greased and parchment paper lined cake pans – I used 7 inch round cake pans.

4. Bake according to recipe’s instructions.

5. Let cool, then frost with your favourite vanilla buttercream. I used a basketweave tip to create the fine-line ribbon look. Top with a fresh single raspberry. So cute!

Come on, take a bite! Who could resist such cute pastel cake layers?

PS – you can also find me elsewhere here: Craftsy!Check out my post on drool-worthy simple and pretty cakes by some of my favourite cake designers.

Handmade Charlotte!So stoked to be a new contributor to one of my favourite children’s design blogs. So many beautiful ideas, delivered daily! Please visit my Fluffy Lamb Cake DIY I made for them! xo

Have an awesome weekend, cake pals!
xo Lyndsay

Cake, photos and styling by Lyndsay Sung // Coco Cake Land

14 Responses to “Cotton Candy Cake Tutorial”

  1. danielle

    Found you through #altforeveryone. Your blog and cakes are scrumptiously wonderful!

  2. Coco Cake Land

    hi danielle! thank you so much, great to “meet” you! ^__^

  3. Neide MC

    Hi Lindsay, the cake it was very delicate.

    Kiss end have a nice weekend!

  4. Coco Cake Land

    @neide – thank you so much! ^__^

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  6. Coco Cake Land

    @easy desserts – thank you! ^__^ i will check it out!

  7. rahel


  8. thimble

    that is perhaps the most delicious looking and pretty cake I have ever seen! so so cute!!!

  9. Marj Jenkins

    I love this – both the cake and the crepe paper banner! Using the basketweave tip in an original way created a great texture!

  10. Coco Cake Land

    @rahel – thank you so much!

    @thimble – ahhh thank you, you’re sweet!

    @marj – thanks marj!! i liked the texture it created, too! thanks for stopping by! :)

  11. Lisa

    That looks so good! I love the frosting pattern. Perfect.

  12. Coco Cake Land

    @ lisa , thanks so much! :)

  13. Mara Dawn

    I love the colors in this cake. Also, congrats on Handmade Charlotte!

  14. Coco Cake Land

    @mara – thanks so much! ^__^

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