Friday, January 6, 2012

L O V E ♥ C O T T O N _ C A N D Y

 Can you say "Cotton Candy Cupcakes"......oh my!!! 

For the cupcakes:
10 oz unsalted butter, room temperature
14 oz sugar
11 oz all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
3/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350F and plop cupcake papers into baking pans.
Cream butter until light. Add sugar all at once and continue mixing on medium speed until very light in color. Stop and scrape down, and continue beating. (Note: The better you scrape down the bowl the better your creaminess will be.) Add salt at this stage.
Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl. In another bowl, add eggs and yolks together. (Note: if you crack eggs first, the yolks will not stick to the bowl.) In a measuring cup, add milk and vanilla extract.
*You are going to utilize a Dry, Wet, Dry, Wet, Dry method*
Add egg mixture to butter bowl a little at a time (one thirds at a time) making sure mixture comes together fully after each addition. Just after the last bit goes in, scrape down bowl and continue mixing.
In the above mentioned method, you turn mixer down to the lowest setting it can go. Your first "third" of drys will be a big third, the 1/2 of wet will be an exact 1/2 and so on. You are always adding in the next D or W JUST before the batter looks uniform/incorporated.
When batter is done, scrape and use a spatula to do the last few turn-overs of the batter, making sure that no wet or dry spots have hid from you at the bottom of the bowl.
Scoop into baking pans. Bake for 15-22 minutes. Its helpful to set your timer to the halfway point to check on cupcakes and also rotate the pans for even baking.

Let cool for at least 20 minutes. Frost!

Cotton Candy Butter-Cream

1/2 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk
3 teaspoons vanilla
pink food coloring (or 1 drop of red)
Tiffany blue food coloring (or two blue drops, one green drop)
cotton candy, pulled into small pieces

Using the paddle attachment on a mixer hand beater, cream the butter. Add half of the sugar and half of the milk. Cream these ingredients until well blended. Add the rest of the sugar and the milk and combine. Add the vanilla and mix in. Separate the frosting into two containers. Add food colorings to each bowl and mix until even. Add cotton candy pieces until well combined. Frost cupcakes. Garnish with remaining cotton candy.

I found this great site and let me just say I have such great memories of eating cotton candy at the zoo!!


Fashion Cappuccino said...

OMG, I love cotton candy! It's my favorite! Thanks for the recipe! xoxoxo

Diana(Dina) said...

Great blog! I'm a new follower =)

SaigeWisdom said...

YUM! do you just whip up ahh-mazing cupcakes in your spare time? totally pin-worthy.