Updated April 18, 2017
box (15.25 oz) Betty Crocker™ Cake Mix Cherry Chip flavor
cup candy cane-flavored vodka (or water)
can (12 oz) Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy frosting Strawberry Mist flavor
can (12 oz) Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy frosting Cherry flavor
can (6.7 oz) Betty Crocker™ Decorating Decors nonpareils
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together cake mix, eggs, butter and vodka until smooth. Spoon into two 12-cavity muffin tins lined with cupcake wrappers. Bake for 17-21 minutes, or until the center springs back when touched lightly. Remove and cool completely.
Stir both frostings together until smooth. Transfer both frostings into one large icing bag, fitted with a large star tip, spooning them into the left and right side of the bag. (Note: This is not a perfect science.)
Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes, decorate with nonpareils, top with cotton candy.
- If desired, create mini cotton candy sticks by gently wrapping cotton candy around the top of paper straws. Snip straws to desired length and press into center of frosted cupcakes.
More About This Recipe
- Let the kid inside of you come out to play. You’ve been doing far too many grown-up things lately and deserve to let loose a little. Put your hair in pigtails. Go barefoot. Crayon the rainbow in a coloring book. Wish upon a star. Eat cotton candy.Actually, you’re a grown up now. You deserve to have double the fun!Eat cotton candy cupcakes. Pink ones. Because every day deserves a party.This is what being a grownup is all about, you know.If desired, create mini cotton candy sticks for the tops of the cupcakes by gently wrapping store-bought cotton candy around the top of paper straws. Snip straws to desired length and press into center of frosted cupcakes. This sounds complex, but it’s surprisingly easy. Just gently wrap and pinch the cotton candy in place until it’s round on top of the straws.Now, prepare the frostings. I like adding a teensy splash of coconut and butter extracts because I promise it boosts the cotton candy flavoring. You’ll also want to stir the frostings until smooth and even.Swirl your icing on top and sprinkle with white pearl nonpareils. A gentle press of cotton candy straws into the center of each cupcake, and your little treats are done!Invite a friend over to play. Put on fuzzy slippers. Wear your favorite cartoon t-shirt. Tell yourself it’s your birthday. Eat cupcakes for dinner. Lick your fingers. Kiss a frog. Let all your dreams come true.Being a grown-up is deliciously pinkalicious. Isn’t it?