Hoosier Homemades Cupcake Challenge, AND week one of my 'wire my mouth shut' diet attempt. This week's theme is "Candy." Maybe Cotton Candy isn't a traditional 'candy,' but...it's in the name, and they sell it on the candy aisle, and after exploring a few options, I think this probably defines summer candy for me. Every August, the circus comes into town for a few weeks, and I went to the circus every year...and ate cotton candy at each event when I was younger. I recently discovered you can purchase cotton candy for a lot less than a circus ticket, and their food booth prices. I made some mini cotton candy puffs here, and I found the cotton candy at Walmart in a tub. This go round, I found a bag of cotton candy at the Dollar Store (it's also currently in the Dollar Section at Target). I tried out a few decorating options for these cupcakes. I love mini everything, so first up is the mini-cotton candy topped cupcakes.
Cupcake Instructions: Bake a white cake mix as instructed on the box. Ice with a strawberry icing. I liked this combination because cotton candy is a sugar flavored candy. If both the cupcake and icing were strawberry flavored it would have been to overwhelming, but I think the white cake mix represented the 'sugar' well, and the strawberry gave a hint of the flavor. I tried to give the cupcakes a little bit of a 'messy look'....b/c cotton candy is fluffy and sort of untammed. (I bought the pink/polka dot liners at Michael's.)