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.
Hit the grocery store and grab everything pink you see. Betty Crocker™ Cherry Chip cake mix, strawberry and cherry frostings, and sprinkles.
Oh, and cotton candy vodka. Like we said, grown upedness!
Start by mixing the cake batter (with a happy splash of vodka added). Then tint with Betty Crocker™ neon pink gel coloring. Once smooth, spoon the batter inside pretty pink cupcake wrappers.
Because I was using tall party cups instead of traditional cupcake wrappers, I prepped in a popover pan. But muffin tins will do, too.
While this mixture is baking, grab your cotton candy.
By gently wrapping small strands of the stuff around paper straws, you can create teensy little cotton candy sticks. 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. Then spoon each frosting into half of a large icing bag which has been fitted with a star tip.
With cupcakes cooked and 100% cooled, they’re ready for frosting and decorating.
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?
Brooke blogs atCheeky Kitchenwhere she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's profile to see what she cooks up next!