These cupcakes are a vanilla sponge cake, filled with vegan sprinkles, topped with a piped cotton candy buttercream...decorated with fondant and cacao nibs (to bring the bears to life).

Cotton Candy Bear Cupcakes [Vegan]


Cooking Time




  • 1 cup of dairy-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup of golden caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil (Melted)
  • 1/2 cup of dairy-free butter
  • 2 cups of icing sugar
  • Pink food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon of cotton candy flavoring
  • Dairy-free milk (if needed)


  1. Preheat your oven to 360ºF and line a cupcake tin with cupcake cases.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the dairy-free milk with the apple cider vinegar and whisk until fully combined.
  3. Set aside for 10 minutes to curdle. This creates a vegan 'buttermilk'.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda.
  5. Mix well to combine.
  6. Add the melted coconut oil to the 'buttermilk' and whisk to combine.
  7. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until a smooth batter.
  8. Fill the cases 3/4 full with the batter. Make sure to tap the tins on the worktop to remove any air bubbles.
  9. Pop the cakes into the preheated oven and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  10. You will know they are done when you put a knife or skewer in and it comes out clean and they are springy to the touch.
  11. Place the cupcakes on a cooling rack and allow to cool fully before frosting.

To make the frosting:

  1. Cream the butter in a bowl, on a high speed until creamy.
  2. When your butter/margarine is creamy & light in color, add in the icing sugar, cotton candy flavoring and pink food coloring.
  3. Whizz together until fluffy & fully combined.
  4. Add a splash of dairy-free milk if too thick.
  5. Transfer the buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a grass tip.
  6. Core the cupcakes and fill with some vegan sprinkles (optional)
  7. Pipe the buttercream onto each cupcake.
  8. Decorate the cupcakes with fondant circles and cacao nibs for the nose and eyes.