A cotton candy cake binge • A Subtle Revelry

A cotton candy cake binge

Cotton Candy Cake

Everything is fun and games until your curtains end up stained! This cotton candy cake might look sweet, yummy, and innocent… But the creation of these photos is another story. A couple weeks ago we created this festive cake to show off the concrete cake stand from our upcoming book. It was a tasty project that quickly got messy. I don’t blame the cake though. This cotton candy cake is a really fun way to update a birthday party and serve a little something sweet and new.

Cotton candy cake

First a story – we shot this cake at my house, in our front room which doubles as our photo studio for the moment. We styled the cake and took a couple photos before blowing out the candles and heading out back. We were looking for a shady spot in the backyard to grab another shot. My photographer, assistant Tori, and myself (with no phones, keys or anything necessary) walked out back to explore. We found the perfect spot and turned to head back inside for the cake. That is when we realized we had been locked out, with a child inside! Eeeek.

A sweet little 2 year old happened to be on set that day and innocently locked the back door on us. It would have been complete panic if we didn’t burst out in laughter as she was grabbing cotton candy balls off the cake and devouring them. She would run to the door while we jumped and loudly gabbed on about unlocking the door, mimicking to her what to do. She gave us the sweetest look and jetted back to the kitchen, only to emerge moments later double fisting cotton candy. This went on for what seemed like 15 hours (although it may have only been minutes). Her face, hands and mouth were covered in pink, sticky cotton candy bliss. It was one of the funniest moments I’ve ever had on set.

Matt came home from work to unlock our doors and rescue the 2 year old from her cotton candy binge fest (she is currently considering rehab), and all was well with the world… Until I looked down at our white curtains hanging by the back door. It seems after the cotton candy was pulled off the cake, with sticky colored hands, the curtains had been used as a napkin of sorts, in between binges.

With kids running through the house often, this type of thing happens to our curtains more than I’d like to admit, which is why I’m so grateful for Clorox. Between the little ones running around, photo shoots for the blog, and our weekly dinner parties, our white curtains, napkins and tablecloths tend to get really messy.

Cotton Candy Cake

Cotton candy cake

Cotton Candy Cake

To make a similar cotton candy cake (which the kids love enough to binge on) use a Styrofoam cone base. Wash the base, allow it to dry, and cover it in pink icing. Before the icing sets take balls of cotton candy and roll them onto the base of the cake. The frosting acts as a holding agent and the balls will stick right on! So fun.

Start at the bottom and work your way around the cake and up covering it as you go. To serve the cake simply pull the cotton candy off for a birthday treat that may get a little messy, and everyone will love.

I’m not willing to stress over the messes though and am certainly not willing to take the sticky cotton candy, or the 2 year olds out of the picture. Instead, I just throw the curtains, napkins, everything in the wash with my favorite clean up supply, Clorox® Regular-Bleach. Cleaning up is not an area I need to be fancy in, I reach for my forever reliable way to clean up the messes, which allows me to quickly get back to making cotton candy, marshmallows, ice cream, and all the other messy treats we love to serve to our guests.

This post is sponsored by Clorox—helping you find the joy in making a mess.

(Photography © A Subtle Revelry by Erin Holland)


  1. movita beaucoup

    16 February

    I believe the intended lesson here is: make cake, invite guests out to deck, lock guests out, eat cake while they watch you through the window. Right? I’m on it.

  2. Ellie Kelly

    24 February

    I have never seen a cotton candy cake, amazing. Looks so fab and takes me back to being a child.

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