When I was a little girl I spent most summers at my Gran's house. It was during this time that I first heard her say "I'm not sure what to buy me for my birthday this year." I didn't get it then, but I do now.
I have a wonderful family and each year when my birthday rolls around they shower me with gifts and confetti cupcakes. They always want to know what is on my birthday wishlist a couple of weeks beforehand. Now, I know they would buy me anything I ask for, but there are some things I just can't ask my dear family to buy - like a cotton candy machine. Impractical? Yes. Frivolous, guilty pleasure? Yes. A lot of fun? Heck yes!
The machine I'd had my eye on was a table-top variety for thirty-some-odd dollars; well within the gift-to-self budget. It was in an online shopping cart for two weeks before I pulled the trigger, cabinet space be darned. I've been practicing my candy floss spinning once a week for the past month, and I knew it wouldn't be long before the fluffy stuff made an appearance in my baking.
That's how this cake came about, but you don't need your own cotton candy machine to make it.