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Unicorn Cake - A Delicious and Colorful Treat for Any Occasion


How to Make a Unicorn Cake




If you are looking for a fun and easy way to impress your guests at your next party, why not try making a unicorn cake? A unicorn cake is a cake that looks like a unicorn, with a fondant horn, ears, eyes and sprinkles. It is a popular trend among kids and adults alike, who love the magical and whimsical appearance of this dessert. Plus, it tastes delicious too!




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In this article, we will show you how to make a unicorn cake from scratch, using simple ingredients and tools. You will need some white fondant, edible gold lustre, colored sprinkles, black fondant, butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, salt, milk, vanilla, salted caramel (optional), buttercream frosting and gel food colorings. You will also need some cake pans, baking parchment, an electric whisk, a large bowl, a spatula, a palette knife, a rolling pin, a cookie cutter, some skewers and some piping bags with tips.


The first step is to prepare the cake batter and bake the cake layers. You can use any cake flavor you like, but we recommend using a vanilla or funfetti cake for a light and fluffy texture. Here is how to make the cake batter:


  • Preheat your oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter the base of three 20cm sandwich tins and line with baking parchment.



  • In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla together with an electric whisk for 8-10 minutes until pale and fluffy.



  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.



  • Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt, and fold in using a spatula.



  • Add enough milk to create a soft dropping consistency.



  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared tins and smooth the tops with a spatula.



  • Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden and firm to the touch.



  • Leave to cool slightly in the tins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.



How to Make the Unicorn Horn and Ears




While the cake is cooling, you can make the unicorn horn and ears using white fondant. These will need to dry completely before you can use them on your cake. Here is how to make them:


  • Roll 225g of white fondant into a long sausage shape with one end slightly thicker than the other.



  • Starting from the thicker end, twist the sausage into a tight coil until you have a horn shape. Pinch the small end upwards into a pointed tip.



  • Insert a skewer into the base of the horn for stability. Set aside on some baking parchment.



  • Divide the remaining white fondant into two pieces. Roll each one out into an oval on some baking parchment.



  • Pinch the Pinch the top of each oval into a point to form the ears. Bend them slightly inwards to create a curved shape.



  • Set aside the ears on some baking parchment to dry.



  • Once the horn and ears are dry, brush the horn with some edible gold lustre to give it a shiny finish.



How to Make the Buttercream Frosting




The next step is to make the buttercream frosting that will cover and fill your cake. You can use any flavor of frosting you like, but we recommend using a salted caramel buttercream for a rich and decadent taste. Here is how to make it:


  • In a large bowl, beat 500g of softened butter with an electric whisk for 5 minutes until pale and creamy.



  • Gradually add 1kg of icing sugar, beating well after each addition, until you have a smooth and fluffy frosting.



  • Add 2 tsp of vanilla extract and 150g of salted caramel sauce (you can use store-bought or homemade) and beat again until well combined.



  • Divide the frosting into four equal portions and place them in separate bowls.



  • Add a few drops of gel food coloring to each bowl and mix well until you have your desired colors. We suggest using pink, purple, blue and green for a pastel rainbow effect.



  • Transfer each colored frosting into a piping bag fitted with a large round tip.



How to Assemble and Decorate the Cake




Now that you have all the components ready, you can assemble and decorate your unicorn cake. This is the fun part where you can unleash your creativity and make your cake look as magical as possible. Here is how to do it:


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  • Place one cake layer on a cake board or plate and pipe some buttercream on top. You can use any color you like, or mix them together for a swirl effect.



  • Drizzle some salted caramel sauce over the buttercream if you like.



  • Repeat with the remaining cake layers, alternating the colors of the buttercream and caramel.



  • Use a palette knife to smooth the sides of the cake and remove any excess frosting. This will create a crumb coat that will seal in the crumbs and make your cake more stable.



  • Refrigerate the cake for 30 minutes or until the crumb coat is firm.



  • Take the cake out of the fridge and pipe more buttercream on the top and sides of the cake. You can use different colors and create a swirl effect by twisting your wrist as you pipe.



  • Use a palette knife to smooth the top and sides of the cake again, leaving some swirls visible for a textured look.



  • Insert the horn into the center of the cake, pushing it down until it is secure. Be careful not to break it.



  • Attach the ears on either side of the horn, using some buttercream as glue if needed.



  • Cut out two small circles from black fondant and stick them on the front of the cake as eyes. You can also use edible markers or chocolate chips for this step.



  • Sprinkle some colored sprinkles on top of the cake and around the base for some extra sparkle.



Conclusion




Congratulations, you have just made a unicorn cake! You can now enjoy this delicious and adorable dessert with your friends and family, or save it for a special occasion. A unicorn cake is sure to bring smiles and joy to anyone who sees it and tastes it.


Here are some tips and variations for making a unicorn cake:


  • You can use any cake flavor or frosting you like, as long as they are compatible with each other. For example, you can use chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, lemon cake with lemon frosting, or red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.



  • You can also use different colors for your buttercream frosting, depending on your preference. For example, you can use bright colors for a more vibrant look, or pastel colors for a more subtle look.



  • You can make your own fondant from scratch, or buy ready-made fondant from any baking supply store. You can also use modeling chocolate or marzipan instead of fondant for your horn and ears.



  • You can make your own salted caramel sauce from scratch, or buy ready-made salted caramel sauce from any grocery store. You can also use other sauces such as chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, or jam instead of salted caramel sauce.



  • You can decorate your unicorn cake with other items such as edible flowers, candy, marshmallows, or macar You can decorate your unicorn cake with other items such as edible flowers, candy, marshmallows, or macarons for a more festive look. You can also use different sprinkles such as stars, hearts, or pearls for a more elegant look.



We hope you enjoyed this article and learned how to make a unicorn cake. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below. We would love to hear from you and see your unicorn cake creations. Happy baking!


FAQs




How do I store and serve a unicorn cake?




You can store your unicorn cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months, but make sure to wrap it well with plastic wrap and foil. To serve, let it thaw at room temperature for about an hour before slicing and enjoying.


Can I use a different cake flavor or frosting?




Yes, you can use any cake flavor or frosting you like, as long as they are compatible with each other. For example, you can use chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, lemon cake with lemon frosting, or red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.


Can I make a vegan or gluten-free unicorn cake?




Yes, you can make a vegan or gluten-free unicorn cake by using vegan or gluten-free ingredients. For example, you can use vegan butter, sugar, eggs, milk, and fondant, and gluten-free flour, baking powder, and salt. You can also use vegan or gluten-free frosting and sprinkles.


How do I make a rainbow unicorn cake?




To make a rainbow unicorn cake, you will need to divide your cake batter into six portions and color each one with gel food coloring. You will also need to bake each layer separately in a 20cm sandwich tin. Then, you can stack and fill the layers with buttercre


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