Hi, it’s been a little while but don’t worry my camera is full of all the things I have been up to- I just need to get sharing with you guys!
It was my daughters 5th birthday and she is currently loving unicorns, ponies and dinosaurs (why should dinosaurs just be for boys?? – she puts my knowledge of them to shame). Anyway… She saw a unicorn cake in a cake shop window and it was love. I knew then that that was going to be my cake challenge this year. Her past cakes have been Iggle Piggle, Mini-beasts, Disney princess and a stack of Eierkoekens covered in chocolate and sprinkles (we were in Holland – little effort but she loved it).
This post shows you how I decorated the cake. You can use your favourite vanilla sponge recipe or even use a couple of cake mixes.
Ingredients & products needed:
- 1.5kg ready to roll icing. Really I probably used about 1kg but best to be on the safe side).
- Wilton food colour gels (I bought a box on Amazon originally for when I made a layered rainbow cake as it doesn’t have that nasty food colour taste, but have used so many times for play dough and slime recipes).
- Edible glitter (optional)
- Wooden skewers for the horn and ears to stay supported on the cake.
- A deep cake pan.
- Butter cream – I used a ready made Betty Crocker one as I was worried my own one would go soft too quick. (1 tube for each the sponge and the unicorn hair)
- Rolling Pin
Separate the cake mix into bowls – 1 for each colour you’re using.
Using a spoon, put half the mix in a cake pan in even ‘splodges’ layering the colours.
Then like when making a marble cake, use a pallet knife to swirl the mix around – not too much though or it will blend into one colour (like when my daughter mixes play dough and it ends up a weird brown).
Following the instructions on your recipe, bake both sponges. I cut or the outer cooked layer and crumbled to add to the butter cream – for extra colour.
Add the rainbow crumb to the buttercream and core out a hole for the M&Ms (if I made again I would have made a bigger core – but it means less cake). Cover the first sponge with the buttercream – I added some extra M&Ms as there were lots left and it stopped me eating them. Add the 2nd sponge and as evenly as possible cover with buttercream.
Roll out the icing and cover the sponge. Then It’s time to turn this into a unicorn!
I ended up adding a bit of colour in the icing before shaping (I didn’t think of that at first so made a white one originally). Roll out a long sausage shape which tapers at 1 end. Wet the wooden skewer so the icing sticks to it. Starting with the thinner end, place the icing in the end of the skewer and wrap it around so it spirals. Leave that aside to set.
Then cut our 2 ear shapes, then 2 smaller versions which will be the inner ear (I brushed these over with a golden yellow colour to match the horn). Use water as a glue to stick booth layers together. Leave them to set on a rolling pin – to get a rounded shape.
The eyes can be done in different ways, the easiest to paint or draw them on with food colour. I coloured a bit of icing black, rolled it out and cut out these eyelash shapes. I also brushed over with edible glitter dust.
Put it all together! Insert the horn into the sponge. Gently put wooded skewers in the ears and gently push them down into the cake. Use water again as a glue for the eyes.
Annoyingly, I didn’t take photos of me piping but I’ll explain. I separated the buttercream into 3 bowls and coloured them pink, purple and blue. I only had a basic piping bag kit I picked up from Morrison’s last minute and used the biggest nozzle. You can buy the piping bags with sections to separate the colours with a good effect. All 3 colours went into the bag and I just piped away, starting with the front and made my way round and down. I then brushed over everywhere with edible glitter.
My daughter loved it and was so surprised when we cut her a slice and saw the rainbow sponge and M&Ms.
Do you think you’ll give this ago? Do you know any unicorn fans?
Please comment below.