How to bake a unicorn cake
4 x Betty Crocker double fudge cake mixes ($5.99 each from Countdown)
12 eggs (we used animal welfare free range eggs $9.00)
1 pack fondant (Pettinice $6.49)
set of food colouring (we used Rainbow food colouring by Queen from Countdown $3.99)
Drawing icing (Dr Oetker writing icing $5.99)
Pack of icing flowers (we used Queen icing decoration roses $4.69)
Waffle cone (from a pack of twelve $4.19)
Butter cream icing (for structure)
Icing sugar for rolling out fondant
- Bake four packets of cake mix in two large cake tins according to cake box instructions. (two large cakes made from four packets).
- Leave to cool.
- Trim the tops of both cakes so that they are flat. Ice bottom cake with choc icing in packet/s and stack the second cake on top.
- Find a profile picture of a horse and use it to cut out silhouette. We just googled ‘horse silhouette’ and found an easy image to draw from.
- Ice entire cake with light layer of butter cream or provided choc icing from packet.
- Roll out 3/4 of fondant packet into large sheet and lay over cake.
- Pinch together at corners (of ears for example) and trim with scissors and seal cut edges by squishing icing together.
- Draw in facial details of horse using icing designed for writing with (we used dark choc icing pen).
- Colour in eye with glitter gel icing (optional)
- Cut remaining fondant icing into seven pieces and dye into rainbow colours by kneading colour through it. (Just like making play dough!)
- Roll each colour out flat and cut into thin strips using a sharp knife.
- Balance waffle cone as unicorn horn - use butter cream icing to cement in place.
- Use water to stick mane and forelock features on in rainbow stripes. Wrap some strips around bottom of waffle to hide join.
- Use last bit of butter cream icing to glue flower details in place around ear and mane.
- Trim edges underneath cake and transfer carefully to cake board.
- Marvel in its unicorn glory!
Total cost approx: $60
Parenting bonding time: Priceless
What we also served:
Vegetable rainbows (Strips of beautiful capsicums, carrots and celery arranged in colour order on a platter), cheese platter, sausage rolls, unicorn fairy bread (made with a cookie cutter), teriyaki chicken nibbles, chips, carrot sticks, pink dip (beetroot flavoured hummus), a giant jar of cookies, a unicorn pinata and juice and beers for the adults.
Job done. (Phew!)
PS. Don't use butter cream for the mane. We tried and failed miserably! It turned into 'what colour is that? random yucky icing slurry-slush' that did not look 'rainbowy' at all. It also and went all separatey and just had to be chucked out and caused a bit of midnight-night-before-the-party-drama... so save yourself some sanity and go with fondant. It is definitely the best way to go!