RECIPE: Unicorn Cake
Published on May 17, 2011 by chloejo · 7 Comments
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There are some things some women never get over from their tween years. For us, that includes our love of the color pink, unicorns, and crafts. Who can resist the one-horned, mystical horse some say is only visible to virgins? No wonder we can’t see them anymore! One of our favorite things to do is veganize non-vegan recipes. And this cake is no different. Prepare to get a magnificent sugar high from this absurd indulgence!
- 1 (8-inch) round cake (here is an easy vegan vanilla cake recipe, but you can get vegan vanilla cake recipes nearly anywhere, Trader Joe’s has a cheap one)
- 1 (9-inch) square cake (ditto above)
- 1 pink jelly bean(find vegan jelly beans here – careful, as most jelly beans contain gelatin and/ or besswax)
- 1 black round vegan candy (ditto above)
- 1 sugar cone
- 2 Tbsp decorating sugar
- 4 each red yellow, orange, blue and green licorice twists (Twizzler Rainbow are certified vegan by PETA, but if you prefer a dye-free/ healthier alternative, try using an all-natural licorice or use thinly cut strips of different colored fruit roll ups as hair)
- 2 cups coarse pink decorating sugar, optional. Colored sugar can be pricey (and often not vegan) so to get around that, make your own using vegan sugar and all natural food colorings.
What you’ll need:
- A serving platter
- A resealable sandwich-size plastic bag
Trimming the cakes:
- Trim the cakes and arrange on a serving platter as pictured in template.
Frosting the cake:
- Spoon ¼ cup of vanilla frosting into a resealable plastic bag. Set aside.
- Spread some of the remaining vanilla frosting over the cone in a thin layer. Sprinkle with the white sugar to coat.
- Spread the remaining vanilla frosting over the top and sides of cake and make smooth.
To complete the decoration:
- Press the pink jelly bean for the unicorn’s nostril.
- Snip a small corner from the bag with the vanilla frosting.
- Place the black candy on top as the eye/ pupil. Pipe a white dot onto the black candy to add sparkle to the eye. Pipe a white eyebrow above the eye with the remaining vanilla frosting.
- Press the sugared cone, open end against the cake, as the horn.
- Cut the rainbow Twizzlers (or fruit roll up/ natural licorice) into thin strands, each about 3 to 4 inches long. Arrange the cut pieces down the back of the unicorn’s head and in between unicorn’s ears for its mane.
Originally published in Parenting.com, original recipe by Karen Tack, photos by Kenneth Chen.
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