I’m sure you’re all aware of the global unicorn obsession we’re currently experiencing… There’s a unicorn version of almost everything, from iced coffee drinks to makeup! We’re loving the unicorn trend and have quite a few products online to prove it. Below you’ll find our easy how-to for making magical unicorn cupcakes, using our new sugarcraft toppers.
Okay so we may have cheated with the pictured cupcakes, all the icing was homemade but the fairy cakes were shop bought as we didn’t have oven access… However, here’s my go-to recipe for making standard vanilla cupcakes. I think it may have stemmed from an old Nigella recipe.
For the Cakes
- 125g Self Raising Flour
- 125g Caster Sugar
- 125g Butter
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 Splash of Milk
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
For the Icing
- 3 x 70g Icing Sugar
- 3 x 35g Salted Butter
- Pink Food Colour
- Blue Food Colour
- Yellow Food Colour
- Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees, line a tray with 12 cupcake cases.
- In a large bowl or mixer, combine the caster sugar and butter to form a light, fluffy consistency. Add your egg until fully incorporated then slowly mix in the flour, don’t mix rigorously as you want your cake to be nice and fluffy! Add the vanilla extract and a splash of milk to create a classic cake batter consistency.
- Fill your cupcake cases evenly, it’s usually around one heaped tablespoon per case. Bake for about 17 – 20 minutes or until the tops go a light golden colour.
- To test if your cupcakes are cooked through, place a tester or knife in the centre. If it comes out clean they’re baked! Leave to cool.
- Create three coloured buttercreams. Put your three 35g portions of butter into three separate bowls. Slowly add a 70g portion of icing sugar to each using a hand mixer until you have a whipped, buttercream consistency. (A larger bowl is better for this so you don’t get dusted with sugar!).
- Using your food colouring, make each of your icing bowls different colours. We went with pink, blue and yellow to create a rainbow effect. Remember with gel colouring you only need a teeny tiny amount of colour.
- Take a piping bag and attach a large star nozzle. Fill with all three portions of icing. Add a spoonful at a time making sure you alternate between colours and try to get the colours side by side in the bag.
- Create a swirl of colourful buttercream on each of your cupcakes, starting on the outside spiralling round the cake to the centre.
- Add your sugarcraft unicorn topper then sprinkle with a selection of colourful toppings!