I haven’t done a baking blog post in quite a while due to generally not having time and because I am on a weight loss journey and when I bake I obviously want to try what I’ve made and I didn’t think having that temptation would be beneficial for my journey! But since the my favourite programme of all time is coming back this Tuesday aka The Great British Bake Off I thought I would celebrate its return with having a chilled baking day and by making something super fun and colourful. So I have made these unicorn inspired cupcakes which I based off this Pinterest image I saw. Making butter icing that is more than one colour is my favourite and I am so pleased with how these turned out, I think they look really cool! The icing sugar I used tastes of strawberry milkshake and its absolutely delicious!

Ingredients for 6-8 cupcakes
140g self-raising flour
100g caster sugar
50ml vegetable oil
85ml sparkling water
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients for decorations
Dairy free butter
Sugar and Crumbs strawberry milkshake flavoured icing sugar
White, pink and gold fondant icing – you can find gold fondant icing at Hobby Craft
Blue, pink and yellow food colouring – Wilton food colouring is vegan
Mini cocktail sticks
Edible gold glitter spray – I used Cake Decor glitter spray

Extras
Cling film
Mini heart shaped cookie cutter
Wilton 2D piping nozzle

Method
Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with cupcake cases. Mix all of the dry ingredients together, then add the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Fill the cupcake cases with the mixture and bake for 20 minutes until cooked throughly through the middle. Take out of the oven and place on a cooling rack to cool fully before decorating.

Method for decoration
While the cupcakes are baking begin to make the unicorn decorations. Roll out white fondant icing as thin as possible but so that it will still hold its shape. Using a mini heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out two hearts for each cupcake you have. I had 6 cupcakes so cut out 12 white hearts. Then roll out pink fondant icing and use the pointy end of the heart cookie cutter and cut out 12 pink triangles. Then with a tiny bit of water stick the pink fondant triangles onto the white hearts as shown in the photos above. Then place a tiny amount of water onto one of the curved ends of the heart shape and pinch it in half to stick to the other side of the heart as seen in the photos above.

To make the unicorn horns take some gold fondant icing and roll two pieces into a worm shape but make one end thinner than the other on both pieces. Then place the two pieces that you’ve rolled out together and squish them together a bit so that they still hold their shape but so that they don’t separate from one an other. Then hold the thinnest pointiest end and begin to twist the two pieces round each other. Allow them to harden a bit and put a cocktail stick through the middle so that you can stick them into the cupcakes when it comes to decorating them.

To make the butter icing, take a desert spoon full of butter and mix in the Sugar and Crumbs icing sugar until the consistency of the icing is stiff but pipeable, continue to add more butter and icing until you make enough icing to cover all cakes. Separate the icing equally into three bowls and gradually add small amounts of food colouring into the icing until you achieve your desired colour. Place a piece of clingfilm onto the work surface and spread each colour in a line next to each other as seen in the photos above, allow the different colours to touch but do not mix them together. Roll the clingfilm around the icing to create a sausage type shape of icing being careful not to squish the colours together and roll the ends tightly so that the icing does not leak out of the ends. Place a piping nozzle into a piping bag I used the Wilton 2D nozzle as I love the effect it gives the icing. Then cut off one end of the clingfilm holding the icing and place it all into the piping bag while it is still in the cling film. Twist the end of the piping bag like you would usually and begin to pipe it onto your cupcakes. Stick one unicorn horn into the cupcakes towards the middle of the back of the cupcake and stick two ears either side of the horn, then finish off with spraying gold glitter spray onto the cupcakes.

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