Saturday, 10 November 2018
The Lazy Mother's Guide To Cake Making - Unicorn Cake
Callie turned 2 last week. I can't believe how quickly she is growing up...I am convinced she is almost 3 already! When I asked her what she wanted for her birthday the reply was quick and seamless....CAKE!
I always try and make the kids birthday cakes but my way of making cakes is to make them look pretty, on a relatively low budget and with minimum effort. Cue The Lazy Mother's Guide To Cake Making...
I decided I wanted to create one of those fancy pants unicorn cakes you see all over Pinterest but no way was I baking the actual cake from scratch and then decorating...with a toddler in tow. So I cheated. I picked up a Betty Crocker Red Velvet cake mix and a tub of the cream cheese frosting for around £3.50 in Aldi. I figured at least I would be baking the cake even if it was just a box mix.
I scoured supermarkets for yellow labels and was able to find a pack of ready to roll icing for £1, a pack of shimmery Jelly Beans for 75p and some Pink Panther ice cream cones for 30p (for 20!). I then popped to Hobbycraft and picked up a base for the cake and a tube of black icing (these could be found online cheaper but I was short on time) and to Poundland for some tubes of pink and white icing with nozels.
I think the grand total was under £15 for the whole cake which given it ended up covering 2 parties I think is really reasonable.
Anyway...I baked those cake mixes, sandwiched them with cream cheese frosting, crumb coated (I know, I am just showing off now) and covered in the white icing. With the remaining icing I made ears and curls for hair and allowed them to dry before moving on to the main event...the horn.
I dipped a pink ice cream cone into melted white chocolate and covered in the sprinkles from the cone pack (it came with free sprinkles too for 30 flipping pence!) let it cool then pushed it into the middle of the cake. Securing the ears and 3 strands of hair with white frosting, I moved on to piping pink and white "rosettes" around them all and alternate colours around the base of the cake.
Each base rosette had a shimmery jelly bean pushed in and I sprinkled the hair with edible glitter I had in the cupboard. Not essential but it was there. The inside of the ears were white chocolate coloured with pink food colouring but could have been left white too. All of these touches were literally what I had in the cupboards but didn't need to be there.
Finally I iced the eyes with black gel icing and attempted to write Callie across the side...it wasn't my greatest lettering work but it did the trick.
Overall I was so impressed with the cake and got some great feedback and I don't think I could have got a better cake from a supermarket. It just goes to show it doesn't have to be difficult just play around with what you have and if in doubt...cheat!
Let me know if you want to see more lazy birthday cakes...I have a Cheetah, Candy Cake and a rather impressive Octopus one I could share with you.