Totally Unicorn Cupcakes

I’m really bad at updating this. Sorry. But also, not really that sorry. I mean, I’m doing life shit, you know? Those entire bags of chips aren’t going to eat themselves.

Nah but seriously, I do need to work on posting stuff at least in a relatively timely fashion. This blog entry refers to cakes I made about a month ago. Eep. Anyway, I made some unicorn cupcakes, to coincide with seeing a great band from out of Sydney, Totally Unicorn.

If you’re not familiar with them, they kinda look a bit like this:

Pic credit: themusic.com.au

They also sound a bit like this.

So yeah, have to make adequately fabulous cakes for such a fabulous band. Unicorn cakes are all the rage at the moment, just look up any baking social media account and you’ll see truckloads of unicorn nonsense. It made my job of finding a unicorn horn tutorial pretty easy though, so that’s cool. I made the horns a couple nights in advance, by winding two long bits of fondant around a toothpick, then rolling in glitter, letting it harden slightly, before gently taking the toothpick out and letting them set completely. You can keep the toothpick in, but I wanted things to be edible without worrying about chomping down on tiny wooden sticks of death.

These are just simple vanilla vegan cupcakes with vegan icing. To make the icing rainbow, I separated a batch of icing into 3 bowls, coloured them with different pastel colours (pink, blue and green), before spooning different colours into a single piping bag. A lot of them turned out more green than I liked, so I added more pink and blue for the last few. Easssyyyy. Topped them with a horny horn, and they were good to go!

They went a bit thin and limpy after awhile, so I don’t recommend taking unicorn cakes to a music festival in the hot Australian sun. But still tasty!

 Oh and uh… made a little cheeky cake, for the ladies.

   Hehe.

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Rainbow Cupcakes

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Baking is just a hobby for me, but I’ve been very lucky that friends and family have approached me to make cupcakes for special occassions. I’ve done birthdays, engagements and even a couple of weddings, and it blows my mind sometimes that a rookie like me gets requests for my cakes. Crazy! This time, a friend of mine asked me to make some cupcakes as a thank you gift for the doctors and nurses at Princess Margaret Hospital. Her son J has been very sick the last few months that involved him having to be revived twice and staying in the ICU for several weeks. It sounded like a very scary time and I can’t imagine the stress that she and her partner (and little J) went through!

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To that end, I wanted to make some bright and cheery cupcakes now that J is getting better. This is by no means a new idea, but I’ve always wanted to make these rainbow cupcakes. They’re so simple but so clever! And super cute! The cupcakes themselves are a simple vanilla with blue and white buttercream. The rainbow sour straps were a bonus for me, since as someone who doesn’t eat gelatine, I could eat the leftovers! Haha. I also topped the clouds with a fine silver glitter spray, and sprinkles. Yay!

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I made some extra for mum and dad, plus some to match my leggings 😉

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New Mixer! And Blackforest Cupcakes

I got my first standing mixer for Christmas from my mum! She’d actually bought it for herself in a sale before deciding it was too small, haha. Classic mum. I don’t mind though because free things!

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I mean, it’s no KitchenAid, but it’s pretty cute. The mixer is detachable from the stand and also comes with dough hooks; will be interesting to try make some dough with it. The first thing I made with it (pictured here) were some vegan chocolate cupcakes to serve as a base for blackforest cakes.

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The cupcakes were for a picnic! I had some leftover cherries from Christmas and some cherry jam, so decided to make blackforest cakes – completely forgetting one of my friends can’t stand blackforest! Gah. Oh well.

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I love glitter cherries!

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We had a great day eating snacks in the sun and having a great time! Following photo by my lovely friend Paige:

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Poppy Turns Two!

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Poppy turned two this year and her mum asked me to make her a cake and cupcakes. I made these in a similar fashion to the sundae cakes from a previous blog, just not in a waffle cone. I also used strawberries due to cherries not being in season. I like to try and buy local produce where possible 🙂

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I did a batch of chocolate and a batch of vanilla cupcakes, and was really pleased with how they turned out. I tried colouring the vegan white chocolate but it didn’t quite work – I will try again with dairy white chocolate and see if that works.

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I also made a small 18cm two layer cake, also vegan! It was inspired by the Unbirthday Bakery drizzle cakes, they are so pretty!

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Here is the cake fully decorated! Overall I was really pleased with how everything turned out, it was a lot of hard work but it paid off 🙂

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Chocolate ‘Sundae’ Cupcakes {Vegan}

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I had another friend’s birthday this week! My good friend that used to be my baking buddy at work until she left earlier this year. I’m the sole baker at work now and it makes me a bit sad. I wanted to make something special seeing as she was one of my favourite people at work and we are still good friends. So I came up with the idea of cupcakes that look like little sundaes! I took them with me to our little breakfast meet up in Cottesloe. Needless to say post-breakfast dessert should be a thing all the time…

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I felt like doing just sundae cupcakes wasn’t special enough, so I covered some fresh cherries in glitter. It worked a treat! I originally got the idea when I was in Liverpool earlier this year, at a cupcakery called Custom Cupcake Co. I was worried it wouldn’t stick, but it was super easy to brush on. I think the condensation on the cherries was enough for the glitter to stick. Hooray!

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The waffle baskets are store-bought. I baked some vegan cupcakes in the regular way (recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World), took them out of the cupcake papers, and topped with frosting made with copha, icing sugar, margarine, vanilla essence and soy milk. I then topped the cupcake with melted dark chocolate, chopped nuts, sprinkles, and of course a glitter cherry. I was careful not to put the cupcake into a waffle basket until the last minute, to prevent the waffle basket from going all soft.

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Pretty cupcake glittering in the morning sun 🙂

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