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.

Icecream Youscream: Poppy’s First Birthday

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It was Poppy’s first birthday last month! I feel so lucky to get to play surrogate aunt to such a sweet little girl! I had the absolute pleasure of doing the desserts for her birthday event, and making my first ever dessert table! Hooray! It was pretty easy considering, as Pop’s mum Dani planned and supplied the glassware and cake stands. All I had to do was bake. We had this planned months in advance and I was pretty pleased that everything ran pretty smoothly!

cake1This is the centrepiece cheesecake with some icecream cake pops in the foreground. The cheesecake was a simple white chocolate flavour (recipe here), topped with marshmallows and 3-4 kinds of different candy. I can’t remember what. Haha. Dani made the cake bunting! Isn’t it cute?

L1000996Let’s take a moment to enjoy this semi-panoramic shot where you can see the mini donuts I forgot to take a close-up shot of, haha.

L1000992I’m very pleased with vegan sugar cookies I made! The recipe is a vegan one from Betty Crocker and the fondant is store-bought and also vegan. The ones with the gelatin-filled icecream lollies are obviously not vegan. I saw a similar idea on Pinterest (of course), and had to try for myself (of course); it was awesome to take a bit of a risk doing something new and having it pay off. The fondant and candy are stuck to the cookies with glucose syrup! I’ve never worked with fondant before so was pleasantly surprised with the results!

L1000991 Vegan vanilla cupcakes baked in plain wafer cones. Pro tip: if you’re baking in wafer cones, don’t keep them covered overnight. They will go soft and keel over and you will have to bake another batch and be really cross with yourself. Just saying. Did I say everything went smoothly? Never mind.

L1000994My sister is a children’s party entertainer/supplier and supplied all the balloons. This one was massive! There were also clear ones filled with confetti, so pretty. Dani made the gorgeous tassels. I think if Dani my sister and I joined forces we would make the ultimate party planners! Don’t you think?