How do unicorns play into this post about unicorns?
I actually made a rainbow cake with fondant for our derby wife wedding ceremony and have also made unicorn poop for our officials crew. They kind of go hand in hand to me. So thank you roller derby for introducing this magical creature into my life.
Rainbow Unicorn Cake (adapted from Serious Eats)
• 2 batches of your favorite vanilla or yellow cake batter, 9x9-inch pan yield (I used boxed cake mix)
• Food coloring gel (like these) Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple
For the frosting:
• 4 sticks (2 cups) unsalted butter, softened
• 12-14 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
• 1/4 cup heavy cream, plus 2 tablespoons
• 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
• Food Coloring Gel- Green for the grassy feel
• Fondant (for the unicorns)
Preheat the oven as specified in your cake recipe. Line six round cake pans (8- or 9-inch) with circles of parchment paper. If you don’t have six pans (it’s OK, neither do I), line as many as you have; you can bake this in a few batches.
Divide the batter between six separate bowls. Add food coloring to each of the bowls of batter: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. Be very liberal with the food coloring, as the colors will fade slightly during baking. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake. Since these cakes are fairly thin, keep an eye on the baking time—it will be significantly less than if you were baking all of the batter as a single layer cake. Once baked, remove the cakes from the pans and set them on wire racks to cool.
While you wait for the cakes to cool, prepare the frosting. In the stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix the butter on medium speed until it is very fluffy. Add 4 cups of the confectioners’ sugar, and mix on low speed until smooth and incorporated. Pause to scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the cream and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 3 to 5 minutes, continuing to add more sugar, cup by cup, until it has reached your desired spreading consistency. If your frosting becomes too stiff, you can thin it by adding more cream, but be careful to add the cream in small (teaspoon) increments so that the frosting does not become too thin.
Place the violet layer on a serving plate and top with a dollop of frosting. Do not spread it to the edges, as the weight of the succeeding layers will flatten the frosting. Repeat with the remaining layers until they are stacked from bottom to top: violet, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red on top.
Chill the cake for at least 20 minutes; it will help it firm up and be easier to frost. Using an offset spatula, apply a thin crumb coat of frosting to all of the cake surfaces. Return the cake to the refrigerator for about 30 minutes so that the crumb coat becomes firm. Remove from the refrigerator and apply the rest of the frosting. Keep the cake chilled until 30 minutes before serving.
I used this as my recipe http://www.instructables.com/id/Unicorn-Poop/
I used food coloring gels to dye the cookies and omitted the pearls.
These were super cute and fun and everyone enjoyed the silliness of it. They were a bit time consuming but totally worth it.
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