[schema type=”recipe” name=”Easy Rainbow Unicorn Cupcakes” author=”Rachel Howard” pubdate=”2013-07-13″ image=”http://www.sundaybaking.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Unicorn-close-700.jpg” description=”Multicoloured, sparkly cupcakes with chocolate Unicorns. Strawberry Milkshake flavour sponge. ” prephours=”1″ cookmins=”20″ yield=”12″ ]
What a week. I won’t go into it, but these colorful, sparkly Unicorn Cupcakes can cheer all my friends up that need a bit of love and appreciation….you know who you are! I think they are capable of making anyone smile!
They were made last week for a friend. And they had to travel for a few hours on the train so they had to be pretty sturdy. I believe they made it in one piece and gained a lot of compliments along the way!
I bought a Unicorn mould from Ebay which makes making the chocolate Unicorns so easy. I had intended on making the Unicorn Horn multicoloured but when the mould arrived I realized it was way too small to do this.
You can make the cupcake any flavour you wish – take a look through all my previous posts and you can use any of my cucpcake recipe’s. I used the Strawberry Milkshake flavour cupcake recipe. (Although it’s best not to choose one with a chocolate buttercream as you won’t be able to make it multicoloured)
To make the Unicorns: Melt 3 or 4 candy melts per unicorn in the microwave. I put them straight into a disposable piping bag while whole and just microwave the whole thing for just over a minute (without a piping nozzle). Then just cut a bit off the end of the bag and squeeze it into the mould until full. Pop it in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up. Remove from the freezer and gently pull the mould from the chocolate. I tried to neaten the edges with a sharp knife but this just seemed to break the body so in the end I left them as they were!
To make the multi coloured buttercream: When you have made a batch of buttercream, split it into bowls so each bowl has a different colour. Add some colouring to each bowl and mix until well incorporated. Take a large piping bag and spoon each colour in trying to keep it separate. When you pipe the buttercream you will initially only get 2 colours but keep going and those multi-coloured spirals will come!
* Make sure you use a paste/gel colours colour. The liquid colours you can buy in the Supermarkets will not give you these vibrant colours. And use a nice large piping nozzle.
I then used multicoloured edible glitter to add a bit of sparkle.
Easy to make and such a delight to look at – who could resist a sparkly, multicoloured cupcake with a Unicorn on it??? Just remember to make the Unicorns in advance as it takes a while when you only have one mould!!