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Unicorn birthday cake

Photo by Jennifer Melo

Photo by Jennifer Melo

Here it is! Topped simply with a unicorn figurine and a fondant rainbow anchored by fondant clouds, my niece Aliya’s birthday cake was easy peasy and very simple in design. My sister Suzy made the pretty fondant clouds at top by rolling little balls of fondant, placing them together and then wrapping them in a thin piece of fondant. Then she cut slits in the top and I pushed the fondant rainbow into the cloud base.

To make the rainbow, I rolled thin tubes of coloured fondant and placed them together, then I wrapped them around a tea cup on the counter. To avoid slouching and make it hold its shape, I left the rainbow on the counter to dry overnight.

Photo by Jennifer Melo

Photo by Jennifer Melo

I covered a three-layer rainbow bit cake with fondant dyed in a cloud blue colour. I was pleased with the smooth fondant finish I achieved with this cake. There were no cracks or unsightly lumps or bumps. My strategy for a smooth fondant finish worked well. My brother-in-law Jav and I kneaded the fondant well to get rid of dryness that’d show cracks. Then I rolled the fondant thick enough to smooth any bumps but thin enough so the weight of the excess fondant wont crack the finish. I didn’t measure its thickness but I’d estimate it was about 1/4″ thick.

Photo by Jennifer Melo

Photo by Jennifer Melo

Using a 12″ round tip, I piped clouds by squeezing out big balls of icing, moving the tip a bit and then placing another ball of icing next to the previous to sort of squish into it and cover any peaks. I found this technique worked best when I positioned the piping bag at a 45-degree angle to the cake surface.

I piped a large pearl border at the base of the cake and then piped clouds over it in random clusters.

Photo by Jennifer Melo

Photo by Jennifer Melo

I used clear vanilla extract to avoid further yellowing the frosting but still, the fluffy buttercream icing wasn’t white enough for my liking. You can really see the difference in colour when you compare the fondant clouds at top to the piped clouds all around.

If anyone had advice for achieving a pure white icing, I’d love to hear it.

 

6 Comments on Unicorn birthday cake

  1. Suzy
    November 3, 2013 at 8:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Pretty and simple. Great job Jen!

    Reply
  2. heather
    December 6, 2013 at 10:54 am (4 years ago)

    geez lady. I’m hiring you for next year’s bday cakes!

    Reply
  3. Sammi
    May 19, 2015 at 9:16 am (3 years ago)

    Could I ask where you go the unicorn its gorgeous! x

    Reply
  4. Natalie
    March 26, 2016 at 8:13 am (2 years ago)

    Hello! I am going make this cake for my daughters birthday. I was wondering what is the size of the cake tin you have used to bake the cake? Many thanks!

    Reply
    • Jen Melo
      March 26, 2016 at 10:24 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Natalie,

      I used an 8″ round cake pan. Good luck on your daughter’s cake. Wishing her a happy birthday.

      Jen

      Reply

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