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As a birthday always needs to be celebrated, I’m sharing the recipe for these incredibly cute and super colorful unicorn cupcakes with you today. They are actually quite easy to make and kind of impressive. Furthermore, who could say no to cupcakes and unicorns?! 😉 So, get yourself going!
For 24 muffins you need:
- 250g icing sugar
- 5 eggs
- 1 package vanilla sugar
- 250g flour
- 1 package baking powder
- 200ml Advocaat
- 200ml neutral oil
At first you preheat your oven to 180°C. Then you beat and froth the eggs with the icing and the vanilla sugar. Mix the flour with the baking powder in a bowl and the Advocaat with the oil in a measuring cup. Next you poor these two mixtures alternating to the beaten eggs and mix until you have a nice homogeneous batter. Now you put some paper muffin liners in your muffin trays and pour the batter in the paper liners until they are filled to two thirds. I usually use an ice cream scoop to measure the amount of batter that I need. Now you bake your sponges for 15 to 20 minutes. Don’t forget to test if they are baked all through by stabbing them with a wooden skewer! Then you just take them out and let them cool on a baking rack.
For the decorations you need:
- golden fondant for the horns
- white fondant for the ears
- edible gold powder and vodka for mixing
- 250g butter (at room temperature)
- 125g cream
- 90g icing sugar
- flavor to taste
- food coloring
At first you do the horns. It might be better to make them a few days in advance as they take a while to dry. Start with kneading the golden fondant until it gets smooth. Then you take a piece, which has approximately the size of a hazelnut, and roll it into a long strand, which gets tinier towards the ends. Now take the tiny ends with one hand and start to turn the strand until the horn looks the way you want it to look. Then you cut it to the desired size and leave it to dry. You need 24 horns.
For the ears you use the white fondant. Also knead it until it gets smooth and then roll it out to 2mm of thickness. Now you trim the edges to get a straight edge and take a heart shaped cookie cutter. With the pointed end you cut out little triangles which you then form into ears by pinching the bottom corners together. Also leave them to dry. You need 48 ears.
As soon as the fondant has dried, you can paint it. For this you just take lots of edible gold powder and mix it with a bit of vodka or any other clear alcohol. It should form into a thick and creamy paste. Then you paint the inside of the ears and the complete horns and leave them to dry. In the meantime you can turn to the buttercream.
For the buttercream you just mix the butter with the icing sugar until it turns completely white. Then you slowly pour in the cream and mix until it disappears. Now you can add any flavor you like. I love a combination of vanilla and rose water. Then you divide the buttercream into four equal parts and dye each one with a different color. I went with yellow, green, pink and purple in pastel shades. Next you take four different pastry tips and bags and fill each one with a different color of buttercream.
Now just go ahead and pipe your decorations! You can go with dots and swirls and anything else you want- just be creative and have fun. When you are finished, put the cupcakes in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes for the buttercream to set a little. After that just pop them out, add the horns and ears and put them back in the fridge. When everything is set, your cupcakes are ready to eat!
I know they are quite a lot of work, but they are totally worth it- even more if you do them for someone else as a present. Can you imagine the shining eyes of a girl at any age, when she gets those beauties for her birthday? Told you- it’s worth it 😉