Professional baker shares how to make a children’s unicorn birthday cake in 30 minutes for less than $50
- A top baker has shown her followers how to create a ‘very cute’ unicorn cake
- Tigga MacCormack cut and decorated a Woolworth mud cake to create the treat
- She said the cake costs less than $50 to make and takes only 30 minutes
A top Aussie baker has revealed how to make an adorable unicorn cake that looks like it was made by a pro for less than $50.
Tigga MacCormack, co-owner of Cake for Days, went viral last year for showing her huge following how she made the ‘very cute’ cake and has recently shared how others can create the treat at home with MamaMia.
The Melbourne baker used affordable items that can all be bought from the supermarket, including a Coles or Woolworths mud cake.
Pro baker Tigga MacCormack (pictured) has revealed how to make a stunning unicorn cake in 30minutes for less than $50
The Melbourne baker used affordable items that can all be bought from the supermarket including a Coles or Woolworths mud cake
She starts by cutting the cake unevenly in half so she has two pieces of different sizes.
Tigga adds a dollop of icing to her cake board to act as a ‘glue’, places the two pieces on top cut-edge down and squashes them together to make the unicorn head.
The cake decorator said to then add ‘crumb layer’ of icing with soft butter cream.
‘I like to use a piping bag, adding some of the soft buttercream into the bag and roughly piping little squiggles along the cake, using a palette knife to smooth them over,’ she explained.
She starts by cutting the cake unevenly in half so she has two different sized pieces before placing on the cake tray and adding a ‘crumb layer’ of soft buttercream icing
Tigga then said to put the cake in the freezer for five minutes to make it easier to apply the next layer of icing and decorations
‘This is called a crumb layer because it’s used to catch any crumbs and get a nice smooth surface for your top icing coat to then go on’.
Tigga inserted the unicorn cake topper (pictured) she bought for $5 from Coles which make the eyes, ears and horn and added two brown Smarties as the nostrils.
Tigga then said to put the cake in the freezer for five minutes to make it easier to apply the next layer of icing and decorations.
She repeats the same steps for the second layer of icing and wipes away the excess left on the cake board to clean it up.
Tigga inserted the unicorn cake toppers she bought for $5 from Coles which make the eyes, ears and horn and added two brown Smarties as the nostrils.
For the unicorn’s mane, she adds buttercream into some small bowls and a few drops of different food colouring in each and mixed thoroughly – Tigga used pink, blue and purple.
Tigga spoons a line of each colour side by side on a big piece of cling film on the kitchen bench.
‘Fold the glad wrap in half, roll it like a sausage and wrap up the edges and twist. You will be left with one twist on each side. Cut one of those sides off with some scissors,’ she said.
She makes her ‘rainbow swirl’ icing and pipes it on the cake as the unicorn’s mane and adds sprinkles
Tigga said the unicorn only takes 20 to 30 minutes to make and costs approximately $30 all together
She places the icing ‘sausage’ in a piping bag with the cut tip facing down and pipes the ‘rainbow swirl’ onto the unicorn where the mane would be.
Finally, Tigga added some sprinkles to the unicorn’s mane which she said is an optional step but looks ‘super nice’.
She said the unicorn only takes 20 to 30 minutes to make and costs approximately $30 all together.
RECIPE: How to make Tigga Mac’s unicorn cake for under $50
What you’ll need
- Store-bought mud cake from Coles and Woolies. Any flavour of your choice
- Some piping bags and a piping tip nozzle, which you can easily purchase from Spotlight, Woolies or online. For the nozzle, I used the size ‘2d’
- Small bag of Smarties
- Handful of sprinkles
- Knife to cut your cake, and a palette knife to smooth over the icing
- Three food colouring options
- Unicorn topper kit. I purchased mine from Coles for $5, and it includes the ears, the horn and the eyes
- Icing of some sort. You can buy two tubs of store-bought buttercream icing of your choice – just make sure it is soft
- Cardboard cake board
- Glad wrap
- Cut the cake in half off-centre. The bigger side will be the face/head, and the smaller side will be the nose. Cutting the cake after it’s been in the fridge for a few hours so it’s a clean cut.
- Put a small smear of icing on your cake board which will act as a ‘glue’. Stand the bigger slice first on the board, and then place the smaller slice next to it and squash them together.
- Shave off the sides a bit, in order to make it look more like a unicorn head.
- For the first ‘crumb layer’ of icing, I use a piping bag, adding some of the soft buttercream into the bag and roughly piping little squiggles along the cake, using a palette knife to smooth them over.
- Once this first coat is applied, pop it in the freezer for five minutes
- After five minutes in the freezer, apply a second layer of icing, using the same method as the first layer, smoothing it over as best as you can.
- Use a fresh, clean, damp cloth to wipe the excess icing left on the edges of the cake board to make it nice and clean.
- Pop your cake toppers into the cake. For the nose, pick out two brown Smarties and pop them on the smaller slice of the cake, aka the nose area.
- Get small bowls, pop some buttercream icing in each, and add a few drops of different food colouring to each bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Put a large sheet of glad wrap across your kitchen bench. Spoon the pink icing into a line in the middle of the glad wrap
- Add in a line of the purple icing next to the pink icing on the glad wrap. Finish the same process with the blue icing
- Fold the glad wrap in half, roll it like a sausage and wrap up the edges and twist. You will be left with one twist on each side. Cut one of those sides off with some scissors
- Place your icing glad wrap sausage inside the piping bag, cut tip facing down. When you pipe, it will look like a rainbow swirl
- The final step is to add some sprinkles to the unicorn’s mane. This is optional, but it looks super nice!
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