DIY Unicorn Cake – Baking Challenge for Kids

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DIY Unicorn Cake – Baking Challenge for Kids

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How cute are these unicorn cakes?  I keep seeing them everywhere!  My kids went to a friend’s birthday party that had a unicorn cake.  They came home from the party talking about the cake!  We have always done a lot of baking together, but they have watched some baking videos recently and really wanted to take their baking skills to the next level.  I figured that the unicorn cake was a good place to start!  I made the one below to give them an idea of what they were going to create.  They wanted to try it on their own as a friendly competition between them.

unicorn cake

I set out on a table all of the supplies that I thought they would need.  The only thing that I premade was the buttercream frosting, but otherwise they created their cakes on their own!  They had 2 hours to create their cakes.  They also had 10 ‘Helps’ where they could ask for help or tips on what to do when something wasn’t working out.   I was surprised by how little they ended up needing my help.

unicorn cake

I had them use small baking tins – mainly because I don’t own 10 small baking pans, but also because the tins made for easier clean up.  It was interesting to watch them know to grease their tins and only fill them half way with the cake mix.  They then added food colouring to get the rainbow colours and experimented to find just the right shade.  I stayed with them the whole time and was in charge of everything that went in and out of the oven.  Safety first!

unicorn cake

They then tried the fondant.  I have never worked with it before, but my kids did such a great job!  I think because they are experts with playdough, the fondant was a bit easier for them!  Corn starch helped a lot when it became sticky as well –  we learned this trick quickly!

unicorn cake

After the fondant, they went on to create the unicorn’s mane.  We used regular baggies and piping tips.  They mixed the icing and food colouring.  This part was a bit tricky.  The icing that we used was not as thick as it needed to be so it ended up running down instead of forming the mane.  However, my kids decided they loved the look of it and added candies in order to make it “even more beautiful”.

unicorn cake

We had some company over in the evening so we decided that we would do a big reveal and taste test.  I was happy that the cakes were being shared!  We showed the cakes, one by one and then the kids plated a piece for everyone.  We then did a taste test.  The cakes turned out beautifully and tasted delicious!  I was so proud of them and they were so happy with their creations that they kept going into the kitchen, just to look at them.  They both decided that they preferred their unicorn cakes to the original and I have to agree!  They were delicious and the most creative unicorn cakes that I have ever seen.

unicorn cake

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