Updated: Mar 5, 2018
I made this delicious Funfetti cake for my daughter's birthday and it was an absolute hit!
“Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud --Maya Angelou.”
9 Tbsps. butter softened
3 cups sugar
1 cup grapeseed oil
4 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups + 2 Tbsps. all-purpose flour
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup of Greek yogurt, (I use Greek Gods with honey because it's creamy and delicious)
9 egg whites room temperature preferred
1/2 cup sprinkles
8 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 1/5 cups of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Decoration extra ingredient:
Half a cup of melted chocolate, but don't melt it until you are ready to use it. It's one of the last steps.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Prepare two 9" x 13" cake pans by greasing and flouring them. Get rid of the excess flour.
In stand mixer, beat butter until creamy.
Add sugar and oil and beat until creamy.
Add the real vanilla extract.
In separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
With mixer on medium speed, gradually add the flour mixture and the milk and yogurt.
In separate bowl, combine your egg whites and, with a hand-mixer on high-speed, beat until stiff peaks form.
Using a spatula, gently fold your egg whites and sprinkles into your batter. Scrape the sides and bottom and combine without overmixing.
Evenly divide cake batter into prepared pans.
Bake on 350F for 32-36 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean.
Remove cakes from oven and allow them to cool completely and don't start frosting until after you assembly the unicorn!!!
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix all of the ingredients on low speed until it starts to come together.
Increase speed to high and beat for 3-4 minutes until frosting is fluffy, pausing once or twice to scrape the bowl down. It needs to be the right consistency, fluffy and creamy but never runny. Separate the frosting in different bowls for all the colors you will use. I used 4 colors as you can see in the photo. Leave a little bit of white for the eye!!!
Assembling the unicorn:
Now, before you start breathe and stretch a little bit, shake your arms and legs and prepare to have fun!
As you can see here, I left one of the 9" x 13" cakes intact, it is the base for the unicorn's head. The second 9" x 13" needs to be cut with the shape of the neck and head and a second cut of just the head (don't forget the ear). This will add a 3D look.
The hair is made by the frosting and the unicorn horn is a sturdy piece of cardboard that I stuck between the head with the neck and just the head piece.
Draw a unicorn's head with a neck in a sheet of paper and then trace it again without the neck. You trace the second head with one ear so it's exactly the same as the first one you drew. You draw the horn just to know where it goes, (and the size and shape), but don't mark it or cut it on the cake! The horn will be made out of a piece of sturdy cardboard.
Place the drawings on top of the cake and with a very sharp knife mark the heads on the cake. Don't cut the cake yet just mark it.
Remove the pieces of paper from the cake and now you can proceed to cut the unicorn head with neck and without the neck from the cake. Take your time, do it slow and don't worry if some mini crumbs fall down. You can always fix it with the frosting.
Spread the frosting on the base cake so it's ready for the unicorn head. I used neon food coloring because it was for my 6 year old daughter but you can use any colors you want.
Place the frosted base cake in the fridge for 30 minutes so the frosting is not super soft, that will make the placement of the unicorn's head a lot easier.
Now that you have your two unicorn pieces you can place them on top of the base cake.
Spread a little bit more of Frosting in the base cake where the head will be.
Place the piece with the neck first and then add a little bit of frosting where the head will be before putting it on top.
For the horn you need to draw it on a piece of cardboard, make sure it's the same size and shape as the one you drew on the paper so it looks the same and matches your unicorn shape.
Once the horn is done you can stick it between the head and neck and just the head cake pieces.
Now you have finished assembling the cake!!!
Now you can start decorating your unicorn's head, you already have all the bowls of all the different colors you want to use, they have to be well mixed and ready.
All the hair is done with frosting don't forget the front hair on the unicorn's forehead.
I used a cake spatula to soften the look of the unicorn and I mixed a little rose color with the purple to give lights and shades to the face. You could say I contoured the unicorn's face, I used frosting like makeup hehe.
For the eye, nose and mouth I used melted chocolate and then drew them with the help of a toothpick.
Then I frosted the white of the eye and then the iris. I used very small brushes to apply the frosting.
Spread some of the frosting on the horn and then you can decorate it with sprinkles or use more than one color of frosting, your imagination is the limit.
I used sugar pearls of different sizes and colors to finish the look of the cake.
And you are done!!! Congratulations, you have made an epic Unicorn cake.
I was quite nervous taking this cake to the gym where my daughter's birthday party took place but it was worth it. All the kids loved it and my daughter was the happiest! :0)