I first became quite interested in this unicorn topic when I got a request to do over 200 unicorn themed cake pops in the space of one month. Amazing, right 😉 That’s not even counting the cakes or cupcakes that also left the kitchen that month… needless to say it was super busy around here with all these unicorns coming and going!
So as I started my researching into the world of unicorns, I even came across Google questions that included…
“Is the unicorn trend over?” – (I’m sure many bakers are wondering this too… haha!)
“What is the unicorn trend?” – (Well, I think if you’re a baker you definitely know the answer to this one).
And of course
“What does unicorn mean?”
Unicorn Cake Trend
So through all my unicorn research I discovered that Jenna Hutchinson, a Canadian baker is credited with starting the very popular Unicorn cake trend in the baking industry in 2016. Jenna, is thought to be the creative baker who started the trend of these exquisitely decorated cakes! And in 2018, the unicorn cakes became a top trending google search. I’m not surprised! They really are the cutest. And ever since then bakers have been inundated with requests for Unicorn themed cakes, unicorn shaped cookies, unicorn cake pops or unicorn designed anything.
Unicorn Trend in general
Unicorns haven’t only taken over the baking world but they are popping up all over the place in all their glittery and colourful glory. From Kellogg Co.’s recently launched Kellogg Unicorn Cereal (limited edition) or even Startbucks unicorn Frappuccino which is a blended drink featuring mango syrup and sour blue drizzle. And the trend continues, into meringues, donuts, macarons marshmallows, sprinkles and more… Needless to say, we haven’t even started mentioning the pencils, pens, handbags, slippers and snuggly pj’s that have also been found with lovely unicorns all over them.
Unicorns have definitely taken the world by storm, and we really love those little guys!
So, what is the history behind the Unicorn you ask?
As Wikipedia mentions, The unicorn is a legendary mythical creature described with a single, large, pointed, spiralling horn coming from it’s forehead and has been mentioned by the ancient Greeks, in European folklore and it’s even mentioned in the Renaissance and Middle Ages as an extremely wild woodland creature.
A dedicated Unicorn Day?
National Unicorn Day is celebrated on 9 April each year. A wonderful day to celebrate these lovely mythical and mysterious creatures. Unicorn Day was created to celebrate these majestic creatures and help adults remember how much more fun life can be when we let a little magic in sometimes. At this point you might be wondering how you could celebrate this special day, by inviting some friends to come over and bake colourful cupcakes together of course and then you can top them off with colourful buttercream and unicorn themed sprinkles. And there’s no need to stress if you’ve never baked cupcakes before, cause here’s a delicious recipe to try at home:
Easy Vanilla Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes
1 cup flour
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 ⁄4 cup butter, softened
½ cup milk
½ teaspoon vanilla essence (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180C;
- Line muffin tray with cupcake liners.
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy (this is easier when the butter is at room temp so the mixture doesn’t clump) .
- Beat in eggs one at a time and mix after each addition.
- Add the flour, baking powder and salt together.
- Alternating the dry ingredients with the milk beat well.
- Stir in the vanilla.
- Divide evenly among pans and bake for 18 minutes. Let cool in pans and enjoy! :).
For the Buttercream Icing:
140g butter softened
280g icing sugar sifted
1 tbsp milk
a few drops food coloring
- Beat the butter in a bowl with half the icing sugar until smooth.
- Then, add the remaining icing sugar with a bit of the milk, and beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Lastly, add the food coloring and mix until well combined. Using a piping bag with a star nozzle, pipe the icing onto the cooled cupcakes.
Another fun activity to celebrate Unicorn day could be to decorate some unicorn themed cookies or paint your own box of unicorn cookies (available from Ovenly Love), while sitting down to enjoy a move with some friends.
So what ever you decide to do to celebrate Unicorn day, enjoy every magical moment and embrace the fun side of life. You can even send us some of your pics to be showcased on our Facebook page monthly. Just use the hashtag #ovenlylovecupcakes or #ovenlylovecookies and don’t forget to tag us @ovenylove. I can’t wait to see all your amazing creations.
Every baker has a secret and the recipe for Pastel de Nata is one recipe that is (obviously) very closely held to 3 baker’s chests. I wanted to know more about this pastry and thought this was a great article for everyone to leave comments on handy tips you’ve learnt while in the kitchen. The Pastel de Nata is a traditional Portuguese set dessert; and although it looks like a pretty basic recipe, it comes coated in mystery… Made using layer upon layer of puff pastry with a generous serving of custard, these tarts are eaten in Portugal and across the world, at any time of the day with coffee.
There is more to this tartlet than milk and sugar though. The in’s and outs of putting the ingredients together is top secret amongst the top pastel de nata cooks; and how the recipe came about is still a mystery. The origin of pastel de nata dates back to the 19th century when (supposedly) a monk sold the recipe to a bakery in the Belém district of the capital Lisbon back in 1834; after the monasteries were closed by the state. The now famous bakery, founded by the family, still make the original tartlets. Peak season sees the bakery producing 50 000 tarlets a day! Baked at 400 degrees celcius and using a milk-based custard, little else is known about their methods.
Try this version of the delicous tarts here
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