In the middle of a freezing cold autumn we created this fun and tropical inspired flamingo cake! It definitely brightened up our day. Smoothed with pale pink passion fruit ganache and adorned with a flurry of ice and blush pink candy feathers, pink macarons and soft blush roses this flamingo inspired cake is pretty fancy!
For the gorgeous textured ‘feathers’ on this flamingo cake we created custom coloured mixes using Wilton Candy Melts in pink and bright white. This had to encompass two different light tones of pink. We added a few of the melts to the standard pink for the slightly darker tone. Then for the pale edible brush strokes we combined half and half of the pink and white. Using WiltonCandy Melts made the feathers a lot more durable than if we used chocolate. It may have been cold weather, but we needed to think about in car heating too. Chocolate is great to use, but we didn’t want to risk the feathers softening and melting at all.
By the way… we have a tutorial on how to make those brushstrokes!
Pretty in pink flamingo cake!
We used a pale pink modelling / gum paste (fondant with CMC powder added) to create the chic flamingo head and neck. The neck was kept a little shorter to keep the whole piece nice and stable. This also had to be created a fair few days in advance so that it had enough time to set well. We freehand sketched a template on parchment paper making sure it stuck to a good size / dimension. Facial features were added using black fondant and sweet little blushed cheeks from some pink edible petal dust!
The overall cake had to stay pretty pale in colour, but getting a few different subtle tones in helps add interest. For this we created the flamingo head and board out of the same blush pink, but kept the ganache on the cake a shade or two paler. We then added different shades of light pink around the cake; making sure each element was kept a couple shades lighter or darker.
The Lemon & Passion Fruit macarons nestled amongst the feathers and roses were in our popular blush pink tone. If they were any paler they would have began to look peach-like due to the slight caramelisation when baking (it adds a yellow tint to them). To incorporate this colour we made the darker feathers to almost match.
The pretty pale pink roses dotted around this flamingo cake were from The Orange Grove flower shop in Hessle. They were quite large and full with a few shades of pink in them. These added a luxuriously soft and ruffled look sat amidst the macarons and candy feathers!
This was such a pretty cake (and oh so pink) that we didn’t want to see it leave us. It did, however, need to fulfil it’s cake destiny so off it went to be the toast of the party!
This mermaid birthday cake has to easily be one of the craziest fun cakes we’ve been asked to create so far. The inspiration behind this was little Emily’s love for a My Little Pony movie about unicorn mermaids (seriously… why didn’t this exist when we were 5?!?). Armed with images of her rainbow streaked and glitter covered party invites we had all the inspiration we needed. Our idea in the end was of a giant pink marshmallow (where else are unicorns going to live?) floating Île de Floattant style on a turquoise sea inhabited by mermaids. This possibly makes us sound insane, but sometimes it helps for us to build a small story behind the design of a cake. We think it helps add a little extra fun.
Recently the lovely The Shire Bakery sent us some pretty cool sprinkles. These included lots of metallic rods, tiny star studded mixes and a fun sea / mermaid themed bottle! We needed certain colours for this cake so we created a more custom mix out of some of our favourites! In went the sugar pearls, shimmering sea shells, giant pink confetti pieces, baby blue seahorses, pastel yellow stars and pink/rose gold metallic rods! Perfect for a mermaid birthday cake!
Nestled on top was Emily’s own magical unicorn, a huge rainbow 5 and a cloud with her name in gold! The fondant number 5 was tricky as it needed to be larger than the unicorn, hold itself up and be heavily decorated. Any added weight can make a custom fondant number or letter snap. To get around this we created the piece in advance and added a hidden support structure inside.
Unicorn and mermaid birthday cake
We doa lotofcakes topped with fondant unicorns so we try to make every single one different. Some have pink ombré hair and some sport a rainbow style. Some unicorns are star studded and some have a little added glitz! We gave this little cutie a super excited expression with a slightly upturned head, closed-tight eyes and a cheeky smile! We also dusted her with edible lustre and added rainbow stars in her wild rainbow mane.
Loving the board on this beauty! We created fondant mermaid tails with bright fondant and edible gold paint. We then surrounded these with sprinkles meringue kisses as ‘rocks’. The pretty turquoise meringues were studded with tiny gold sprinkles from Fancy Sprinkles! These added a little extra fun to the plain pink kisses with the texture and extra gold.
Also, running down the cake is a seriously so-bright-you’ll-need-sunglasses hot pink drip! We used a cocoa butter based food colouring for this as normal food colour is generally water based. We all know what happens to chocolate when a bit of water hits it… it seizes up! Yikes.
Now for a final look at this magical rainbow covered mermaid birthday cake! We loved it from start to finish. What’s not to love really… cute unicorn… mermaids… rainbows… stars… cake!
We know that this is a cake for a cute 1st birthday, but the fun-loving side of us just can’t resist it! We even nicknamed the little unicorn on top, Stardust. With golden stars and a colourful rainbow this pink unicorn birthday cake is ready to start the party!
Here’s a nice little close-up of that magical fondant unicorn! We lightly dusted the body with white lustre for a little sparkle. Obviously, a must for a mythical creature right? Once we created it’s sweet little face and added lots of pink elements like it’s hair, ‘hooves’ and muzzle then finished it with tiny stars and a little blush.
Pretty in pink unicorn birthday cake!
We also made a glitzy star-studded number one topper to sit on top. We love addinga littlemetallic to any design. On this pink unicorn birthday cake we’ve also added lots of golden stars and a shimmering ribbon trim to match! Any metallic adds a lovely hint of luxury!
The cake inside is our light carrot cake filled with juicy sultanas, shredded carrots and some fragrant spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger). Paired with creamy Madagascan vanilla bean infused buttercream it’s a popular flavour for us!
The front of the cake features a fun edible rainbow of pink, lilac, baby blue, green and soft yellow fondant! Both ends finished with shimmery white clouds. We then adorned this blush pink unicorn birthday cake with a flurry of stars! The lucky little birthday girl, Darcey, then had her name added along the bright rainbow!
We loved making this adorable cake. While all our cakes are bespoke we like to make each littlefondant unicorn super unique! For this one lots of pink was requested. We then added little stars in its curly hair too! We hope Darcey and all her guests had a wonderfully magical unicorn-filled day!
Yay! Here’s a ridiculously bright and fun rainbow unicorn cake we created for a birthday party. How insanely cool is this idea? We like to call this kind of cake a ‘freak cake’. It’s inspired by those crazy freakshake milkshakes that are covered with anything and everything sugar-coated. What’s so unicorn about this? Golden unicorn horn, magical sugary treats and rainbow… obviously!
Super magical rainbow unicorn cake!
We were asked to create a fun, gold drip cake for a 15th birthday that was bright in colour… and chocolate. We quickly sketched out our idea for a unicorn cake with a gold sequin drip (we LOVE adding those), a whole white chocolate bar jutting out of the top and oodles of rainbow sprinkles and candies. The lovely folks over at Bakesbox sent us an amazing bottle of their Unicorn Mix Sprinkles, which were utterly perfect for this little cake!
Inside is our Belgian chocolate cake filled with Madagascan vanilla and Belgian white chocolate truffle buttercream. The frosting covering the outside was also our Belgian white chocolate truffle buttercream, but with streaks of super bright colour! We coloured small amounts of frosting in fun neon pink, turquoise, lilac and lemon yellow. Added ‘splodges’ of each around the cake with a small palette knife and then used an icing scraper to create the streaked effect around the sides!
OK. Now for the list of biscuits, candies, chocolates etc that adorn the top and sides of this little beauty. Chopped up Flumps (they’re twisted marshmallow ropes to all the non-UK people out there, Party Rings (donut-like shaped cookies with a sugar glaze), rainbow Smarties, an entire bar of Belgian white chocolate, Bakesbox Unicorn Mix sprinkles, golden fondant unicorn horn, and a Belgian white chocolate ganache drip studded with white confetti sequin sprinkles then painted with edible gold.
Remember our tutorial for a super cute little teddy bear cake available over at the Craftsy.com store? Well now it’s time for a fun unicorn cake! Yup! It’s a full in-depth tutorial in PDF format (that also comes with some of the cool things you’ll need to create it). Head on over to Craftsy.com to get a unicorn cake kit of your own!
Unicorn cake tutorial!
Who isn’t going to loveloveLOVE this little cutie? Rainbow mane? Check. Cheeky little smile. Check. Uh… unicorn. Definite check! When the folks over at Craftsy asked us to design and create some cake tutorials specifically for kit form (PDF print out guide and the cool stuff to make it) our first thought was… unicorn cake. They’re such a trend right now and they’re also ridiculously fun so we had to. We sketched out a few ideas, but we wanted it to look different to the myriad of unicorn treats out there right now, but obviously still recognisable. We ended up playing with the cake shape, brightening the colours from popular pastels to a slight neon look, and tweaking facial features and mane.
Ahhh just look at that glorious rainbow main! Our ideas went from curly, messy to sleek. Sleek seemed the best and most accessible style for the majority of people to get to grips with. It’s simple and can be attached fully to the sides and top of the design. For beginners… curly hair would get pretty infuriating to manage.
We toyed with a few different positions and styles for the unicorn’s smile before settling on a simple and straight forward sideways grin. For a little extra ease novices can even draw in the eyes and mouth with an edible marker too! If you’re feeling pretty adventurous though you can change it up… try adding a funny little pink tongue sticking out? Extend it’s smile and indent slight dimples? Try a half moon shape for a super happy unicorn?
OK, now we’ll leave you with one final image of our rainbow unicorn cake tutorial. Remember to follow this link and get started on making your very own!