• Ali

How to make a 2 tier unicorn cake

Updated: Apr 16, 2020

There are many cakes that'll make a child's birthday even more special. When I was little, it was often a hedgehog made with chocolate buttons or a house made with chocolate fingers. It was also common to see a cake made in a pudding basin with a doll thrust through the middle (the cake being her skirt).

But times change and today it seems you can't move for unicorns. So if you'd like to make your own but are a little unsure how to go about it, here are (what I hope are) foolproof instructions.

Firstly, you'll need to decide how big the cake should be. If you're thinking about how many guests to feed (and they're little children) then a 6" round top tier that's 4 layers tall and an 8" bottom tier that's 2 layers tall will give you about 40 slices, which is enough for a whole class party and a few adults.

1. The naked cake assembled

4 layer naked cake

Make sure you have levelled all your cakes so they're perfectly flat. Fill them with a thin layer of buttercream (too much may mean you get the layers showing through the fondant).

2. The crumb coat

Crumb coat on 2 cakes

Here you can see both cakes have had a scrape of firm buttercream around the top and sides. This seals in crumbs and makes sure the fondant has something to stick to when it's applied. You'll need to leave these in the fridge overnight to set firm.

3. The undercoat

An undercoat of fondant

Take the cakes out of the fridge and let them come to room temperature. This may take a couple of hours, particularly in winter. Then spray the cakes with a small amount of water to give the fondant a reason to stick.

Cover your cake in fondant, taking care not to let air bubbles fester. Try a small prick with a cocktail stick followed by smoothing the fondant down. Because this is the undercoat, the look of the fondant doesn't matter too much.

4. The fondant top coat

A top coat of fondant

This is the layer of fondant that matters. It's important to make it as look as good as possible so use two smoothers to achieve this. Here I'm going for rounded edges so I'm not fussed about the top of the cake having a sharp look. I've also coloured it with a tiny amount of pink food colouring.

5. The bottom cake