Unicorn Cupcakes
#HighwayUnicorn

INGREDIENTS

429g all-purpose flour

265g caster (superfine) sugar

1/2 tsp salt

3 tsp baking powder

375ml of milk

125ml vegetable oil

125g unsalted butter, softened

2 tbsp Greek yogurt (can substitute with sour cream)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 large eggs

4 drops pink food gel

2 blue pink food gel

2 drop purple food dye

Pink and purple sprinkles

 

Frosting

1 batch vanilla buttercream frosting

2 drops pink food gel

2 blue pink food gel

1 drop purple food dye

METHOD

Makes 20

Level: Medium

Preheat a fan-forced oven to 160C (320F) or 180C (356F) for a conventional oven. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners. 

 

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, baking powder, caster sugar and salt. Turn mixer on low speed and allow it to mix for a couple minutes to help everything combine well (alternatively you may do this by sifting the ingredients together). Add the softened butter and let it mix until it resembles a fine sand like texture.

 

Next, add milk, eggs, yogurt, oil and vanilla extract in a large jug and whisk well.

 

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in a slow and steady stream until no dry ingredients are visible. Scrape down the bowl and mix for another 20 seconds.

 

Split the batter between three bowls. Colour one blue, one pink and the other with 2 drops of pink and two drops of purple. Transfer batter to three separate piping bags and pipe little blobs of each colour in the cupcake liners until it’s filled ¾ of the way.

 

Bake for 20-25 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.

 

To prepare frosting colour each one blue, purple and pink (same as the batter). Fit the end of a piping bag with a round tip and add a teaspoon of each coloured frosting in the bag (just randomly)

 

Core the centre of each cupcake and fill with sprinkles.

 

Frost three blobs of frosting on the cupcake. The bottom one being the biggest and the top one being smaller. Continue piping little blobs around each blob finishing with one final blob on top.

 

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HELPFUL TIPS!

 

STORAGE: store in an airtight container for up to 3 days (refrigerated or unrefrigerated).

 

CAKE: Recipe can be used for two 8” cake tin - adjust baking time to 30-40 min and bake on 180C

 

EQUIPMENT: Can be made using a hand mixer (always mix on lowest speed) or a hand whisk. Take care not to over mix the batter.

 

OVEN TEMPERATURE:  If you’re baking at home set your fan forced oven to 160C (320F).

 

BAKING TIME: These cupcakes typically bake on a lower temp and for a little longer than regular cupcake recipes. That’s what helps get that gorgeous even dome shape on top. The cupcakes don’t dry out. Bake your cupcakes for 20 min. If you insert a skewer and it comes out with wet batter, bake for an extra 5 min until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out with moist crumbs.

 

TOOLS:

Large mixing bowls

Spatula

Magic Whisk for wet ingredients                              

Kitchen Scales

Stand mixer (or hand mixer)

Wire rack

Frosting bag

Tablespoon

Measuring spoons

Cupcake baking tin

Paper liners

Ice cream scoop (optional)

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