Unicorns have been everywhere over the past few years. They’re on duvet covers, clothes, socks and even mugs! Although it seems that the unicorn obsession has died down a little bit, we’re still on board and we have been since way before they even became trendy! Call us cliché but we just can’t get enough of the trend, so if you’re like us and still loving all things unicorn this baking post will be perfect for you. We decided to do some baking that was more fun (and a little more messy) than normal, so here we present to you our mini unicorn doughnuts! This recipe is super easy and fun and only requires a minimal amount of ingredients which are all affordable. Plus, they look cute and would make a great homemade gift for any unicorn lover!
For the glaze-
170g icing sugar
A few drops of water
1. Preheat the oven to gas 2, 160°C, fan 140°C and grease a mini donut tray
2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl
3. Gradually add the egg, then the milk and vanilla extract and whisk
4. Fold in the flour and baking powder and add a pinch of salt.
5. Once mixed, split the mixture evenly into separate bowls. Add a different food gel to each bowl of mixture. You can use as many colours as you like, although we only used blue, purple, green and pink as that’s all we had! We suggest adding a few drops of gel at a time and mixing until you get the colour you desire (we added gel until we got pastel colours!)
6. Put each of the coloured mixtures into separate piping bags then snip the ends slightly. Pipe a bit of each colour into the donut trays (like in the photo below)
7. Bake for around 10-15 minutes until risen
8. Remove the donuts from the oven and allow them to cool. Be very careful when removing the donuts from the tray, a lot of ours got stuck (which is why greasing the tray properly is very important!)
9. To make the icing, add the icing sugar to a bowl then add a few drops of water. Mix until the icing has a slightly runny consistency. If it goes too thick, add more water. If it’s too runny, add more icing sugar.
10. Once the donuts are cooled completely, dip them into the glaze and quickly sprinkle over whatever decorations you fancy, then you’re ready to present your rainbow creation!
We were so happy with how these turned out! It’s always risky when you try a new recipe and tweak it to make it your own, so we’re so happy with how colourful these donuts came out! If you’re up for a challenge you could always try to make the donuts into unicorn faces by adding unicorn horns and eyes, although we thought we’d keep it simple since we aren’t the greatest at baking as it is.
If you decide to give these a go yourself, let us know how they turn out for you! We’d love to see some photos too. If you have any recommendations of other unicorn inspired bakes do let us know!