Unicorn No-Bake Cake Batter Truffles
Updated: Aug 27, 2020
This is a fun & whimsical cooking art project I came up with for Unicorn Day (Apr. 9!). It was inspired by these Shamrock No-Bake Cake Batter Truffles I made for St. Patrick's Day from Who Needs a Cake?
Info on Unicorn Day at the bottom of the post. Did you know it's the national animal of Scotland? :) How fun is that?
Also "Early depictions of unicorns appeared in Mesopotamian artwork, as well as in ancient myths in China and India."
I used their basic recipe, but made some tweaks. I added some more flour to get a texture I liked. I also don't have any vanilla extract. I only made 1/3 recipe, but if you make the whole recipe, then my recipe for the whole batch of no-bake cake batter truffles would have the following ingredients.
My basic no-bake cake batter truffle recipe base:
2 c. flour
1 c. white cake mix
1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c. white sugar
2 tsp. peppermint extract (** You can use a different flavor of extract if you want.)
1/8 tsp. salt
3-4 tbsp. milk
To make the no-bake cake batter truffles into Unicorns:
- food coloring (teal, pink and purple)
You will split the amount of batter/dough you make into thirds and use food coloring to color it: teal, pink and purple.
- white chocolate melting wafers
- toothpicks (or mini- bamboo skewers like I used -- they will need to be about 2")
- white fondant
- gold lustre dust (+ liquid extract) or edible gold paint
- edible marker
Other supplies: I also used nitrile gloves with cooking spray to mix in the food coloring.
Making the cake truffles
1.) Cream the room temperature butter and sugar together with an electric mixer (or you can try doing it by hand.)
2.) Add cake mix, flour, salt, peppermint (or other) extract and mix thoroughly.
3.) Add 3-4 tablespoons of milk to make a dough.
-- If the dough gets too wet, then add some more flour. You want it to be like a soft cookie dough.
4.) Split your dough into 3 pieces.
5.) Put some teal food coloring in 1 piece, pink in another and purple food coloring into the last piece.
6.) Mix in together. I used nitrile gloves that I had sprayed with cooking spray to mix the food coloring into each piece.
7.) Once you have the 3 individual colors of dough mixed, mix them together to get a marbled look.
8.) Form small cake balls (~1 inch / 2.56cm big).
9.) Put the cake balls in the fridge to set for at least 15 min.
Making the Unicorn Horns
10.) While the cake balls are in the fridge, get your toothpicks/bamboo skewers, white fondant, gold lustre dust+extract or edible gold paint together.
11.) If they are not already 2" (5.08 cm), break the toothpicks/bamboo skewers into pieces that are about 2" (5.08 cm) long.
12.) Roll out a small piece of fondant into a rope that is about 2-mm or 3-mm thick and about 3 inches (~7.62 cm) or a little shorter.
13.) Put the fondant on top of the toothpick/skewer as shown in the picture -- laying the middle of the rope on top of the skewer.
14.) Twist the 2 ends of the fondant rope around the toothpick/skewer to form your unicorn horn. Your unicorn horn will not go to the bottom of the toothpick/skewer; this is on purpose. You have a bare wood part at the bottom that will be stuck into the cake truffle.
15.) Paint your unicorn horn gold with gold lustre dust + extract or edible gold paint. Set aside to dry.
Putting it all together: Building the Unicorn!
If your cake balls have been in the fridge for at least 15 min. and you are done with your unicorn horns, then you are ready to put everything together & build your unicorn!
16.) Melt white chocolate melting wafers in the microwave on defrost setting or 50% power at 30-second or 15-second intervals.
-- I put them in a bowl. I'm still learning how to dip cake pops and cake truffles; there may be a better way to do this. I like to melt small batches of white chocolate. When I try to melt a larger batch, then it always hardens up before I finish dipping.
17.) Take your cake balls out and place 1 unicorn horn into each cake ball.
18.) Cover with white chocolate. I just spooned it on.
-- There may be a better way to do this. :)
19.) Set aside for at least 15 min. or until the chocolate is completely hardened for the final touch. :)
20.) Use your edible marker to draw on the eyes with nice eyelashes. :)
That's it! Give it a try! We are good at this!
"Today we celebrate unicorns: mythological animals that look like horses with horns on their foreheads. Although the holiday is observed all around the world, it has special significance in Scotland, where the unicorn is the national animal. Unicorns may not be real, but the concept of them goes back millennia, and they have been an ever-present part of culture.
Early depictions of unicorns appeared in Mesopotamian artwork, as well as in ancient myths in China and India. The Greek historian Ctesias referenced an animal with one horn in 400 BCE. He likely was referring to the Indian Rhinoceros, but he described the creature as having a white body and purple head, with a multicolored horn on its forehead. He wrote that the animal was very fast and that those who drank from its horn were protected from some illnesses.
There have been other legends about the power of unicorn horns. One says poisoned waters, such as rivers, can be purified with a unicorn horn so that other animals can drink it. Because of this, "unicorn horns" became very pricey, costing more than gold. These horns were actually made from the protruding tooth of narwhals. "Powdered unicorn horns" were sold in some London pharmacies until the mid-eighteenth centuries.
Unicorns were mentioned in other places in the distant past. The Bible referenced an animal named a "re'em," which was sometimes translated to "unicorn." Today it is usually translated to "wild ox," the correct translation. The Christian Greek text Physiologus says that the only way a unicorn can be caught is with a virgin maiden. In that text, a unicorn jumps in the maiden's lap, and she suckles it and takes it to the king's palace. Because of this, the unicorn was compared to Christ. According to one other legend, Genghis Khan decided not to take over India because he came upon a unicorn that bowed down to him.
The unicorn was the symbol of purity, innocence, masculinity, and power in Celtic mythology. The day itself has its roots in Scotland, where the unicorn is the national animal. It is unknown how unicorns became associated with Scotland, but one theory says that it happened after narwhals were spotted there, far away from their usual home in the Arctic. During the reign of William I, in the twelfth century, unicorns began being used on theScottish royal coat of arms. On it, two unicorns are depicted having chains around their necks. As unicorns were seen as being such powerful animals, the chains may symbolize that the Scottish kings were so strong that they even were able to tame unicorns. In the fifteenth century, during the reign of King James III,two coins—known as the unicorn and half-unicorn—had unicorns on them.