red velvet unicorn cake!

I don't really get the red velvet hype, it's really just a (not particularly chocolatey) chocolate cake with red food colouring in but it does look nice. And it's not like cake doesn't taste good!

My sister went to Ikea and brought me back two cake pans, I think they're meant to be a big horse and a little horse but the ear kind of looks like a horn so I went with unicorn.

After much discussion with my unicorn-loving pals I was going to make a rainbow cake, but that would have ended up as a 7 layer creation. That's too much for a Tuesday and this red velvet with pink frosting is definitely a-ok! It'd totally be a viable cupcake recipe, or just a normal 1 or 2 tiered red velvet cake recipe but go on, find an animal shape, make a unicorn or a red panda/squirrel/wolf!

This recipe is modified from the ever trusty Vegan cupcakes take over the world because I found their version a bit too gluey.

You'll need:
1 cup soy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp red food colouring (look out for the one where the colour is made from Red #40 (coal derivative) not cochineal/carmine (bug derivative)

For the frosting:
1/2 cup vegan margarine
1/4 cup soy milk
2 1/2 - 3 cups icing sugar
1 tiny drop of the red food colouring

Put the soy milk and vinegar into a mug or something to curdle and put to one side.

Tip all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together. Look at that big lump of cocoa! I should have sieved. Now add the milk & vinegar and mix. It'll be a bit dry so now add the oil and beat it in until it's lost that oily look and is just all smooth and chocolatey.

Now it's time for CSI: My Kitchen. Add the red! Looks like blood!

Stir it in until it's all red and amazing then grease up your animal shaped cake pan of choice and pour in the mix! About half way up the pan should do it, it rises quite a lot.

I'm trying to type this up and eating a slice at the same time, it was a disastrous idea. Sticky fingers and trackpads hate each other. Ok, I've put down the cake (for now), let's continue!

Bake it in the oven at Gas mark 4/375F/190C for about 20 minutes. If you're doing cupcakes the time will be a bit less, if you're doing a giant cake pan, a bit more. Just keep an eye on it.

When it came out it looked like this, big scar from some outer space battle or something, but it's ok! We're going to frost it!

Beat the marg and soy milk together until smooth, then add the icing sugar, a cup at a time until it's the right consistency. Add 1 DROP of colouring, seriously, but it doesn't have to be pink! Make different colours! I made a tiny amount of purpley blue for the horn...

Totally piped on a tail, and a mane.

Then I got a bit carried away and started throwing sprinkles around. I couldn't find my edible glitter. Probably a good thing. This cake is BIG, I had to stand on a chair to take the pictures!

Torso cross section!

Which incredible animal are you going to make?


Steven said...


The carnage! Where is the unicorn protection front when you need them?

I had completely forgotten about rainbow/marbled cake until now. Think the last time I made one was more than 20 years ago, which makes me feel uber old!

Naomi Rose said...

ha! I think it's going to be a while before I make another one because, #1: I STROKED the cake before I iced it, because it was animal shaped, and #2: I felt GUILTY to cut into it!

I've lost it.

Rainbow cakes rock! One day I'll make one, 7 layers though, phew!

aDeLiNe said...

A Polar Bear Birthday Cake!
Is there such a thing as Vegan White Chocolate?

Naomi Rose said...

a polar bear! Great idea!!

Yep, there sure is white chocolate and it's actually pretty good, lets try it out when you're here!

molly said...

this is beautiful and magical and i want to eat it NOW. instead i shall opt for my oatmeal apple cookies... BOOOOOOORING!

Rhianne said...

I nearly brought that tin last time I was there - I'm ever more tempted to get it after seeing this, it looks amazing!

Steven said...

Polar bears are my favourite animal! I couldn't eat a whole one though.

Naomi Rose said...

oh screw those boring cookies molly (although they do sound pretty yum), get baking mythical creatures!!

You too Rhianne!

Stephen, you should totally make a polar bear too, white chocolate, or RAINBOWBEAR!

veganemporium said...

How adorable! May I ask where you found a unicorn cake pan? It's so freaking amazing (i <3 unicorns...)

Naomi Rose said...

It's from Ikea! Maybe there's one near you? It's supposed to be a horse but how boring is that?!

chelsea rebecca said...

this looks incredible!!
oh my goodness too cute!

T said...

How darling!

You know, I've heard of a red velvet cake that uses beet juice for flavor and color... might be another angle to go with.

Rebecca said...

This is the best cake I've seen in a long time! How amazing. I so wish I had a unicorn cake pan and the reason to make a cake right now. :)

Liz said...

HAHA this is so perfect for you, lovebug.

nora said...

oh god, that's so cute! the mane and tail look great. said...

Eeeek , this is way way too awesome! Love it!

Rose Red said...

This looks so good! I just found your blog through Gabby, yay! I'm excited for some new vegan recipes.

pixiepine said...

Yum yum yum!

Naomi Rose said...

wowee! I go to work and come back to all this love! Thanks you guys!

Chopstick said...

MMMM! i have a T-rex cake mould, i might try make this for a friend's birthday coming up! >:) ohm nom noms... i might use green food colour and green icing! so it will be a green velvet cake???

Naomi Rose said...

yeeeeeeeeees!! Green velvet dinosaur cake!!

carly said...


Kitchen Witch said...

your unicorn's battle scar is actually from over-mixing a little. But it looks so *drool good!

I don't know what it is about red velvet, but I think it's crazy good.

Green Dino? No way, its gotta be a Green dragon and they can do battle!

i-zilla said...

love it! it looks like those giant circus animal cookies! i guess it's a good way to eat "meat" when you're vegan lol

vickys said...

I totally have the same baking pan. I suppose it's cold internationally in all Ikeas. I want a pink unicorn too!!! All the lovely frosting and sprinkles.

Naomi Rose said...

ah kitchen witch I *thought* that was what it was, you have to beat it pretty hard to get all that red mixed in!

You gotta do it vickys! And you i-zilla!

Don't you love it carly? <3

Hanako66 said...

"big scar from some outer space battle or something"

i heart you:)

Naomi Rose said...

haha! heart you right back!

Amanda said...

my gosh, you're making me want to become a vegan!! wow, yum!!!

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Anni said...

hello! first of all i really like your blog, so glad i found it. :) and about your cake pan, i guess it's supposed to be a traditional swedish "dala horse", like these:

Naomi Rose said...

Hi Anni, thanks! It might be a dala horse...or it might be a unicorn!