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Black cupcakes (we’ve nicknamed them SoulCakes as they are yes, black like my soul), unicorns ?, party lights, sparkler candles and a quick DIY — it’s a cyber birthday bash celebrating Quiet Lion’s fifth birthday, and Mhm That Girl’s first year breakthrough into blogging!
If you’re a reader, you already know my spiel. However, if you haven’t, check out Bianca from Mhm That Girl’s blog – an online Wonderland of fairytale friends, EDM and Rave – themed posts, and super cool DIYs. Follow her on FB and INSTA! Her stuff is definitely magical as f✨ck.
As in any collaboration, especially a birthday one, it’s a mix of two styles – we’d been planning this collab for a while, and wanted to make sure it perfectly captured the essence of our absolute favorite things. Bianca’s love of bright colors and anything fairytale perfectly contrasted my affinity for yes, the color black, and anything slightly (or fully) witchy. ?
These cupcakes look totally spellbound – complete with edible glitter and fit for any Unicorn Queen, they were the perfect birthday treat for us to make. We took cues from the stars to create micro galaxies on the cakes!
Look at these pretties!
Read below to follow our cupcake-making journey. PLUS — I’ve included another DIY on how to make these shooting star pendants (seen on Mr. Unicorn above) which DOUBLE as cupcake toppers AND pendants!!!
Let’s start —
Step 1: Gather ingredients. Bianca is the baker in the bunch. I used to be better, but have gotten lazy about the cleaning, which deters me from honing the skill. We kept it somewhat easy peasy in this post, mixing some boxed items with a more DIY approach.
For the cake -we used boxed organic cake mix, vanilla, almond milk, vegan margarine, coconut milk yogurt and black food coloring (a lot of it-story coming soon). I can’t say these are absolutely vegan (the yogurt, although dairy free, has live cultures which classify it as non-vegan) so if you do want to make these absolutely positively vegan, use your favorite egg substitute.
For the icing — powdered sugar, vegan dark chocolate chunks, more margarine and vanilla. It made a chocolatey ganache-like coating, which we were surely not disappointed with.
Bianca took the reigns here…………
And the Kitchenaid (which I haven’t used in years) was resurrected for some mixing action.
And then……the black food coloring. “Now, you just put a few drops of the food coloring into the mix” Bianca says to me, as the drops slowly fall into the mixer. One drop, two drop…PLOP. The ENTIRE container of black food coloring. Quickly blending into the rest of the mix, like dark storm clouds overtaking the blue skies.
I am pleased. She is shocked. “HOW DID I LITERALLY POUR THE ENTIRE FRICKING BOTTLE IN HERE” – she jumps to the laptop, “Can you die from food coloring overdose?!” she frantically Googles.
The batter is black as tar, and that works for me. “Just bake ’em”, I say, “They’ll look dope in photos”. She spends the rest of the day in disbelief.
Rule of thumb: watch the black food coloring, it’s sneaky.
Watercolor cupcake liners (we got these at Michaels) offset the monochromatic cupcakes, adding that quintessential “Birthday” vibe. These cakes were off to baking.
Bianca had the genius idea of getting BLACK edible glitter to decorate – we made sure to go slow here, so that the entire package of glitter didn’t end up on the cupcakes.
This is where the icing came in — we gently piped it on the surface of the cupcakes, like Magic Shell. All we did to make the icing was simply melt the ingredients on the stovetop, stirring carefully to prevent it from seizing. We piped it when it was still warm so that it hardened on the cupcakes.
To finish off the galaxy-inspired look,we sprinkled on edible star-shaped glitter as well. Bright silvery white, to contrast against the ganache icing.
Now, as promised — the DIY for these cute cupcake toppers!
Step 1: Gather materials. I used 16g aluminum wire, 4mm bicone crystals, 6mm jump rings, 28g silver wire and roundnose pliers / wire cutters.
Simply draw any shape on tracing paper. I kept it simple for the tutorial, but try fancier things like unicorns (see here) or other magical creatures!
Cut a 6″ piece of 16g wire. Trace on top of your drawing, bending gently with the roundnose pliers.
Finish the shape by looping the end, then wrapping the other end around this loop. Cut a 12″ piece of 28g wire. Wrap the wire around one side of the star, catching beads in the wraps and pulling tight.
Attach a 6mm jumpring to the top loop – now, it becomes a cool pendant!
Stick in the cupcake – gently – and allow the crystal side to stick out. These
Take the piece out before snarfing down that cupcake — and add it to a dainty necklace chain for instant sparkle!!
P.S. — the Emoji confetti I made quickly by simply printing emojis on cardstock. Ok, maybe the cutting part wasn’t quick- but now ‘imma sprinkle that stuff everywhere. Pink aliens, black hears and moons? I say YAS.
NOW, since you’ve been a good little reader and stuck with us all the way to the end, PREPARE TO BE REWARDED!!!
We have TWO GIVEAWAYS for our birthdays!!!
Shown below, Bianca’s crazy cool crystallized sneakers — these are amazeballs. All our ravers, EDM lovers, supa kool kids and more — head over to Bianca’s Facebook Page here to LIKE her page, and be entered for a chance to WIN these badboys!
To see what I’m giving away — head to my FACEBOOK PAGE here !! It’s a surprise!!
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