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{August Recipe} Britt's Funfetti Unicorn Birthday Cake

This month we have been lucky enough to team up with the lovely Britt from She Who Bakes. Earlier this year we saw her amazing birthday cake which was inspired by unicorns and full of colour, sprinkles and chocolate! We've adapted this recipe so it fits into a Bakes Box and can't wait to see how you all get on. We like to give a step by step guide on our blog each month for even more tips to go along side your recipe card. Remember to share your magical creations with us on Instagram using @bakesbox or #bakesbox. Method Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C and line and grease 1 square cake tin (23x23cm). In a large bowl, beat together all the cake ingredients together until pale and fluffy (don't forget those funfetti sprinkles). Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and the cake springs back when pressed. Turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely. Meanwhile, make the icing by beating the icing sugar and butter together until smooth (it helps if your butter is at room temperature not straight out the fridge). Separate equally into two bowls. Using your cocktail stick, add a tiny drop of blue colour to one bowl and a drop of the purple to the other, mixing well until the colour you want is achieved. Don't be tempted to squeeze it all in as the icings will be very intense. Make the bark by placing the chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of just simmering water, being careful not to let the water touch the bottom of the bowl. Once melted, pour onto a sheet of greaseproof and spread into a thin rectangle (about 12cmx8cm). Add a drop of the pink colouring and swirl it into the chocolate. Sprinkle over some of the sprinkles and place into the fridge to set. archive- LG - 12 (3) archive- LG - 14 archive- LG - 15 Once the cake is cool, trim the edges with a sharp knife to straighten and cut the cake equally into four squares. Place the squares on top of each other, using alternative icings to sandwich them together (if you fancy, you could also add a little jam in between each layer). Put the remaining icing into the 2 piping bags. Push your dowel down through the centre of the cake and hold on to it whilst decorating. Pipe either dots of icing randomly onto the cake or alternate stripes. Piping dots seems to be easier as it spreads nicely onto the cake and you get a fun tie-dye effect. Stripes will mean your cake resembles Britt's more closely but you need to work quickly to ensure the icing doesn't fall off the cake before you even it out. Dip a pallet knife into hot water and smooth the icing up and down, blending the colours together. It is really important to keep dipping the knife into the hot water to get a smooth finish. Remove the dowel and smooth any remaining icing over the top. archive- LG - 8 (3)archive- LG - 9 (3)  archive- LG - 10 (3) archive- LG - 3 (3) archive- LG - 2 (3) To make the chocolate drip, melt the remaining white chocolate in the same way as earlier. Pour the chocolate over the top of the cake and use a spoon to encourage the chocolate to drip down the sides of the cake. Do this slowly to ensure you get even drips on all sides. archive- LG - 17 archive- LG - 16 funfetti drip cake Once the bark is set, cut it with a hot sharp knife into 3 triangles and place on top of the cake (heat the knife under the hot tap and then dry well before using). If your kitchen is warm and the bark is melting quickly, once you've cut it you could pop it back into the fridge for 5 minutes to re-set it. Add any remaining sprinkles to the cake to finish.   If your still feeling creative, why not… -           Make some rainbow meringue kisses by whisking one egg white with 80g of sugar. Draw stripes of food colouring into a piping bag and add the mix. Pipe small meringues and bake for 30-40mins at 200C in a pre-heated oven. Place on and around your cake. -           Add party rings around the cake and a handful of dolly mixture and marshmallows. archive- LG - 19 funfetti drip cake We love seeing how you get on making your monthly boxes to please share your photos with us on Instagram using @bakesbox or #bakesbox.

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