Unicorn toast, or mermaid toast is a trend that swept Instagram in 2017. Maybe I’m a little late to the party here, but I just made these gorgeous toasts. And they’re super easy!
Call me extra, or whatever, but I think it’s fun to play with your food from time to time. These toasts are a really fun, easy way to dress up your breakfast or mid morning snack!
And because I’m currently obsessed with edible flowers (Hello Spring!), I thought nothing was more fitting to decorate.
As for the colors, I did use some gel food color I keep around for coloring frosting. However, if that’s not your jam, this is a pretty good resource for which natural ingredients create different pigments.
Some things I’ve used in the past that work really well are blueberries for purple, beets for red, matcha for green, Spirulina for blue, or turmeric for yellow. The only downside is sometimes these will flavor the cream cheese and you really have to ask yourself, do you want turmeric toast for breakfast? And unless you use a lot of these ingredients, you wont get the same vibrant hue as in these photos.
But I happen to think those muted colors are really gorgeous too!
Once you’ve mixed your colors together (either with dye or the natural ingredients in the above link), it’s time to get creative! The biggest piece of advice I can give is to just wing it. And maybe save some extra plain cream cheese just in case things go poorly. I scraped off two of these toasts before I got something I actually liked. (Version 1 somehow turned from colorful, to camouflage, to baby poo very quickly)
How to Make Unicorn Toast
Top with some berries, nuts, flowers, sprinkles or honey! Or all of them! The biggest thing is just to remember to have fun!
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How to Make Unicorn Toast
Find out how to make these Instagram worthy treats! Making gorgeous unicorn or mermaid toast is easier than you think!
- Prep Time: 10
- Total Time: 10
- Yield: 4 1x
4 slices dark whole grain bread, toasted
8 oz of cream cheese, separated
food colors of choice or natural alternatives (see post)
assorted fruit like blueberries and strawberries
Lay the toast on your work surface and spread a thick layer of plain cream cheese on top.
With the remaining cream cheese separated into small bowls, add 1-2 drops of gel food color in your desired colors in each bowl. Stir to combine and add more color to get your desired shade.
Now have fun – roughly spread different colored cream cheese onto the toasts. Start slow (a little color goes a long way) and make sure you spread each color in the same direction. The more the colors mix, the more they will turn into one uniform color (this is how I messed up my first 2 toasts). The white cream cheese base will make it easier to swirl each color, if you choose.
Top with sprinkles, blueberries or strawberries, nuts, or edible flowers. If you like sweet cream cheese, drizzle some honey on top and enjoy!
Some fun color combinations are blue & purple, blue & green, green & yellow, yellow, orange and red, red & purple.
Try to keep the colors in the same family. Combinations like red & green, purple & yellow, blue & orange are a fast way to get to brown. Tread carefully!
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