And no, it wasn’t the royal wedding cake!
Towards the end of every year, Google releases a “Year in Search” where they show the world what terms were trending either in their country or worldwide. Google’s 2018 Year in Search reminded us a few key moments of the year—such as the royal wedding, the world cup, and even the tragic passing of Anthony Bourdain. But one trend, in particular, was surprising to see this year, even ranking as the top searched food term of 2018: Unicorn Cake!
When you really think about it, finding a food item with the term “unicorn” in it may not be much of a surprise after this year. Unicorn-themed foods were quite the hit throughout 2018. Between Target’s “Unicorn Magic” ice cream, Dr. Pepper’s unicorn label, and Snack Pack Pudding’s “Magical Unicorn” flavor, it certainly was the year of the mystical horse. Even Sam’s Club had a three-tier Santa unicorn cake!
What’s in a Unicorn Cake?
Although unicorn cake isn’t a particular flavor of cake compared to our lemon or carrot cake, it certainly is an aesthetically pleasing one to look at. Our very own Unicorn Cake recipe is a showstopper with dollops of colorful frosting as the mane, and an ice cream cone cleverly placed on top as the unicorn’s horn.
Now a unicorn cake could be done in any way that your heart desires, but our specific unicorn cake recipe is made similar to a funfetti cake. It is a white cake with rainbow sprinkles, topped with many dollops of buttercream. So, if you’re the decorating type, this is for you.
What other foods were trending?
Unicorn Cake was obviously not the only popular trend of the year. 2018 was a popular year for the keto diet (which ranked as the number one searched diet in 2018), so naturally, some keto recipes came up in the top search. Some food searches, in particular, included keto pancakes and keto cheesecake. Which, of course, reminded us of our Low Fat Cheesecake recipe.
“Romaine Lettuce” actually ranked as the second most searched food term in 2018, and for good reason. This past year, there were quite a few romaine lettuce E.coli outbreaks that ended up affecting multiple states and caused numerous hospitalizations. Even now, romaine lettuce coming from northern and central California are still being investigated due to linked infections, according to the Center for Disease Control and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This is the second romaine-related E.coli outbreak in 2018, and still ongoing.
Not into this trend? No worries, these top 10 cake recipes will satisfy that sweet tooth instead!
Top 10 Cake Recipes
Years ago, I drove 4-1/2 hours to a cake contest, holding my entry on my lap the whole way. But it paid off. One bite and you’ll see why this velvety beauty was named the best chocolate cake recipe won first prize. —Sandra Johnson, Tioga, Pennsylvania
My husband loved his Mamaw’s strawberry cake recipe. He thought no one could duplicate it. I made it, and it’s just as scrumptious as he remembers. —Jennifer Bruce, Manitou, Kentucky
This pumpkin roll recipe is great to keep in the freezer for a quick dessert for my family or unexpected guests, to take to a gathering or to give as a yummy gift. The recipe is in such demand, I use a 29-ounce can of pumpkin to make four cake rolls at a time. —Erica Berchtold, Freeport, Illinois
Because I’m our town’s postmaster, I can bake only in my spare time. When I do, I especially like pound cakes. This one tastes great as is, or tucked under ice cream and chocolate syrup like a hot fudge sundae! —Karen Conrad, East Troy, Wisconsin
I found this recipe more than five years ago and have been making it for family gatherings ever since. The coffee-flavored frosting complements the moist banana cake. —Kathy Hoffman, Topton, Pennsylvania
Citrus trees grow abundantly in California, and I’m always looking for new recipes which use the fruit from the orange and lemon trees in my yard. This is one of my favorites! My mother passed this recipe down to me. —Richard Killeaney, Spring Valley, California
According to my husband, this is the best German chocolate cake recipe in the whole world. Every bite has a light crunch from the pecans, a sweet taste of coconut and a drizzle of chocolate. —Joyce Platfoot, Wapakoneta, Ohio
This wonderful recipe for carrot cake dates back to my great-grandmother! My family and I make sure to bake up a few of these carrot cakes for special occasions to make sure there’s enough to go around. You’ll love the texture this pretty, moist treat gets from pineapple, coconut and, of course, carrots! —Debbie Terenzini-Wilkerson, Lusby, Maryland