We love this unicorn pancake recipe from family food writer Caroline Morrish. We're not saying it's super healthy (it does have a bit of fruit in?), but everyone deserves a treat sometimes.
As there's hot stoves involved, get your little one to help you with the setting up and decorating rather than the making. They can help you measure the ingredients, and with the all-important finishing touches.
If you have any batter left in the bowl, these cute-as-a-button bear pancakes are a breeze to make – and perfect for younger kids.
Rather watch than read? Hit play on the video below to learn how to make these unicorn pancakes.
- 200g self-raising flour
- 250ml milk
- 1 medium egg
- ½ tsp baking powder
- Sunflower or vegetable oil
- Pink food colouring
- Chocolate sauce
- Squirty cream
- Hundreds and thousands
- Ice cream cone
How to make unicorn pancakes
Beat together the self-raising flour, milk, egg, and baking powder with a whisk until smooth. Add the pink food colouring to the mixture.
Heat up the frying pan and add a splash of sunflower or vegetable oil, then add a ladle of batter to the pan (or two if you have room in the pan).
Cook the pancake until bubbles form on the top and it's firm underneath, then flip and cook for 30 seconds or more on the other side.
Remove from the pan and set aside to keep warm, then repeat with the remaining batter.
Put one of the pink pancakes on a plate, and use chocolate sauce to draw on the unicorn's closed eyes and eyelashes.
Use squirty cream to create the mane, and add strawberries for the ears. Decorate the mane with chopped strawberries, blueberries, and hundreds and thousands.
Add a small ice cream cone (you can trim a larger one with scissors to make it the right size) for the horn.
Following a recipe is a fun, easy way for your child to learn key skills like problem solving, and it helps develop their independence too. They'll also need to use maths to measure out the ingredients, and their creativity skills to transform their pancake into a magical unicorn. Ta-da!