Our cultural obsession with everything and anything unicorn was at its peak this year. According to Google Trends’ recently released list, Unicorn Cake was the most Googled food of 2018. Perhaps it was because we all were seeking something bright and sparkly when the world has been anything but. Perhaps we were all trying to live out our Great British Bake-Off dreams. Perhaps it was just because unicorns are shiny and pretty and who doesn’t want to eat something pretty?
What we search for, food and recipes included, says a lot about a cultural moment. “Romaine lettuce” was the second most-searched food of 2018, likely due to the CDC recall of romaine lettuce following an E. Coli outbreak. Necco wafers were also among the top ten most-search foods after the NECCO’s factory shut down suddenly and people across the internet feared the fate of their favorite chalky discs. Korean condiment gochujang gained popularity this year and cracked the top ten list. (Srirachi is quaking.) The keto diet also dominated our search history. Five of the top ten most searched foods were keto-specific recipes. Keto pancakes, keto cookies, and keto brownies were among the most craved foods for those on the Keto diet.
The search for “unicorn cake” starting increasing last year but reached its peak in July of 2018. f you’re curious why everyone was so obsessed with cakes inspired by a singular-horned mythical horse, look no further than these incredibly crafted unicorn cakes.