Inspired by unicorn cupcakes and the Magnolia hotel, I’m creating Pegasus cupcakes!
You can’t come to Dallas without seeing the iconic Pegasus displayed across the city. It’s Dallas’ unofficial mascot. Why a Pegasus? Well, the Magnolia hotel is one reason why. In 1934 a brilliant neon Pegasus icon was placed on top of the Magnolia headquarters building. For years this building was the tallest building in Dallas and could be seen from miles away.
While the original Magnolia company changed hands over the years the Pegasus stayed on top of the building in downtown Dallas. The original red Pegasus stayed lit until 1999 when the symbol was replaced with a shiny new version. While the original was placed in storage for many years it was eventually renovated and is now at street level in downtown Dallas (it’s the Pegasus in this photo).
Now when you visit Dallas you’ll find Pegagus all over the city, from street signs to murals. But I was really excited when I got the opportunity to stay at the Magnolia hotel recently, at the heart of where the Dallas red Pegagus started.
This glass artwork is located behind the front desk.
Nearly 100 years old, the hotel is in the renovated Magnolia headquarters building. A Dallas landmark, the hotel is in the Main Street District of downtown Dallas.
After having lived in a 100 year old building in downtown Fort Worth, I found myself ecstatic to find similar details at the Magnolia. Including the Letter Box and the detail of the ceiling near the elevators.
Just look at that detail, and the gorgeous molding.
You’re greeted right when you walk in the doors by a large red Pegasus, but you’ll also find smaller Pegasus details throughout the hotel. Like these on the elevator doors.
My stay at the Magnolia hotel was for a conference. Not only was I able to enjoy my hotel room, but also breakfast and the conference rooms at the hotel. One morning there were yellow roses on each table. Yellow roses are another beautiful Texas nod, the Yellow Rose of Texas.
The view from my room included a great shot of the Dallas eye. This 30 foot sculpture is a fun piece of artwork in downtown Dallas and perfect for photos.
I mean, how cute is my niece hanging out in front of the giant eye?
While staying at the Magnolia, I had to look up a little more about Pegasus. Mythical winged divine stallions, Pegasus are one of the most recognized creatures in Greek mythology. While they are usually depicted as pure white, and not red, Pegasus is a child of the Olympian god Poseidon.
I have to share another photo of my niece. Not only is she cool enough to pose with the Dallas eye, she also rocks her Pegasus t-shirt.
After staying at the Magnolia hotel, I really wanted to create something Pegasus inspired. I started looking at pictures of Pegasus and realized how closely people intertwine them with Unicorns. I suppose it’s fairly natural since both are legendary creatures. While a Pegasus has wings, a Unicorn has a horn. But there is another fictional creature called a Pegacorn, that has both wings and a horn.
I started playing around with the idea of taking a popular unicorn treat and turning it into a Pegasus treat. I love the adorable unicorn cupcakes that I’ve seen at birthday parties recently. I realized it would be simple to swap the horn for some wings and make Pegasus cupcakes instead!
Mix up your favorite cupcake recipe and top with frosting. Then add in lots of fun sprinkles. I used fondant to create my unicorn and Pegasus cupcakes. For both cupcakes I made fondant ears. Then for the unicorn cupcake I created a fondant horn by rolling out two pieces of fondant and then twisting them together.
To create my Pegasus cupcake I cut wing shapes out of fondant. Allow the wings to harden before placing them into the frosting on your Pegasus cupcake.
It’s simple to create a combination of unicorn and Pegasus cupcakes for a party!
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