Unicorn cupcakes fit for a little princess! These adorable cupcakes will create a reason to celebrate all on their own! Unicorns never seem to go out of style and how can you not smile with nostalgia at the sight of these magical cakes?! Whether you’re planning a birthday party for that little special someone in your life, or you’re having a grown-up party and want a little magic (check out the boozy option below), this recipe and unicorn tutorial will have you set. Creating the unicorn horns and ears is easier than you'd think. I’ve linked to the perfect tutorial below that will have your guests wow-ing as they take a bite. With the swirled colored frosting atop sprinkle-filled vanilla cake, your taste buds will be smiling too.
Our elegant and versatile cake stand of choice today showcases our 12-inch wide signature ornate design piece from our Isabelle collection. It’s perfect for cakes, desserts, décor pieces and of course our colorful unicorn cupcakes. Available in a wide variety of colors and finishes, you’re sure to compliment any tablescape with one of the options from this collection.
Prep Time: 1 hour (Not including fondant drying time)
Cook Time: 15 minutes
- 1 box yellow cake mix (or Funfetti cake mix)
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup sprinkles (omit this ingredient if you’re using a Funfetti cake mix)
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 3 ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 Tablespoon whole milk
- Gel food coloring: pink, teal, purple and yellow
- One small tub of fondant
- Edible gold dust
- Pink gel food coloring
- The unicorn horns and ears will need to be made in advance since it takes at least a day to fully dry. The best visuals and tutorial on how to make beautiful horns and ears can be found here courtesy of paisleyandpugs.com.
- After the fondant has dried, paint the horns. Use equal parts gold dust and vodka in a small bowl and mix with a small clean paintbrush and paint the horns gold. Allow to dry.
- To paint the pink inner ear part, mix a tiny amount of pink food coloring and thin it out with vodka. Using a small clean paintbrush, paint the inner portion of the ears. Allow to dry,
- For the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake tin with liners and set aside. In a large bowl add all cupcake ingredients except for sprinkles. Beat for 2 minutes until batter is smooth. Stir in sprinkles, if using. Fill each cupcake liner about ½ full and bake on the middle rack for 15 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean or with just a crumb or two. Allow to cool.
- For the buttercream frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter for a minute until smooth. Slowly add in the powdered sugar and beat until incorporated and fluffy; about 5 minutes. Add the extracts and the milk and beat for another 2 minutes on medium-high speed. Separate the frosting equally among 4 bowls and add in the smallest amount of food coloring to each bowl and mix until each color is uniform. You can always add more color to your liking.
- To create the colored swirl for piping, lay out a piece of plastic wrap and spoon each color next to each other in a thin rectangular line. Roll up the plastic wrap length-wise and place into a pastry bag fitted with your choice of tip. I used a Wilton 1M. Place in the refrigerator if making ahead of time. Before piping, allow to come to room temperature before piping.
- To assemble: Pipe the buttercream frosting on top of the cooled cupcakes. Attach a horn in the center of each cupcake. And one ear on each side of the horn.
*I used a small tub of fondant purchased at Michaels. You can also find the gold dust in the baking section of Michaels as well.
Add a little adult kick to these cupcakes by using pipettes filled with whipped cream vodka. Insert the pipette into the cupcake. When you serve these, your guests can squeeze the vodka-filled pipette into the cupcake and the cake will soak up the alcohol for a fun kick! These were a hit at a recent Bunco girls night I hosted.