Unicorn Cupcake Tutorial



You've probably noticed that unicorn cakes and cupcakes are all the rage at the moment and I'm sure your social newsfeed has been filled with all sorts of examples over the last few weeks/months.


My favourite thing about them is that they can be super simple to make and you don have to make them look like an actual unicorn!!


To make these ones I started with a flat baked cupcake topped with a shallow smear of buttercream.  If you find your cupcakes tend to be more domed, you might like this post which explains how to bake flatter cupcakes.


You'll also need some buttercream, in at least 3 different colours.  I'd recommend you use a concentrated gel paste food colouring to colour those.  You can find them in most supermarkets, or click here to see them on Amazon. 


TOP TIP: If you wish to give your unicorn swirl a more vintage feel, add a touch of brown colouring to your coloured buttercream!


You might like my simple, three ingredient buttercream recipe, just click here!


Once you have mixed all your colours you're going to need to fill your piping bag, I will try to explain how but just incase you're not sure then watch this simple YouTube video!


You'll need a 2D piping nozzle to get the same effect as mine but you can use other nozzles if you don't have one of these handy.

Starting with the palest colour, spread your icing in a thin layer on one side of the bag, all the way down to the piping nozzle. Then add the second colour on top of that and so on until all your colours are in the bag.  Make sure that each colour goes all the way down the bag to the nozzle.  You'll end up with something that looks like this (excuse my terrible picture!) 


Before you start piping you just need to squeeze the icing out of the bag until it is coming out in a rainbow effect.  Depending on how well you've been able to fill the bag you may find you get just one colour coming out to start with.


You're now ready to pipe... watch this video to see how!



The unicorn ears and horn are dead simple to make and you can make those using fondant or sugarpaste icing.  The one I refer to in the video below is this one from Waitrose.


Ready to make them?  Watch this video!

As I mentioned in the video, you can make these parts in advance and if you'd like to know more about what you can make in advance I've written a blog post you might find handy click here!


You could make this even more fun by adding some sprinkles or pearls, or some cute little hearts!




Hopefully you'll enjoy making these, I'd love to see your creations so share them on my facebook page @enchantedcupcakes! 

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