Make your next bash one for the books with this simple (and fabulous) unicorn cupcake recipe.
Parties, celebrations, family gatherings… I know how they can get. (Stressful, demanding, confusing.) Over the last few years, I’ve fallen in love with party planning. Be it the baking, decorating, or the simple idea of togetherness, I am just so drawn to the idea of throwing bashes.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I never fly by an event worry-free. (A part of me feels like it’s a part of the fun… you know, the “good” kind of stress?). In fact, right before Leo’s big birthday party, I called one of my best friends in a crying panic. At the time of the phone call, things weren’t falling into place and I released all of my emotion on him (because what are bffs for, right?!).
To continue with Fabulous Habits‘ unicorn theme, I’ve decided to whip up the easiest unicorn cupcake recipe… ever. Unicorns are trending like nobody’s business. I see all sorts of unicorn parties popping up on Insta, Pinterest… everywhere! (May I also ask: Why am I not invited to any of them?!)
Themed parties aren’t as intricate as they seem. All it takes is some imagination and making-do with the resources you have. My unicorn cupcake recipe is simple – most of the grunt work goes into the unicorn horns, which I’ll walk you through step-by-step.
Unicorn-Themed Parties 101: The Unicorn Cupcake
A dozen of your favourite cupcakes (ready-made from the box is fine)
2 sticks butter, softened
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2-4 tbsp milk
Violet gel food coloring
Red gel food coloring
5 oz. ready-made white cake fondant
Pink cake dusting powder
Before decorating, ensure that your cupcakes are completely cool – otherwise you’ll have a sticky, melted mess.
In a stand mixer, start mixing your butter and sugar on medium speed. Add milk one tablespoon at a time and increase the speed.
Your buttercream should form stiff peaks – so add confectioners’ sugar and milk accordingly. Milk will loosen it up, sugar will make it more stiff.
Divide the buttercream in two bowls. Colour one violet (about 1 small drop) and the other, pink (2 red drops of the red). Mix each bowl until the buttercream is completely coloured.
Add both coloured buttercreams in a large bowl and fold into one another, ensuring that the colours blend but don’t mix. Using a piping bag, frost each cupcake (I used a 1M Wilton tip).
Roll fondant into spheres, about 1/2 an inch in diameter. Then roll them out so that they’re about 3 inches long.
Lightly “bend” your fondant strip (halfway, so that the ends are even) and start twisting to create the shape of the unicorn horn. Place on a baking sheet and brush lightly with your cake dust.
Allow the unicorn horns to dry for about 20 minutes and place on your frosted cupcake. Add a candy flower to each one.
And there you have it! Your first step to a beautiful unicorn-themed party. See?! Told you it would be easy! Oh and also, the unicorn confetti adds a super cute touch!
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robin rue says
Those unicorn cupcakes are adorable. My two nieces have birthdays coming up and they would both LOVE these.
Alli Smith says
These are the cutest unicorn cupcakes! I’ve loved seeing all the trending unicorn parties and these cupcakes would be perfect at any of them. I wish I had one now!
The cupcakes are so adorable. I love the color you’ve used for the frosting. It looks so delicious. Love how simple these cupcakes are to make.
valmg @ Mom Knows It All says
What cute and colorful cupcakes those are! My niece would have loved these cupcakes at one of her birthday parties.
Amber Myers says
I just love these cupcakes. Such pretty colors! My daughter would probably want these for sure.
Young girls are still loving the unicorn parties. Unicorn cupcake are a must.
My household consist of all boys, but my niece would LOVE this! This is something I could make for her birthday and I KNOW it would be a hit! This is so cute!
Melissa Chapman says
I wish my daughter was into princesses and unicorns again. I have to make these for my niece who is still young enough to appreciate the magic.
Oh! These are brilliant in how simple and elegant these lovely little cupcakes are for a birthday or playdate.
Joely Smith says
Goodness these are cute, fun but yet still very elegant! I always get impatient and can’t wait for baked items to cool LOL. I am not the best baker in the family but I am going to ask my daughter to make these! I stick to the cooking haha.
This recipe makes me wish so much that I had girls. I mean, how absolutely adorable and delicious!?!?!
Sarah Bailey says
Oh my goodness those cupcakes are absolutely amazing! Just perfect for any sort of unicorn theme and hey really photogenic as well.
Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh says
I am so glad that unicorns are totally in right now! This is such a cute party idea that so many would enjoy!
That’s so cute. I wonder why unicorns are such a hit right now. I love the way you shaped the horn.
Thank you so much for sharing this! I was actually going to make unicorn cupcakes for an upcoming party, but I decided against it because it looked so hard. You just saved the day!
Reesa Lewandowski says
Oh these are just beautiful! I am saving this tutorial so I can make these for my daughter!
Nancy at Whispered Inspirations says
These are adorable cupcakes. I love them so much. I am going to have to try them asap. I love the idea of throwing a Unicorn Cupcake.
Jeni Hawkins says
My niece wants a unicorn party, and these are perfect ideas for her! I’ll send this to my sister so she can make those cupcakes, too!
That turned out so great! I thought at first you bought them at the store, but now see you made the horn yourself. Fantastic job!
Chrissy Taylor says
These are adorable!! Unicorns are what all the little girls love right now, my niece is always asking for Unicorn cookies! I love that you use premade fondant to make the unicorn horn – so smart!!
These unicorn cupcakes are simply adorable. My daughter would have loved these for her birthday when she was younger.
I never need a reason to celebrate – these are an adorable way to enjoy a cupcake! Very cute idea!
Alison Rost says
It totally looks amazing and it’s definitely going to be a hit during the party! I love that you shared the step-by-step on how to make these cupcakes look gorgeous!
Janis @MommyBlogExpert says
Love all the pretty unicorn party ideas. What fun these will be for those planning unicorn parties for their kids.
Toni | Boulder Locavore says
OMG! These are really cute! Looks easy to make and delicious!
Allison Cooper says
I love the idea of everything unicorn themed – it just seems so magical for kids! These cupcakes are the cutest!
Claudia Krusch says
I have never made this kind of embellishment, but can’t wait to try it! Those cupcakes look amazing!