Have you spotted those adorable buttercream unicorn cakes all over the web? Did you know that they are actually ridiculously easy to make? Seriously!
These trendy unicorn cakes are so quick and simple to create that you may just think it's pure magic! Amp up the cute factor with candy, lollipops, dainty macarons or cool cookies. Check out our tutorial below to make your own whimsical unicorn cake.
Easy unicorn cake tutorial
Materials and tools needed:
- Buttercream-covered cake
- Wooden skewer
- Caramel-colored, white, pastel and black fondant
- Gold edible paint
- Pink buttercream
- Rose piping tip (we used the 855 by Ateco)
- Disposable piping bag
- Large rose petal cutters
- Fondant rolling pin
- Edible glue
- Candy, cookies, macarons, meringue kisses, etc
- Cake dummy
- Cake smoother (optional)
Step 1: Make the unicorn horn.
Let's begin by making the main feature for your unicorn cake: the horn! Insert a wooden skewer into a cake dummy, which will help you decide how tall to make the horn.
Roll out a tapered rope of caramel-colored fondant.
Twist the tapered rope around the wooden skewer until you reach the top.
Next, you can paint your unicorn's horn gold! Of course, you can opt for another color like silver, pink or even a vibrant rainbow stripe.
Step 2: Make the ears
To make the ears, first roll out some white and pastel-tinted fondant (we did mint-green). Cut two large ears using large rose petal cutters from the white fondant. Then cut two smaller inner ears from the pastel-colored fondant.
Use a veining tool to indent the centers of the ears. Pinch the tips before leaving to set on flower formers (or an egg crate).
Step 3: Make the eyes
For the eyes, roll out two thin ropes of black fondant. Pinching each one in half and taper the ends to form V shapes. Set aside to firm up a little before adding to your cake.
Step 4: Pipe the mane
Fill up a piping bag fitted with a rose piping tip with buttercream.
Around the edge and down one side of the cake, pipe simple buttercream rosettes. These will be part of your unicorn's mane. If you're adding things like cookies or macarons, remember to leave some space for them among the buttercream rosettes.
Step 5: Add some sprinkles
Time for some sprinkles!
We used white sugar stars for a star-themed unicorn cake, but feel free to use rainbow confetti or whatever shapes and colors you'd like! You can even toss on a little edible glitter too.
Step 6: Add the horn
Now you can add your horn! Push your wooden skewer and horn into the center of the cake.
If you've given enough time for your horn to set, you can even simply buttercream it in place without the skewer.
Step 7: Finish it off
Now pile on the goodies! You can add swirly lollipops, edible glitter, various candy pieces, chocolate truffles, macarons or decorated cookies.
We nestled star vanilla macarons with mint-colored buttercream and gold painted star cookies on top of ours.
Now get ready to have a magical party with your very own unicorn!
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