Horses and ponies are a extremely well-loved animals that are often favorites of young children, especially evident with the popularity of cakes and confections inspired by the My Little Pony franchise. But, with the mere addition of a spiral horn on their foreheads, they automatically transform into beloved, mythical creatures: unicorns!
Add some sparkle to your cupcakes with this step-by-step unicorn fondant tutorial to top your sweet and magical creations!
- Fondant (white, tan, black, light blue and rainbow colors – as desired)
- Fondant rolling pin & 1/8″ guide rings
- 1/4″ wooden dowels
- Water/edible glue
- Vegetable shortening
- 1 1/4″ round cutter
- 2 1/4″ round scalloped cutter
- Modeling tool
- Small modeling stick
- Round decorating tips #3, #10 and #12
- Knife tool
- Gold shimmer dust & brush
- Embossing mat
- White soft gel paste
Roll white fondant out thick with the rolling pin and wooden dowels as guides. Cut out a circle with the 1 1/4″ round cutter.
Roll the white circle fondant into a ball with your hands, then begin to roll it into an oval, sausage shape.
Dip your fingers in a bit of vegetable shortening and begin molding the white fondant into the unicorn’s head, narrowing it more at the top and indenting the left center a bit to give it some shape.
With the modeling tool, make indentations for the eyes, as well as the horn in the center of the forehead. Make smaller, light indentations towards the snout for the nose.
With round decorating tip #12, make an indentation for the mouth and press down just a bit to open up the mouth.
Roll black fondant out with the rolling pin and 1/8″ guide rings. Cut out two circles with round decorating tip #10.
Roll one of the black circles into a ball, then shape it into an oval to form the unicorn’s eye. Repeat the process with the second black circle.
Roll white fondant out with the rolling pin and 1/8″ guide rings. Cut out two circles with round decorating tip #3 and roll both of them into separate little balls. Flatten them out just a bit to add to the eyes.
Glue the black ovals into the eye cavities, then glue the small white circles to finalize the eyes.
Roll tan fondant out with the rolling pin and 1/8″ guide rings. Cut out two circles with round decorating tip #12.
Combine both tan circles by rolling them into one ball.
Mold the ball into a cone with your fingers to begin shaping the unicorn’s horn.
With the knife tool, begin indenting the horn in a diagonal slant, starting from the bottom and twisting around the horn until you reach the top.
Once you are happy with the horn’s shape, brush gold shimmer dust over the entire horn.
Roll white fondant out with the rolling pin and 1/8″ guide rings. Cut out two circles with round decorating tip #12.
Roll one of the white fondant circle into a ball, then mold it into a teardrop shape.
Utilize the modeling tool to make an indentation in the teardrop to form the unicorn’s ear. Flatten the very bottom and round it out a bit to fit over the top of the head. Repeat these steps with the remaining white circle for the second ear. Set the ears aside.
Roll out all the desired rainbow colors with the rolling pin and cut out a variety of circles with the round decorating tips. Roll each one into a ball, then roll them out a bit on your work surface to create hair for the unicorn’s mane in different sizes. Thin out the ends into a point. Take one of the fondant hair shapes and glue it to the top of the unicorn’s head, lying against the work surface. This will provide a support for the ears.
Glue the horn in the center cavity of the unicorn’s head, then glue the ears in place. Strategically glue the various colors of fondant hair on the top of the unicorn’s head and cascading down its left side.
Roll out light blue fondant out with the rolling pin a bit thicker than 1/8″. Spread a bit of vegetable shortening over the surface and place the embossing mat over it. Impress the pattern over the fondant with the rolling pin, then cut out a circle with the 2 1/4″ round scalloped cutter.
With the small modeling stick, make little indentations around the perimeter of the scalloped fondant circle to add to the design.
Dip the toothpick in a bit of the white soft gel paste and make little glimmer dots on the unicorn’s eyes.
Glue the unicorn’s head and mane to the scalloped fondant. Allow to dry thoroughly.