It seems like last year was the year of the Unicorn, and if you are like me and waited all this time to finally make one: Let’s do it together! I made this unicorn cake for my Valen-corn (Valentine Unicorn) party. This is the first one I make, there are so many things I could do better, but overall I thought it came out super cute!
Unicorn cakes are not difficult to make at all. You do need time to work your fondant a few days in advance.
You will need the following:
- Four layers of 8” cake in rainbow colors (I used pink, teal, yellow and green)
- White buttercream
- Buttercream in rainbow colors (I used pink, purple, yellow & teal) separated into piping bags
- White fondant
- Black fondant
- Gold Dust
- Glitter Disco Dust
- A 3” heart shaped cookie cutter for the unicorn ears
- 2 lollipop sticks for the ears
- A wooden dowel for the horn
- A Styrofoam block
- Pink icing gel
- A pastry brush and a small brush
Roll up two logs of white fondant 7” long and about ¾ inch thick on one end and ¼ inch on the other. These will make the horn. With a knife, peel off the cake dowel end to make it pointy. Wrap the two fondant logs around the dowel. Start with the thickest end and finish the skinny end on the pointy end of the dowel. You should probably add piping gel as adhesive, I didn’t and my horn was slipping off. Shape it like a horn, making sure is thick at the bottom and thin at the top. Also, don’t stretch out your fondant as you shape the horn. Make a straight cut at the bottom to make it flat and stick on the Styrofoam block to dry. Let it dry for 3-4 days. When it’s completely dry, combine a few drops of vodka with gold dust in a small bowl and paint with a pastry brush. Sprinkle glitter disco dust right after. Let it dry again.
Roll out a piece of fondant about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out two hearts. Use the small ball tool to shape a heart on the inside. Let them dry for about 30 minutes. Pour a few drops of vodka and pink icing gel to make paint. Paint inside the heart you just shaped with the small brush. Fold the wide part of the heart together and insert a lollipop stick. Lay on a flat tray and let it dry for 3-4 days. Add wrinkled balls of paper towel or sponges under each side of the ear for support. It must dry with proper support, otherwise it will lose its shape.
I love the flirty unicorn eyelashes! Roll out snakes of black fondant about 4” long and 1/8” thick. Use a cup or anything round to shape a perfect semicircle about 2 ½ inches in diameter. Cut off each end flat. Shape 4 lashes about an inch long each. Let it all dry for at least 2 days.
To assemble and decorate the cake:
Assemble the cake layers in any order you want using a thick layer of white buttercream in between each layer. Don’t forget to crumb coat your cake really well. It will need a really thick second coat to make sure all colorful crumbs are covered. Refrigerate the cake for 30 minutes to an hour. Insert the horn straight down about an inch in front of the center of the cake. Insert the ears on each side of the horn.
Place all four pastry bags with rainbow colors inside another pastry bag with the Wilton large 2D tip to make the rose mane. You can fit all four colors if you don’t fill the bags too much and spread the buttercream throughout the whole bag instead of accumulating it all at the bottom. To make the rose, start in the middle and swirl around without lifting it. I should have made more flowers on this cake but I didn’t have enough colored buttercream. I only used one batch for all four colors, and I used them for the cupcakes too. So if you are only making this cake one batch should be sufficient. The sides were a bit challenging. Continue making roses on the back covering half the top of the cake, on one side and throughout the bottom part of the cake until you get the size of the mane you are happy with. I used the same tip to make drop swirls, and a small and large star tip to make star swirls. Make sure to fill in every area where the mane should go. You can add extra flowers right around the horn and ears. Once you finish add your sprinkles. I used Unicorn Candyfetti by Sweets Indeed. They look absolutely perfect for this cake! To glue the eyes and lashes if the buttercream is dry, you can add a tiny bit of white buttercream.
And there you have it a Unicorn cake! This one is special because it was struck by cupid! I wanted to add a heart lollipop somewhere so I just stuck it on the side of the cake. I think it looks super cute! Other animals, like cows of pigs make an adorable unicorn cake as well. There are ways to be creative with it.
What kind of Unicorn cake will you make?
Happy Valentine’s Day and don’t forget to live the cake life!