Buttercream unicorn cakes have become a mega trend, causing a frenzy whenever they magically appear. But you may be amazed to learn how easy they are to make.
For this beauty, all you need is a couple of easy-to-shape fondant pieces, some basic buttercream piping and all the fun of added cookies and candies to really bring the flair.
Materials and tools
- Buttercream-covered cake
- Styrofoam cake dummy
- 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
- Food-safe paintbrushes
- Candy, cookies, macarons, meringue kisses, etc.
1. Make the unicorn horn
Insert a wooden skewer into a cake dummy, which will help you determine height.
Roll out a tapered rope of caramel-colored fondant, and twist it around the wooden skewer until you reach the top.
Next, paint your unicorn's horn gold. Of course, you can opt for another color like silver, pink or even a rainbow stripe.
2. Make the ears
Roll out some white and pastel-tinted fondant (we did mint-green). Make two ears from the white fondant using rose-petal cutters. 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, then leave the ears to set on flower formers or a cardboard egg crate.
3. Make the eyes
Roll out two thin ropes of black fondant. Pinch each one in half and taper the ends to form V shapes. Set aside to firm up a little before adding to your cake.
4. Pipe the mane
Use buttercream to fill up a piping bag fitted with a rose piping tip. Pipe simple buttercream rosettes around the edge and down one side of the cake. If you're adding things like cookies or macarons, remember to leave some space for them.
5. Bring on the sprinkles
It's time to add some bling! 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.
6. Add the horn
Push your wooden skewer and horn into the center of the cake. If you've given your horn enough time to set, you can simply buttercream it in place without the skewer.
7. Pile on the goodies
Finish off the cake with swirly lollipops, edible glitter, candy pieces, chocolate truffles, macarons or decorated cookies. We placed vanilla macarons with mint-colored buttercream and gold-painted star cookies on top of ours. Behold!