Sparkle Sweet Unicorn

You know the saying,  Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn? We take that quite seriously over here. I think of Ellia as my magical unicorn, a miracle baby for us, so unique, brilliant and beautiful with a sassy mind full of love and imagination, just like a unicorn. She started kindergarten this year, and I wanted to make her a special, yummy little cake to celebrate her first full week. I am SO proud of how much she has embraced the long days and how well she is thriving in class, already learning so much, I just hope she continues to sparkle. 

We have had so much love on our unicorn cake, we wanted to say thanks by showing you how simple it is to make your own!
 Unicorn Ears and Horn Tutorial 

small rolling pin
silicon mat
Xacto knife
pink (or another colour) food colouring
plastic gloves
paper, pencil, scissors 
edible lustre dust (optional)

Unicorn Details

Edible markers
pink powder colouring
silk/real flowers
royal icing/buttercream flowers 

 Take out a big chunk of the fondant and kneed it to make soft. Split in half.
 Roll out both pieces on the silicon mat. Taper one end of each, to resemble a slight cone shape.
 Put a little bit of water on one side (this helps them stick together) and twist!
 For the ears, draw out an ear shape and cut out.
 Roll the fondant out on the silicon mat and then cut out with the knife.
 I made a smaller stencil for the pink part of the ear and did the same as above.
I stuck a toothpick in the horn and let it dry overnight. I also carefully put toothpicks into the ears (not shown) and then rolled up two pieces of paper towel and curved the ears in slightly and also let them dry overnight.  I used some pearl luster dust to add some dimension to the horn and ears, just mix a bit with vodka (or lemon juice I hear but have only used vodka) and paint on with a paint brush you use only for food.

The cake was baked in 3 - 6 in pans. The filling was Nutella buttercream, but you can use whatever type of cake/filling you like! Frost the outside of the cake with a crusting buttercream, I use THIS recipe. It does NOT have to be perfect! There are tons of YouTube tutorials on how to frost a cake if you haven't before :) Put it in fridge until the icing is hard. Place the horn and ears. I drew on the eyes with the black edible marker and then used the pink powder colour to lightly dust on the cheeks. Then I just made a mane of flowers and coloured some of the remaining buttercream different colours and made little flowers and drops using various decorators tips :) See, it's that easy!!

 This backdrop installation is really simple too! I just used a hula hoop,  some balloons from the dollarstore, flowers and greens. I attached the balloons with double sided tape and the greens with wire and hot glue...VOILA!
 I won this unicorn pinata from Angie's blog Little Inspiration, she made it out of a grocery store pinata, and we are kind of in love!

Since Halloween is right around the corner, I decided turn a pumpkin into a unicorn, because, if you can't be I right? So if you think a cake is too much out of your comfort zone, why not try the pumpkin version?!

The lightbox was a gift from the Michael's Maker's Summit...a post will be coming up here about that soon!

xox Nat


  1. Hey, I love this tutorial! I'm planning on attempting it for my nieces 2nd birthday. I just have a quick question if you don't mind - when you've done the crumb coating and put in the fridge do you then draw on it once its been chilled or do you put a layer of fondant icing on top then draw on it? Sorry if it seems a silly question! Thanks

  2. HI Ellé!

    We didn't use fondant, it is drawn directly onto the chilled buttercream. If you are going to use fondant you would draw on the fondant once it's on the cake. Let me know if you have any more questions!

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  4. Hello I have a question regarding the mane. Are these edible flowers? Or real flowers? How did you color the flowers? I want to make this for my daughters 6th birthday if I could she loved it and want to make it exactly like yours. Thanks.

  5. Hello! I used silk and real flowers in white and pink and also edible buttercream swirls :) good luck!

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