This Unicorn Cake is a simple-to-make birthday cake, and perfect for a beginning cake decorator.
Every year for their birthday, my kids pick out the cake they want. My oldest loves helping me bake and decorate it, and it’s become a tradition. To see other cakes that we’ve made through the years, keep scrolling past the instruction for the unicorn cake.
This year she decided on a unicorn cake for her 12th birthday. She also had a friend party, and we did strawberry cheesecake unicorn cups.
This unicorn cake was so easy. I decided I wanted a taller cake than 2 regular cake pans would give me, so I ordered two 3″ deep cake pans. However, this cake would also work with 2 regular cake layers, or 3 regular cake layers for a taller cake without the special pans.
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To make this Unicorn Cake you’ll need:
- 2-3 round cake layers
- A double batch of frosting
- Frosting spatula
- 3 bowls for dividing frosting to color
- Piping bags and tips
- Gel food coloring
- White fondant
- Gold fondant
- Eyelashes and horn (we made our own with the gold fondant)
- Gold sugar pearls (optional)
Frost cake rounds with white frosting of choice. We used cream cheese frosting, because we just like the flavor of it.
Divide remaining frosting between 3 bowls. Add food coloring until desired color is achieved. With gel food coloring a little goes a long way, so start out with just a little. I use a clean toothpick to dip into the gel, and then swirl it through the frosting. I’ve also found that the color of frosting dyed with gel coloring will deepen given time, so go slightly lighter than the actual color you want.
Place one color of frosting into a piping bag outfitted with the tip of your choice, and pipe swirls around the top of the cake, and a few over the edge.
Repeat with the other colors.
Roll out white fondant, and cut out 2 ears. Roll out gold fondant and cut 2 of the same shape, but slightly smaller.
Roll a piece of gold fondant out into a long snake-like shape. Fold in half and twist to achieve a horn.
Place horn and ears on the top of the cake.
Add eyes to the front.
Place a gold pearl sprinkle into each frosting swirl.
Serve unicorn cake!
Here are some more cakes I’ve made for my kids through the years. While these are definitely not professional level cakes, they are ones that pretty much anyone can make. I aim for simple, doable, kid-approved birthday cakes!
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