This Unicorn Cupcake Recipe is JAW-DROPPING!

If you’re looking for a delicious treat, this unicorn cupcake is just the magic that your taste buds need. Sweet and adorable, you’ll love each and every bite. Let’s get started on this recipe together.

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A Unicorn Cupcake That is Truly WOW Worthy!

Our unicorn cupcake is jaw-dropping, friends. From the adorable little horn and ears to the fun sprinkles, we really liked creating this fun unicorn treat. Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love to share unicorn food, crafts, and printables. 

We came up with a cupcake that will look like you spent hours pouring over but is so easy to make. You can enlist the help of the kids with this one, too. 

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Can’t Make This Now? Pin It for Later

Even if you can’t make this unicorn cupcakes right now, it’s perfect for a unicorn birthday. Save it to your favorite unicorn party board on Pinterest.

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Tips for Making Unicorn Cupcakes

If you know a unicorn lover, this is the perfect recipe for them, right!? Here are a few things I learned while making them:

  • Each one should be a little different – don’t go crazy trying to make them exactly the same
  • If you have time, prep the horns and ears the day before. It makes the process go faster. 
  • Check Amazon for fun party sprinkles – it’s where we get most of ours!
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How to Make this Unicorn Cupcake

Below is the written and printable tutorial for this fun cupcake decorating idea. Use the comments section below if you have any questions.

Yield: 18-24 cupcakes

A Unicorn Cupcake That is Truly WOW Worthy!

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If you're looking for a delicious treat, this Unicorn Cupcake is just the magic that your taste buds need. Sweet and adorable, you'll love each and every bite.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 White fondant container
1 Pink fondant container
  • Wilton icing tip 2D
  • Wilton icing tip #2
1 cup powdered sugar
1 rolling pin

  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 box of french vanilla cake mix cake mix
  • 3 large eggs at room temp
  • 1/2 cup of softened unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • teal, Pink, and Purple gel food coloring
  • 3 bowls
  • white cupcake liners
  • cupcake pan
  • Sprinkles (we mixed pink, purple, green, and blue)

Homemade Frosting

  • 2 cups unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 5 cup powder sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 6-10 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • pink, purple and leaf green gel food coloring
  • 1 disposable piping bag with large round tip
  • 1 disposable piping bag with a large star tip
  • 1 disposable piping bag with medium star tip
  • 1 disposable piping bag with small star tip
  • 1 disposable piping bag with a wilton tip #195
  • 1 package of unicorn horn royal icing transfers found at Hobby Lobby


Unicorn ears. Start by sprinkling a bit of powder sugar on your cutting board and rolling pin. Roll out half of the white and pink fondant to (about an 1/8th of an inch thick).

With the 2D icing tip, start cutting out 36 white round circles. Next, use the #2 icing tip and cut out 36 adorable pink round circles. Use the #2 tip again and cut the pink circle a tad bit smaller.

Use a paintbrush or your finger to add a very small amount of water to the white circle. Place the pink circles into the center of the white.

Pick them up and pinch the bottom to make the shape of ears. Set aside and repeat with all the remaining circles that you've cut out. Dry them for 2 hours at least before moving onto the next steps.

Unicorn sprinkle mix. Take and combine all the sprinkles into a sealed container and shake until they are all mixed together.

Vanilla cupcakes. Start by Preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Line your muffin pan with the white cupcake liners to help keep them from sticking.

In a medium bowl, add the cake mix, butter, milk, and vanilla extract and stir until combined and not lumpy. Divide into bowls and add coloring.

Scoop 1 tbsp of each color into each of the the cupcake liners adding them in layers. Swirl the colors slightly.

Place them in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes. Once done, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool before putting on the frosting. how to make a unicorn cupcake

Frosting. Using your mixer, combine all the listed ingredients for frosting and mix on medium speed. Mix until you see stiff peaks in your frosting.

Once done, split it into 4 bowls so that you can start adding colors. Add about 2-4 drops of each color to the bowls. Add purple to the first, pink to the second, leave the third bowl with white frosting, and add green coloring to the last bowl.

Take some of the purple frosting out of the bowl (but leave about 1/4 C in the bowl)and place into the piping bag with the round tip.

Scoop out one spoonful of the pink frosting onto one side of the piping bag fitted with all three size star tips. Add one spoonful of the Purple frosting onto the other side of the piping bag fitted with the small star tip.

Place white frosting into the same piping bag as the pink and purple. Then, white frosting into the two other piping bags with just the pink frosting. Finally, the green frosting goes into the piping bag with tip number 195.

Using the round purple piping bag, pipe a large dollop of frosting onto the cupcake. (Have fun with this!) Dip the cupcake into the sprinkles mixtures to add some fun accents.

Pipe another dollop of purple frosting onto the top of the sprinkled frosting and then using the large star tip, pipe a dollop of frosting in the top center.

Place the unicorn horn into the center of the frosting and an ear on both sides of the horn. Using the smaller star tips, pipe dollops of frosting to create flowers. Using the green frosting, make pipe leafs along the flowers to make them pretty. close up of unicorn cupcakes on rainbow background


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 639Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 547mgCarbohydrates: 92gFiber: 1gSugar: 73gProtein: 3g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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