Simple Unicorn Birthday Cake

September 10, 2019 3 Comments
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My kids love a themed birthday party, and this year my daughter decided she wanted a unicorn party, along with a Unicorn Birthday Cake. It’s no secret that cake decorating is not my forte, but as I’m not one to shy from a challenge I thought I would give it a go. This very simple Unicorn Birthday Cake was actually a lot simpler than it looks, and even I have to admit the finished cake may just be my best one yet!

If you would like to see how I made this Unicorn Birthday Cake and accompanying complimentary cupcakes and candy dipped strawberries, then read on, or Pin it for later!

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How to Make a Simple Unicorn Borthday Cake

To start decorating your unicorn you need to start with a circular cake. I made just two basic vanilla sponges sandwiched together with lemon (shop bought) butter cream. However you could use whatever cake you wish. If you are feeling really creative you could try a rainbow cake.

The day before cake construction, I made the horn. This was made from lengths white sugar paste, and I placed a wooden BBQ skewer through the centre to support it. I left it a good 24 hours to dry, and when it was compltely dry I painted on some edible gold leaf to colour it.

I also made the ears the day before. These were very basically two traingles of white sugar paste, with smaller pink triangles stuck on them with edible glue. I put them over a rolling pin to dry to give them a nice curve. I also inserted two cocktail sticks into the ears. This not only helps support them but alos makes it easier to attach to the cake.

The following day it was time to construct the cake. I started by covering a cake board with white ready to roll icing, and then placed the cake on top and covered that too. It makes it teasier if you sprinkle a little cornflour onto your rolling pin and board to help prevent it from sticking.

Then comes the fun part contructing your unicorn! First fix the horn and ears to the the top of the cake. I used black writing icing to draw on the eyes and eyelashes.

I then coloured some buttercream pink, yellow and purple, and in one piping bag I had yellow and purple, and in the other pink and yellow. If you put the coloured buttercream on opposite side of the bag, they mix together but give a nice rainbow effect. I used these to pipe lots of little rosettes (not sur eif that’s the correct name!) over the cake. I wasn’t too particular with the placemnet, just a good covering.

Then just the finishing touches. I added some sprinkes to the buttercream rosettes, and some small wafer flowers. I had some edible jelly diamonds in the cupborad left over from our wedding so used them in the centre of the flowers and they looked really effective.

simple unicorn birthday cake
close up of the decoration on the unicorn birthday cake

Unicorn Cupcakes

To compliment the birthday cake, I made some individual unicorn cupcakes. These were super super simple and took no time at all. I used my basic vanilla cupcake recipe, and used the left over coloured buttercream to cover them. I made smaller horns and ears from white sugar paste, and kept the decoration simple with just some sprinkles and a single wafer flower. I think they looked really effective.

unicorn style cupcakes

Unicorn Candy Covered Strawberries

I also made some Unicorn strawberries. These were a little fiddly if i’m honest, but I thought they turned out reallyy well. Again I made small little horns out of white sugar paste the day before, and painted them with edible gold leaf when dry. The strawberries were dipped in melted white candy melts, and then decorated with left over buttercream and the black writing icing to do the eyes.

candy covered strawberry unicorns

So what do you think? Do you have any unicorn made little people that would love these sweet treats for their birthday party? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments.

Kerry x

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  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) September 13, 2019 at 11:02 am

    That unicorn cake looks amazing. I might have to give this a try for Sophie’s next birthday as she would love it. Love the cupcakes as well and the unicorn strawberries. Definitely pinning this one to help with future birthday cake ideas! 🙂 #KidsandKreativity

  • Nicola September 13, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Absolutely stunning! My daughter has had unicorn cakes for her last two birthdays but I must confess… *whispers*… they’ve been supermarket ones. This has inspired me to make my own next year. The strawberries are such a fab idea too #KidsandKreativity

  • Emma September 25, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Great cake! I’ve got Eli’s 1st birthday on the horizon, I need to get my cake on! #KidsandKreativity

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    Hi I'm Kerry, Wife to James, Step Mum to one, Mum to two and more fur, feather and winged babies than I can count. I have a passion for crafts, encouraging creativity and inspiring imagination especially in children. So if you are looking for some inspiration, ideas and resources to inject a little creativity into your family life, then you've come to the right place. Read More


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