We are so excited to share an adorable unicorn cake tutorial with you! Unicorn themed cakes and sweets are a huge trend right now, and so we thought that we'd join in on the fun!
Ours is a sweet and simple tiered buttercream cake design but it could easily be created in fondant also, as well as just a single tier. I was inspired by the many, many CUTE unicorn cakes that have popped up all of Pinterest, and among them is JennaRaeCakes.com who many credit as the first (or at least among the first) to popularize this sweet design!
We hope that you enjoy the tutorial!
We used one 8" tier and one 6" tier, each on their own cardboard cake circle. The top tier was supported by 4 bubble tea straws that were inserted into the bottom tier beneath it.
Buttercream Frosting recipe of choice. (We used our crusting Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream with high ratio frosting)
Coloring Gels: Americolor Super Black, Deep Pink, Lemon Yellow, Ivory, Wilton Leaf Green
Piping Tips: Any variety of large and small star tips is fine. We used 2D, 1M, 21, and a Tip 3 for the bead border & lashes, 104 tip for petals, 133 grass tip, 352 leaf tip
Fondant: Small amount of black fondant for the eyes, then ivory fondant for the horn. White fondant (with tylose kneaded into it) for the ears. You could use gum paste for the ears if you'd rather.
Food safe Gold luster dust (We used Rolkem Gold)
Vodka (or lemon extract) to mix with luster to create paint
Pink petal dust + powdered sugar for "blush" (optional)
Pipiping gel or your "glue" of choice
Wooden Skewer for "horn"- ours was approx 10 inches
lollipop sticks (or skewers) for anchors for ears
Rose Nail and Waxed Paper Squares if piping flowers
Miscellaneous: Small paintbrushes, Small offset spatula (ridged buttercream), turntable is helpful, bench scraper is helpful for applying the frosting, Viva paper towel (if using the viva method of smoothing your crusting buttercream)
I always like to chill my tiers until firm before stacking, especially when working with buttercream frosted cakes.
The eyes could be piped in buttercream also but we chose to make them fondant as a more forgiving choice. As long as the buttercream tier is chilled, you can move around the fondant eyes a bit if needed.
We made stars and rosettes for the mane but any variety of piping or flowers would look nice!