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How to Make Easy Unicorn Cupcakes

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Hello sweet friends! I am here with a fun blog post on how to make easy unicorn cupcakes for a sweet unicorn party. Here’s some unicorn cake inspiration!

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I am sharing the vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream recipe I used below, but you are welcome to use any recipe for these easy unicorn cupcakes!

Would you rather opt for video tutorials instead of step-by-step instructions? We’ve got you covered with a quick video tutorial that guides you through the process of creating unicorn cupcakes.

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How to make Easy Unicorn Cupcakes Step by Step

Materials Needed

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Bake your favorite cupcake recipe (recipe instructions at below if you need one!)

Step 2: Make the buttercream batch as directed.

Step 3: Divide it into 4 bowls. Color each separate bowl with pink, turquoise, and purple except for white, and mix with a spatula.

Step 3: Affix each large piping bag with 1M, 2D, 4B, and #12 piping tips.

Step 3: Fill 1M piping bag with pink buttercream. Fill 2D piping bag with purple buttercream. Fill 4B piping bag with turquoise buttercream. Lastly, fill the #12 piping bag with white buttercream.

Step 4: Start with the piping bag with the 1M open star tip and pipe a swirl on the top of the cupcake.

Piping 1M on the cupcake

Step 5: Switch to the piping bag with a 4B tip and create a small swirl on the center of the cupcake.

Piping 4B on the cupcake

Step 6: Switch to the piping bag with a 2D tip and create two drop flowers on the center of the cupcake.

Piping 2D on the cupcake

Step 7: Continue to pipe swirls, alternating the piping bags with 1M, 4B, and 2D.

Piping 1M on the unicorn cupcake
Piping 4B on the unicorn cupcake
Piping 2D on the unicorn cupcake

Step 8: Switch to the piping bag with #12 and white frosting, and pipe some dots on the rest of the naked cupcake.

Piping dots on the unicorn cupcake

Step 9: Continue to pipe the rest of the cupcakes.

Step 10: Place the unicorn horn and ears icing decorations on the center of each cupcake.

Putting unicorn horn & ears on the cupcake

Step 11: Place some unicorn-inspired sprinkles on the cupcakes.

Adding sprinkles

Step 12: Brush some edible glitter on the cupcakes for a little magic!

Adding edible glitter

Step 13: You’re done with creating some gorgeous unicorn cupcakes!

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How to Make Easy Unicorn Cupcakes

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Easy Unicorn Cupcake Recipe

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes 1x





  • 1 box cake mix (Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker)
  • 1 cup milk (room temperature)
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 3 Large Best Eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 Tbsp. Vanilla
  • Sprinkle Jimmies (optional)
  • 4 stick butter (2 Cup) (room temperature)
  • 7 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 TBSP of vanilla extract
  • 2 TSBP of heavy cream (add 1 more if needed)



  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put silver foil cupcake liners in the cupcake pans.
  3. Mix cake mix, milk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl with a stand or hand mixer at medium speed for approximately 2 minutes.
  4. Fold in sprinkles if using. Carefully pour cupcake batter into each cupcake liner and fill to no more than 1/2-3/4.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes. It is ready when the toothpick has a few crumbs or is clean.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes. Place the cupcakes on the wire rack.
  7. Buttercream:
  8. Place the butter in the mixer with a paddle attachment.
  9. Whip the butter for a minute.
  10. Slowly add the powdered sugar (1 cup at a time).
  11. Add the heavy cream (add 1 more TBSP if it is too thick).
  12. Whip for a few minutes to get it all mixed.
  13. Whip at a low speed for 10 minutes to eliminate air bubbles.
  • Author: Diana Yvette
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Category: dessert

Answers to your questions about making Unicorn Cupcakes

Does the recipe matter for these unicorn cupcakes?

No, you can use ANY recipe you want for the cupcakes. This is more of a cupcake decorating tutorial than a recipe tutorial.

Can I make my own unicorn horn and ears with fondant?

Yes! I don’t have a tutorial for these as of now, but you can find some YouTube tutorials. I just find that these unicorn horn and ears icing decorations are a lot easier, and they’re so beautiful as well! If they are not available at your local Walmart or craft stores, or Amazon, fondant (perhaps using a mold) will be the way to go!

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