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Cristina Riches aka Bird, is the founder of BirdsParty.com. She's also a creative mom of two, published author, graphic designer, freelance photographer, magazine editor and unconditional party lover. Her party ideas and photos have been featured on numerous publications such as Forbes.com, CNN Entertainment, Parenting Magazine, Celebrate Magazine, All You Magazine, Elle Decor and MarthaStewart.com. She also regularly creates content for brands such as PBS Parents, HGTV, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Pillsbury, PayPal, Mars, Hellmann's, Cultura France and Danone to name a few. 

How To Make a Unicorn Birthday Cake


How To Make a Unicorn Birthday Cake - step-by-step tutorial recipe to make a stunning, trendy unicorn cake for your child's birthday - It's easier than it looks! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty

You know those super trendy unicorn cakes we see all over Pinterest? Well, I decide I was brave enough to tackle one on my own for my daughter's unicorn themed slumber party.

I love that the cake depicts a unicorn with its eyes closed, and I think it was perfect to evoke the sleepover party aspect and the whole "sweet dreams" idea for us. So sweet, right?! 😍

Check out the full DIY cake tutorial below!

How To Make a Unicorn Birthday Cake - step-by-step tutorial recipe to make a stunning, trendy unicorn cake for your child's birthday - It's easier than it looks! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty

Cake decorating is one of the most fun aspects of baking for me (and the eating...), so I jumped at the chance to make this unicorn cake by transforming a basic white sponge cake.

These unicorn cakes are not that difficult to make, despite them looking so fancy.

You can also vary the colors of the cake decor, but I wen with pink, blue and gold to match the party color palette we chose.

How To Make a Unicorn Birthday Cake - step-by-step tutorial recipe to make a stunning, trendy unicorn cake for your child's birthday - It's easier than it looks! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty

You basically add some fondant and buttercream decorations to any basic white cake and you have yourself a fab, trendy unicorn cake!

How To Make a Unicorn Birthday Cake

What you'll need:

* a round cake, filled and frosted (the cake frosting needs to be quite set and dry for the decor) - basic recipes here
* pink and light blue buttercream frosting - basic recipe here, then simply tint your basic white buttercream with pink and blue food coloring to desired hue
* white sugar paste fondant
* icing (powdered) sugar
* gold food coloring spray or paint
* jet black food coloring pen or black fondant
* tooth picks and wooden BBQ skewers
* piping bag and 1M star tip 
* cling film (plastic wrap)
* parchment paper
* edible glitter (optional)

How To Make a Unicorn Birthday Cake - step-by-step tutorial recipe to make a stunning, trendy unicorn cake for your child's birthday - It's easier than it looks! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty

Making the unicorn cake decorations

Directions:

1) Dust your work surface with icing sugar to prevent fondant from sticking. Take a piece of white fondant and shape into a long rope, with a thicker part for the base. Carefully roll the rope on itself to form your unicorn horn. 

TIP: Be sure that your fondant is nice and soft before you start working with it, otherwise it may crack.

2) Insert a wooden BBQ skewer in the center and let it dry fully onto parchment paper overnight. 

3) Roll out a piece of white fondant and cut out ear shapes. I did it freehand, but you can maybe create a template onto card stock and use that to cut identical ears. 

4) Insert a couple of tooth picks into the center of each ear. Cut the insides of the ears out of fondant too, and let all the pieces dry overnight on parchment paper.

5) Once all the parts are completely dry, use your food spray paint to color the inner ear parts and unicorn horn golden. You can also use gold edible paint and a paint brush, but it takes longer to dry. Repeat the coating process with edible paint until you reach the desired hue of gold. Let all pieces dry thoroughly.

6) Using a little water, attach the inner ear parts to the large ear. 

How To Make a Unicorn Birthday Cake - step-by-step tutorial recipe to make a stunning, trendy unicorn cake for your child's birthday - It's easier than it looks! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty
How To Make a Unicorn Birthday Cake - step-by-step tutorial recipe to make a stunning, trendy unicorn cake for your child's birthday - It's easier than it looks! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty

Decorating your unicorn cake

Directions:

1) Once fully dry,  carefully insert your unicorn horn and ears into the cake center.

2) Use a black food pen to draw on the eyelids of your unicorn. 

TIP: If your frosting is too wet or soft, you could use black fondant and cut out eye lids  instead. Then simply "glue" them to the front of your cake with a little frosting.

3) Take a large piece of cling film (plastic wrap) and add equal amounts of pink and blue frosting side by side in the center.

4) Roll up the cling film on its own and twist the ends to secure the frosting inside for form a "sausage" shape.

5) Pass this "sausage" into a piping bag fitted with your star piping tip. Trim the piping end of the cling film. This will allow you to pipe two frosting colors together to make the unicorn's magical mane!

6) Pipe the unicorn "mane" all around the top to cover the base of the ears and horn, and continue to pipe on one of the sides and front of the cake to create a cascading effect. Add edible glitter on the mane if desired.

How To Make a Unicorn Birthday Cake - step-by-step tutorial recipe to make a stunning, trendy unicorn cake for your child's birthday - It's easier than it looks! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty

See? It's not that hard to make, right?! 😋

For more unicorn birthday party ideas, check out our page here!







This post appeared first on Bird's Party Blog

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22 comments:

  1. This is so creative! Your kids/nieces/neighbors are VERY fortunate!!

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  2. Darling cake. I kind of like all of this Unicorn stuff! I pinned this. Thank you for sharing at Wonderful Wednesday link party.

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  3. I love how creative cakes are these days! This is beautiful!

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  4. Does it get any more adorable than this? I think not! Happy Fiesta Friday!

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  5. Looks like the Unicorn craze is going to be around for a while and this is absolutely adorable. I know lots of little and big girls that would love this! Thank you for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope you’re having a great weekend.

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  6. This made me smile! What little girl wouldn't love this cake at her birthday!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

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  7. This is awesome! I have been wanting to try my hand at cake decorating. I am pinning this for later, and on my way to subscribe. Found you at the Nifty Thrifty Sunday party hosted by Nifty Thrifty Things :)
    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.blogspot.com

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  8. Seriously AMAZING! What a fabulous cake (and birthday theme) idea. Love it.

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  9. This is too cute for words. I can't believe how easy you make it look!

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  10. This is precious! Thank you for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? Hope to see you back next week!

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda

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  11. Just gorgeous! Someday I want to make pretty cakes. Until then I'll just admire yours. Featuring when my link party opens up tonight!

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  12. I love making birthday cakes for my grandchildren and this one is so cute! Thanks for sharing at #overthemoon link party.

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  13. This is gorgeous! What a fun idea for a cake. Thanks for sharing your how to with us at Snickerdoodle. Pinning.

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  14. Hi! How did you make that bottom tier covered in gold glitter. What did you use to achieve that sparkly textured look?

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    1. It's a fake cake raiser. You can use gold edible spray and glitter and a cake dummy to make one! :)

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  15. Love your cake!!! Is the base a glittered cake riser? If so, where did you get it?

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    1. It's a fake cake /raiser. You can use gold edible spray and glitter and a cake dummy to make one! :)

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  16. I'm also wondering how to made the bottom tier cake? To achieve perfect "glitteryness"? I can't find anything to give me the same outcome/ texture

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    1. It's a fake cake raiser. You can use gold edible spray and glitter and a cake dummy to make one! :)

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  17. What size the top tier and how many layers?

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