Unicorn Cupcakes Recipe

Add a dash of magic to your dessert table with these enchanting Unicorn Cupcakes. Featuring rich chocolate cupcakes topped with creamy strawberry buttercream and adorned with shimmering fondant horns, these cupcakes are sure to captivate guests of all ages. Perfect for birthday parties, themed events, or any occasion that calls for a touch of whimsy.


For the Cupcakes:

  • All-Purpose Flour: 1 1/2 cups
  • Superfine Sugar (Caster Sugar): 1 cup
  • Cocoa Powder: 1/4 cup
  • Baking Soda: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Fine Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Unsalted Butter, softened: 3/4 cup
  • Eggs: 2 large, at room temperature
  • Whole Milk: 3/4 cup

For the Frosting:

  • Unsalted Butter, softened: 2 cups (for a very fluffy frosting, up to 8 cups may be used, adjust to your preference)
  • Confectioners’ Sugar (Icing Sugar): 4 cups
  • Strawberry Flavoring: 1 teaspoon
  • Pink Food Coloring: 2 drops
  • Whole Milk (room temperature, optional but recommended): 2 tablespoons

For the Decorations:

  • Yellow Fondant
  • Gold Lustre Dust
  • Pastel Sprinkles
  • Chocolate Buttons (for eyes)


Prepare the Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
  2. Line a cupcake tin with brown cupcake liners.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add softened butter, eggs, and milk, then mix on low speed until combined and then on high speed until smooth.
  5. Divide the batter among the cupcake liners and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let cupcakes cool completely.

Make the Frosting:

  1. Beat the softened butter until creamy.
  2. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, strawberry flavoring, pink food coloring, and milk if using, until fluffy.

Decorate the Cupcakes:

  1. Frost the cooled cupcakes with the strawberry buttercream.
  2. Roll out the yellow fondant and form into unicorn horns; dust with gold lustre for a magical effect.
  3. Insert a chocolate button for the eyes and use pastel sprinkles to decorate.

Final Touches:

  1. Position the fondant horn on each cupcake.
  2. Add additional sprinkles or edible glitter to enhance the unicorn theme.


  • To achieve the perfect horn shape, twist long strips of fondant together and trim the base to sit flat on the cupcakes.
  • For an extra shiny effect, mix the gold lustre dust with a small amount of alcohol (like vodka) and paint it onto the horns. The alcohol will evaporate, leaving the dust to set more quickly.


Q: How far in advance can I make these cupcakes? A: You can bake the cupcakes a day in advance; just make sure to store them in an airtight container. Frost and decorate them on the day of serving to keep everything fresh and vibrant.

Q: Can I substitute the strawberry flavoring? _A: Absolutely! Feel free to use vanilla or any other flavor that pairs well with chocolate and complements the overall aesthetic of the cupcakes.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes
Yield: 12 cupcakes
Category: Dessert
Method: Baking
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian

Conclusion: Unicorn Cupcakes are more than just a treat; they’re a festive expression of creativity and fun. These cupcakes are perfect for making any special occasion even more memorable with their delightful combination of flavors and exquisite decorations. Dive into the joy of baking and let these little works of art bring a smile to everyone’s face!

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