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How to Make Unicorn Cupcakes

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Learn how to make unicorn cupcakes for your next birthday party, weekday dessert, or surprise someone! These are easy DIY unicorn cupcakes that you can whip up for a stunning presentation.

A vanilla cupcake that is loaded with sprinkles and topped with a unicorn topper. A fun and creative cupcake recipe that is great and so simple to throw together.

Cupcakes decorated to look like unicorns with white frosting, colorful sprinkles, and unicorn toppers.

This Unicorn Cupcake Recipe Is…

  • Made with white cake mix
  • Covered in sprinkles
  • Fun birthday party dessert
  • No major piping skills needed

Ingredients Needed

  • French Vanilla Cake Mix – You can use other flavors of cake, I found the French vanilla was delicious. But feel free to swap with any cake flavor you want.
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Jimmies Sprinkles – You can also swap out the sprinkles if you want. Or do a mix of sprinkles to add more depth and look to the cupcakes.
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Heavy Cream
  • Vanilla

How To Make Unicorn Cupcakes

Step One: Start by preheating oven and prepping your cupcake pan. Then in a bowl mix up the cake mix, butter, milk, and mix to combine.

Step Two: Add in some sprinkles, stir well come combine. Then pour into the muffin tin and bake as directed. Allow cupcakes to fully cool.

Unicorn Cupcakes on wooden counter with horn and ears

Step Three: Next once the cupcakes are cool whip up your frosting. Then pipe the tops, and roll the cupcakes in the sprinkles on the sides.

Step Four: Then top with the horns and ears from your package, and enjoy!

close up of unicorn cupcake

Storing Cupcakes

You can store these homemade unicorn cupcakes in an airtight container on the counter, or in the fridge. If your home is a tad on the warmer side the fridge is best to prevent the frosting from breaking down.

You can also freeze cupcakes for 3-4 months. Just make sure to place in a freezer friendly container and then freeze. I always try to make sure to place in a larger container to prevent smashing the frosting.

Tips For Making Cupcakes

  • Make sure to allow the cupcakes to fully cool before you frost or it will melt the frosting.
  • When rolling cupcakes in the frosting, leave the top free of sprinkles for a clean unicorn topper.
  • Any colors of sprinkles work for this cupcake recipe.
  • Feel free to make a homemade cake mix instead of boxed cake mix if you would like.

Common Questions

When to know that the cupcakes are fully done?

The cupcakes are done when you can stick a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean of wet batter. Make sure to not overcook the cupcakes or it will create a dry cupcake.

Can I make cupcakes the day before I want to serve them up?

Feel free to make the cupcakes one day before you plan to serve them. Just make sure they are in a stored container or they will dry out and won’t taste as fresh.

Can I use a different cupcake topper?

Yes, if you can’t find or don’t want the same cupcake topper as I used, feel free to buy any style. There are tons of unicorn toppers that you can pick and choose from to find the right look for you.

More Unicorn Desserts You’ll Love

If you are having a themed party or a lover of unicorns in your home, here are more unicorn desserts to make! These would be great to pair with cupcakes for a party!

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Cupcakes decorated to look like unicorns with white frosting, colorful sprinkles, and unicorn toppers.
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Unicorn Cupcakes

Author: Kim Schob
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yields 24 Cupcakes
Whip up a batch of these unicorn cupcakes for your next dessert. A simple and easy way to learn how to make unicorn cupcakes.


Vanilla Cupcakes:

  • 1 French Vanilla cake mix box
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ Cup (113 ½ g) butter 1 stick of softened unsalted sweet cream
  • 1 Cup (244 g) whole milk
  • 1 Cup (160 g) Funfetti Jimmies Sprinkles

Vanilla Frosting Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups (681 g) butter unsalted sweet cream, softened
  • 6 Cups (720 g) powdered sugar
  • 5-7 tbsp (5 tbsp) whipping cream heavy
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract pure
  • 1 large piping bag fitted with star tip
  • 3 Cups (480 g) Sprinkles Unicorn Funfetti
  • 1 package Wilton Unicorn Icing Decorations horns and ears


Directions for Cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake pan with the liners
  • In a medium bowl, combine the cake mix, butter, milk, and mix until combined Mix in the sprinkles until combined
  • Fill the cupcake liners 3⁄4 way full
  • Bake in the oven for about 21 minutes
  • Pull out and place on the side to cool

Frosting Directions:

  • Using a standing mixer combine the butter, powdered sugar, heavy
  • whipping cream, vanilla, and mix on medium speed until combined and smooth
  • Scoop frosting into the large piping bag
  • Pipe a thick ring of frosting around the top of the cupcake
  • Dip the cupcake into the sprinkles to coat the frosting ring of frosting
  • Place the Unicorn Horn and Ears from the icing package into the center frosting dollop

Nutrition Information

Calories: 573kcal (29%) Carbohydrates: 73g (24%) Protein: 2g (4%) Fat: 31g (48%) Saturated Fat: 20g (125%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 96mg (32%) Sodium: 375mg (16%) Potassium: 48mg (1%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 63g (70%) Vitamin A: 919IU (18%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 73mg (7%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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