Unicorn Cupcakes Recipe [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 10 reviews

Unicorn Cupcakes are astonishingly pretty, delicious, and also easy to make. Perfect for themed parties, these are meant to be a hit with everyone.

These Unicorn Cupcakes are so pretty and tasty, that is perfect for themed parties, and is a hit with kids and adults alike! I am obsessed with the color purple, and I love making Galaxy CupcakesMagic Purple Cake, and Purple Muffins.

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Unicorn Cupcakes Recipe

Unicorn Cupcakes are so pretty and tasty! My love for purple color goes way back, and that’s why I am always excited when I get the chance to make purple desserts.

I made these Unicorn Cupcakes for my son’s birthday party last year and somehow I forgot to post them. I was browsing through my photos yesterday and was pleasantly surprised when I found these.

The cupcakes were a huge hit with kids and adults. What’s not to love about them? They are soft and moist and topped with sweet vanilla buttercream. The best part of this recipe is that it’s easy to follow and you can make the cupcakes in any color you would like!

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What do you need to make Unicorn Cupcakes:

  • flour
  • sugar
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • milk
  • vegetable oil
  • vanilla extract
  • eggs
  • water
  • food coloring

Image of unicorn cupcakes in ingredients.

What do you need to make Unicorn Cupcakes Frosting:

  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • milk
  • food coloring

Can you make them gluten-free?

Yes! Simply substitute the all-purpose flour with a 1:1 type of gluten-free flour.

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Unicorn Cupcakes Recipe Tips:

  • I used my go-to recipe for the cupcake batter for the Unicorn Cupcakes recipe, you can use any recipe that you like. I like this one, as the cupcakes are moist and soft. You can also use a store-bought cupcake mix to save time.
  • You can add different flavors to the batter, almond extract, vanilla extract or cherry extract are delicious options.
  • For the best cupcakes and for them to rise nicely in the oven, do NOT over-mix the batter.
  • Make sure the oven is preheated and the ingredients are at room temperature.
  • After you put the cupcakes in the oven, do NOT open the oven door for 15 minutes.

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Colorful Buttercream Expert Tips:

  • When making the buttercream, it has a lot of sugar so it can hold its shape when piped. I do not like the taste of shortening, that’s why I only use butter in my frosting. If you want to use shortening, to create a stiffer buttercream, replace half of the butter with shortening. The sugar amount stays the same in both cases.
  • Be extra careful when working with food gel coloring. It can easily stain your hands, counter, or carpet. Cover the surfaces accordingly.
  • When piling the colors on top of each other on plastic wrap, try to use the same amount of each color. Also, don’t add too much buttercream, eye it so it can fit in the piping bag.

Photo of how to make purple unicorn cupcakes.

Storing instructions:

To refrigerate:

Let cool completely and refrigerate, covered loosely with plastic. It can keep for up to 4 days.

To freeze:

  1. First, you can freeze the cupcakes BEFORE they have been frosted. Let them fully cool to room temperature, wrap in plastic wrap and after that in aluminium foil or add to freezer-safe bags. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  2. Also, you can freeze the already frosted cupcakes. Place them in the fridge for the buttercream to harden.
  3. Next, wrap each one individually in plastic wrap and after that in foil, or add to freezer-safe bags and freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. Also, after you can add them to an air-tight, freezer-safe container and freeze.
  5. When ready to use or intend to serve, place them in the fridge overnight to thaw.

Picture of purple cupcakes.

Can you make these in other colors?

Yes! This recipe is great because you can just play with the colors as you please to match the theme you are going for.

A few suggestions would be:

  • Red, White, and Blue – for a patriotic dessert
  • Pastel Colors – for an Easter theme
  • Dark Blue, Purple, and Black – for a galaxy themed party

just mix and match to create the perfect dessert!

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Unicorn Cupcakes

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 16 cupcakes
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 50 mins

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Nutrition information

Calories: 680 Carbohydrates: 99 Protein: 3 Fat: 31 Saturated Fat: 20 Cholesterol: 83 Sodium: 167 Potassium: 160 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 84 Vitamin A: 805 Calcium: 87 Iron: 1.5
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Katerina @ diethood .com

OH WOW!! My kids would go wild for these cupcakes!! They are fantastic!!

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Jen

These are so perfect for any birthday or class party!

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Jacque Hastert

OMG! I love these! My daughters would love these!

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Amanda

These are so fun! My daughter wants them for her birthday :)

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

I want a least a dozen of these soon!

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Krista

These have got to be the coolest looking cupcake ever!

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Kimberly

Those are soooo pretty!

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Albert Bevia

If I made these cupcakes I donĀ“t think I could eat them...they are just too beautiful...seriously....these are amazing

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Beth

My kids would love this cupcake! I can't wait to make this!

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Cathy

Wow these are absolutely fabulous!!! I love the vibrant colors!

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

These Unicorn Cupcakes are are mouth watering!

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Toni

These are so fun and delish! Everyone at my house enjoyed it!

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Kevin

These are so fun! I love the color you have in them!

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Sara Welch

What a fun idea for a birthday party! My daughter would love a unicorn themed party; definitely going to be making these for her birthday this year!

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Suzy

Such a gorgeous cupcake! My kids are going to go crazy for them!

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