Unicorn Pull-Apart Cake

Unicorns are magical and this pull-apart unicorn cake will have those kids oohing and ahhing. Scrumptious multi-colored cupcakes, filled with sprinkles and topped with yummy icing! What a way to make any celebration that much more colorful and mystical!

Unicorn Pull-Apart Cake


2 boxes vanilla cake mix, such as Dunkin Hines

Food coloring in multiple colors, such as Wilton brand


Swiss buttercream (recipe below)

Fondant horn and ears (instructions below)

Swiss buttercream:

(This makes a double batch, which will be enough to frost the cake and pipe the hair)

8 egg whites

1 ½ cups sugar

6 sticks butter

2 tsp almond extract



1. Set the oven to 350*F

2. Prepare cake mix and divide into as many bowls as you have colors. Using a few drops per bowl, dye your batter into multiple colors.

3. Divide the batter evenly into 24 cupcakes into lined muffin trays and bake until a tester comes out clean – about 15 minutes. Cool the cupcakes completely.

4. Meanwhile, make the buttercream. On the stove, in a metal bowl set over 2 inches of barely simmering water, combine the egg whites and the sugar and whisk continuously until the mixture is warm to the touch and the sugar has dissolved – about 5 minutes.

5. Transfer the mixture to a stand mixer and whisk until completely cool and stiff peaks have formed – about 10-15 minutes.

6. Once cool, slowly add in the butter a cube or two at a time, until fully incorporated. Don’t be alarmed if the frosting looks like it separates, it will come together again after more whisking. Finally, once smooth, add in the almond extract.

7. Arrange the cupcakes into the shape of a unicorn head, and scoop on frosting to cover, reserving a quarter of the mixture for the hair.

8. Using an offset spatula, spread the frosting smoothly across the cake. Add an extra scoop at the jawline and where the nostril will be, and shape them using the spatula.

9. Color the remaining frosting into multiple colors, and pip the hair onto the unicorn, using piping bags or plastic baggies with the corner tips snipped off.

10. Pipe an eye in black frosting and add the unicorn ear and horn.

11. To make a  fondant horn, roll a mound of fondant into a long, thin log and cut it in half. Twist the two logs together and pinch them together gently at the top. Allow the horn to air dry overnight, until hard.

12. For the ear, use a small mound of fondant and roll it into a ball. Using your fingers, gently press it flat, and into the shape of a petal. Add a drop of pink food coloring to a second, smaller mound of fondant and smoosh to color. Roll the pink fondant into a ball and gently press it into a smaller petal shape, then place it on top of the larger ear piece and press to attach. Allow the ear to dry overnight, until hard.

* Nail Colors on hands provided by our sponsor ORLY.


  1. Julie Chelmsford says:

    Great cake but would appreciate it id u coukd tell me how much a’stick’ of butter weights pls. Here in the UK we dont measure in sticks. Thks Julie x

    1. Real Moms Real Moms says:

      Hi Julie. A stick here would is 8TBS or 1/4lb (4 ounces). Hope this helps!

  2. Tanja says:

    Hi Real Moms
    Hello, I would like to bake this cake for my daughter, I am from germany and we have other indications for the quantity,Could you help me get the right amount?
    The ingredients and the quantity.?😊That would be very nice and I would be glad
    Thx Tanja

    1. Real Moms Real Moms says:

      Hi Tanja, you’re probably better off using Google or a converter app than us! Best of luck!

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