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It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisper- and you know what that means: it’s Halloween season. This recipe for Magical Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes will be sure to delight your guests this holiday season.
This recipe is not only for unicorn lovers but for anyone who wants to make a magical dessert! These cupcakes are surprisingly easy to make and the hardest part might be waiting for the cupcakes to cool before you can decorate them with your favorite colors!
Magical Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes
The Halloween season kicks off with October 31st being All Hallow’s Eve which means “the eve of all saints.” This was also known as Samhain in Celtic culture. The night before this day marked the beginning of winter (a time where many crops died.)
It became connected to ghosts and spirits since people would go door-to-door looking for treats while wearing masks like mischievous goblins on November first!
So they were honoring their ancestors who had passed away during the previous year by giving them food offerings from their harvest so they could take care of them in the next world.
Basically, Halloween is all about things we can’t see or understand.
Why are unicorns so popular?
The unicorn is a symbol of purity and it’s easy to see why they’ve been used for centuries in religious iconography as symbols of Christ, mainly because the single horn on their foreheads.
In medieval European legend, unicorns are said to have healing powers if you can kill them but this story has its roots back in Indian mythology where people believe that only virgins could capture these spirits!
Yes, I use a boxed mix to whip up these treats, but you can make our vanilla cupcake from scratch recipe follow along too.
Magical Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes
We use a traditional Halloween candy as an inspiration for the cupcake base – the candy corn.
History of candy corn
Candy corn is a popular Halloween treat consumed by children and adults alike, but the history of this sweet confection goes back to when it was created in the 1800s.
Candy Corn History: The original recipe for these candies consisted primarily of sugar, corn syrup, butter, or coconut oil along with vanilla extract and food coloring.
They were then shaped into crescent-shaped pieces that resembled Indian war clubs called “maces” (the shape resembles teeth marks). These sugary treats became an instant sensation because they looked similar to real ears of corn that had just been harvested from fields nearby.
The colors alone scream fall harvest and make for a fun pallet to work with.
Candy Corn Cupcakes Ingredients
- 1 box of white cake mix
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/4 C water
- 1/2 C canola oil
- Orange and Yellow gel food coloring
white cupcake liners
- 1 1/2 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
- 3 C powder sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3-5 tbsp heavy whipping cream
- purple, orange, and green gel food coloring
You will also need:
- 1 disposable piping bag fitted with a #22 tip
- 1 large piping bag fitted with a large star frosting tip
- Wilton Candy Corn Unicorn cupcake decorations (Found at Walmart in the Halloween department)
How to Make Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place cupcake liners into the cupcake pans. Follow the directions on the back of the box to make the cupcake batter. Divide the batter evenly into 3 bowls. In one bowl, mix in a few drops of the orange gel food coloring, in the second bowl, mix in a few drops of the yellow gel food coloring and leave the third bowl color-free (white).
Using a spoon, scoop some orange cake batter into the cupcake liners, enough to cover the bottom.
Scoop some yellow cake batter on top of the orange batter. Then scoop some white cake batter on top of the yellow layer.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from over and let set in the pans for 5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.
Using a standing mixer, beat together all ingredients except the food coloring, beating together until creamy and smooth and stiff peaks form.
Scoop 2 C of frosting into the large piping bag
Divide the rest of the frosting into three different bowls. Mix in one color each into each bowl; purple, orange, and green.
Scoop the purple frosting into one side of the disposable piping bag, scoop the orange frosting into another side of the disposable piping bag, and then scoop the green frosting into the last side of the disposable piping bag.
Some people find that confusing and like the saran wrap tick. Just check out this video –
Frost the cooled cupcakes with the white frosting
Place the horn into the middle of the frosting
Place ears on either side of the horn
Place the “Eyes” below the horn, and then, using the colorful frosting, pipe the unicorn mane around the top and along the side.
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