Whimsical Patriotic Unicorn Cupcakes

Unicorn Cupcakes seem to be hot – so I combined one of my favorite themed holidays with them to create this gem for you today: Patriotic Unicorn Cupcakes!

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We get to play off of the whimsy of unicorns, but keep a nod in there to the good ol’ red, white, and blue! The first thing you are going to need is a Patriotic Sprinkle Mix. Simply take:

  • 1 package of Wilton Sprinkles pouch mix, Red
  • 1 package of Wilton Sprinkles pouch mix, Blue
  • 1 package of Wilton Sprinkles pouch mix, Diamond

and open them up into a large bowl, stirring them to combine all of the sprinkles. Just set those babies aside for later use. Or you can get the Old Glory II Sprinkle Mix off of Amazon HERE. It already has a mix of the three different colors!

How to make Patriotic Unicorn Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes is what I usually use, to make the colors of the differently dyed parts of the batter really “pop”, but you can use my yellow cake mix recipe HERE if you want to make these all from scratch. You would need to double that recipe, but a box of cake mix will get you 24 cupcakes.

You will need:

  • 1 box of French Vanilla cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 C (1 stick) of softened unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 1 C Patriotic Jimmy Sprinkles
  • cupcake liners
  • muffin pan

Directions for cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350 and line your muffin pan with the liners. In a medium bowl, combine the cake mix, butter, milk, and mix until combined – try not to over mix as you don’t want too much air in the batter. That air turns into little tunnels on your finished baked goods, ruining the consistency and look.

Fill the cupcake liners ¾ way full. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. Pull out and place on the side to cool while you whip up the frosting.

Vanilla Frosting Ingredients:

  • 3 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 6 C powdered sugar
  • 5-7 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 medium ice cream scoop
  • Red and Blue gel food coloring
  • 1 package of Wilton Unicorn Icing Decorations (Found at Walmart and Michael’s)

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 1 ½ C of frosting into another bowl and set it aside. Using the ice cream scoop, scoop out some frosting and place it onto the cupcakes.

Using a mini angled spatula, lightly spread and smooth evenly into a
thick mound of frosting. Dip the cupcake into the sprinkles to coat the frosting mound.

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Using the frosting that was set aside, divide the frosting into two bowls. Mix in red food coloring into one bowl and then mix in blue food coloring into the second bowl. Scoop the red frosting onto 1 side of the piping bag and then scoop the blue frosting onto the other side of the piping bag. Twist the bag to close the end off and pipe a dollop onto the center of the sprinkled topped unicorn cupcakes. Place the Unicorn Horn and Ears from the icing package into the red
and blue frosting and you are all set!

Other unicorn recipes you might like to try:

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Red, White and Blue Cupcakes

Red White & Blue Cupcakes

Red, White and Blue Cupcakes

While these seem very labor intensive, they really aren’t! They make for a very impressive addition to a potluck and certainly bring a smile to anyone enjoying a festive occasion.

Cupcake Ingredients:

1/2 C unsalted butter, room temp
2 egg whites
2 eggs
2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 baking soda
3/4 C buttermilk
1 1/2 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Red and Blue gel food coloring

Cupcakes Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
-Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl.
-Beat butter on high for 30 seconds.
-Add sugar and  vanilla extract to the butter until well combined.
-Add egg whites, one at a time, mixing after each.
-Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each.
-Add 1/3 C  flour mixture to the wet mixture followed by adding   1/3  C of the buttermilk; add 1/3 C flour mixture again then add 1/3 C  buttermilk mix on low speed, add 1/3 C of flour and add the rest of 1/3 C of buttermilk mix in low speed until  thoroughly blended.
-Divide the batter into three bowls…. add red gel food coloring to one…. add blue gel food coloring to the second and the third remains white.  Stir well.
-Begin by spooning in some of the red batter then the blue… using a spoon twirl the two colors together.
-Place your star in the center and build the cupcake…. continue with the blue batter then the red batter…. using a spoon twirl the two colors together.

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-The batter should reach 2/3rds of the top of the lined cupcake holders.
-Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted
toothpick comes out clean.
-Cool for 10 minutes.
-Remove to a wire rack until fully cooled

White Star:

-Spoon the white batter onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 24 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
-Allow to completely cool.
-Using a small star cookie cutter and cut out the stars for the cupcakes.

Frosting Ingredients:

1 C unsalted butter, softened
3 C powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 C heavy cream
Red and Blue gel food coloring

Frosting Directions:

-Beat the softened butter on its own until smooth.
-Add vanilla extract.
-Add powder sugar with heavy cream  into the creamed butter until it becomes a smooth and thick texture.
-If the frosting is too thick, add more heavy cream, if  the frosting is too thin, add more powder sugar.
-Take a spoonful of the frosting and hold the spoon upside down
if the frosting drops off the spoon add more powdered sugar ….
-Divide the frosting into three bowls….. One bowl add several red drops of gel food coloring… stir well……Second bowl add several drops of blue gel food coloring…. stir well…. Third bowl remains white.
-Scoop individual colors of the frosting at a time into a pastry bag… Start with the blue frosting, second the red frosting and lastly add the white frosting.
-Twist the open end of the pastry bag to push the frosting to the tip.  Test it out before applying the frosting to the cupcakes.  The frosting should come out in a mixture of the red, white and blue.
-Frost the cupcakes.

Now, share them with your friends so they can rip into them like a monkey on a cupcake!

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