How to Make Magical Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

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.

How to Make Magical Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

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!

Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

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.

Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

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

white cupcake liners

Vanilla Frosting

  • 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 Magical Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

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).

How to Make Magical Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

Using a spoon, scoop some orange cake batter into the cupcake liners, enough to cover the bottom.

How to Make Magical Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

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.

Frosting directions

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 –

The cling wrap tip is about five minutes into the video – but she shares a lot of fun other tips too!

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.

How to Make Magical Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

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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.

patriotic unicorn cupcakes half frosted

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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