Is anyone else as obsessed with unicorn cakes as I am? This Halloween unicorn cake by pastry chef Lia Weber blew me away.
In the post below, I share Lia’s instructions for decorating this amazing Halloween unicorn cake!
Unlike most of my posts, this post is geared specifically toward intermediate and advanced bakers. It doesn’t cover how to bake the cake or how to acheive a smooth base coat of frosting. If you need help with those topics, I strongly recommend taking some classes on Craftsy or with Lia directly (if you happen to be in St. Louis).
The tutorial focuses on which colors and tools to use to get the unicorn look once you already have a frosted cake, with an emphasis on how to create the witch unicorn horn. The horn is a fun idea that you could use on cupcakes as well!
If you’d rather look at a cake like this than make one, other easier Halloween dessert ideas include:
- Pumpkin cupcakes with pumpkin frosting (or anything with pumpkin frosting)
- Spider cookies
- Black licorice cupcakes
Now, let’s get this tutorial started…
How to Make a Halloween Unicorn Cake
Begin with whatever cake you like. I suggest my vanilla cake.
Pipe rosettes using star tips such as:
How to Make Unicorn Ears
- To make the unicorn ears, roll out some green and black fondant.
- Cut two larger ears out of the green fondant, using a leaf cutter or large rose petal cutter.
- Then, using a smaller cutter and black fondant, use the same technique to cut two smaller ear shapes for the insides of the ears.
- Place the smaller black inner ear on top of the larger green ear.
- Use a dab of water underneath to glue.
- Pinch the ends together to form a crease and set in cupcake liners or a flower former to dry.
How to Make a Unicorn Horn Witch Hat
- black fondant
- cake pop stick
- small styrofoam cake dummy
- 3-4″ round circle cookie cutter
- orange fondant, for bow
Insert a cake pop stick into a Styrofoam cake dummy, letting it stick out about 4 inches (this will help you determine how tall the hat/horn will be).
Roll out a tapered rope of black fondant.
Roll out a piece of fondant and cut out the 3-4″ diameter round circle to use for the base of the hat.
Let the horn and base of the hat dry for several hours before placing on the cake.
Roll out a strip of orange fondant, cut into a thin ribbon. Place around the base of the hat.
Make a small orange fondant bow and glue (using small amount of water) to the orange ribbon on the front of the hat. If you are new to making fondant bows, I have a fondant bow tutorial that should help.
Lia Weber, Owner of MADE. BY LIA, creates custom-designed, from-scratch wedding cakes and specialty sweets in St. Louis, Missouri. She is an accomplished pastry chef, cake artist and winner of TLC’s Next Great Baker, Season 4, with Buddy the Cake Boss. Lia is the Baking Ambassador for AB Mauri North America, an innovative baking & technology company. She runs her business out of their BakingHub located in the Cortex district in the Central West End. MADE. BY LIA has received The Knot best of 2017 and Wedding Wire’s Couples Choice Award and is the recent winner of the Feast Magazine-Midwest Readers Choice Awards, “Pastry Chef of the Year, 2017.” Lia’s love for baking began in her mother’s kitchen & she hopes to pass on the same passion to her daughter, Ella. Someday soon, Lia plans to start a YouTube channel teaching the ‘at home baker’ simple yet delicious from scratch recipes. Until then, stay up to date on the latest cake trends by following her on Instagram @madebylia, Facebook MADE. BY LIA, and on www.madebylia.com.