A great DIY cake is a fun way to bring excitement to dessert. This Chocolate DIY Unicorn Cake is not only beautiful but it is also fun to make. This recipe is a complete win in our house. Not only is it perfect for any occasion such as birthdays, baby showers, or just because, but it is also absolutely delicious. The ease of putting together this cake is also a bonus. While it will look as though you spent hours baking and decorating this cake, it actually takes very little time to get to the finished product. This cake is perfect for all ages and stages in life. I mean, who doesn’t love unicorns?
How to Make an Easy DIY Unicorn Cake
This Easy DIY Unicorn Cake is easy to assemble. In fact, you are bound to be surprised by just how easy it is to create. We used a few boxed cake mixes to create a delicious flavour combination, but you are more than welcome to bake your favourite cake from scratch. You decide how much time you have to put into the cake. If you are short on time, the boxed cake mixes work just fine. Just be sure that if you are using your own from scratch recipe, that you bake the cakes in 8 inch round cake pans to achieve the desired outcome.
We also used premade vanilla frosting to decorate this cake, but again, you can go ahead and use your own recipe to home make it. When making icing from scratch we quite like this Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe. It is delicious and quite easy to decorate with. We have made several boxed cake mix recipes along with the premade icing like this Easy DIY Batman Cake so if you choose to stick with a boxed solution, you are sure to be pleased.
What You Need to Make a Chocolate DIY Unicorn Cake
The ingredients for this chocolate DIY unicorn cake can be as simple or as complicated as you would like. Either way, the results will be astounding and beautiful.
- 2 Boxes of Cake Mix – You can choose any flavour that you like. I used 2 layers of chocolate and one layer of vanilla. I put pink food colouring into the vanilla cake to change the colour. Bake them into 3 – 8 inch round cakes. (Make sure that you do not overfill your pans, you can always use any leftover batter to make some extra cupcakes.)
- 3 Containers of Vanilla Frosting – We used Vanilla as it is the easiest to dye with the food colouring to create the unicorn effect. You will want 1/2 a tub of each colour: blue, yellow, pink, purple, plus one for the centre layers
- 1 Container of Chocolate Frosting – This will be used to ice the outside of the cake prior to adding the embellishments.
- Unicorn Cake Topper – We used these to decorate the cake to give it the appearance of a Unicorn
- Cling Wrap & Waxed Paper
- Piping Bag
- Large Star Tip
- Wooden Skewers
DIY Unicorn Cake Recipe Instructions
Making this DIY unicorn cake doesn’t have to be overly complicated, although the results will convince people otherwise. This cake is quite simply a couple of boxed mixes and some dyed premade icing put together to create a multicolour mane. Then, the cake is topped with your unicorn horn, unicorn ears and eyes and then served. The results are quite impressive and eye-catching without too much fuss.
Bake your boxed cake mixes according to the directions on the box. As stated above, do not overfill your cake pans. If you have leftover cake mix, use it to make cupcakes. You will also want to ensure that you allow your cakes to properly cool prior to icing them. Otherwise, the icing will not stick properly and will just melt right off.
Dye your Vanilla icing using food colouring. You will want 1/2 a tub of each colour: blue, yellow, pink and purple. Reserve one tub of vanilla icing to use in the centre of the cake.
Once your icing has been dyed, lay in a row side by side on cling wrap, roll together, and chill.
Once your cake has cooled, place the wax paper down on your cake board to protect the edges from icing. Ice between the layers of the cake with your vanilla icing. Place the cakes stacked together and secure with wooden skewers. Cut skewers so they are level with the top of the cake (if necessary)
Once cakes are stacked, you will be able to frost the entire outside. This will create a thin yet smooth layer of icing.
Remove your coloured icing from the fridge and cut the end of the cling wrap. Put the entire thing in a piping bag with a large star tip. Pipe out your decorations for the mane. Pipe small circles of the mane.
Place Horn, ears and eyes and serve!
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No matter what kind of DIY Cake you decide to make, you are sure to please everyone gathered around your table. These cake taste delicious and are super simple to put together. In addition to their ease, kids and adults love them because they taste great and look like a million bucks.