How to Make Pinterest-Worthy Unicorn Cake Pops

Monday, May 15, 2017

How to Make Pinterest-Worthy Unicorn Cake Pops

{Notice - I am in no way shape or form a professional baker. I am also not affiliated with or paid by any of the brands listed below to write this recipe/blog.}

When your daughter wants a Unicorn Birthday Party and you go onto Pinterest to find all of the cutest little unicorn cakes, cupcakes and cake pops - not sure about you all - but I simply HAVE to at the very least attempt to make them. 
They turned out so cute and really didn't take a terrible amount of time to do!

Here's what I used and where to find them:

1 -  Box Cake - I used Pilsbury Funfetti (makes the cake pops look fun inside). 
1 - Can of Frosting - I used Pilsbury Cream Cheese fosting.
2 - 10oz Bag of White Chocolate Ghiradelli Melting Wafers (Target)
Food Coloring
Icing - Decorating Bags
Small Star-Icing Tip (Michaels)
Cake Pop Sticks (I used Cookie sticks by Wilton from Michaels)
1 - Wilton Edible Marker - Black (Michaels)
1 - 4.4oz Wilton Preferred Fondant in White (Michaels)
1 - Wilton Pearl Dust - Pink (Michaels)
1 - Wilton Pearl Dust - Gold (Michaels)
1 - Small Food-Safe Dusting Brush (Michaels)
1 - Cake pan
1 - Large Spatula or mixing spoon
1 - Cookie Dough Scoop (Oxo brand from Target)
Parchment Paper 

Unicorn Cake Pop Recipe DIY Birthday Party

1. Bake the cake per the box's instructions. Let cool.
2. After allowing the cake to cool, crumble it into a large mixing bowl. 
3. Scoop out approximately 1/4 of the can of frosting and mix it into the crumbled cake. You should be able to form the mixture into balls. Be careful to not add too much frosting or your cake pops won't hold shape very well. 
4. Using the Cookie dough scoop, fill the scoop with the cake and frosting mixture, release it into your hands and roll into a ball. 
5. Place the ball onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet or platter.
6. Releat steps 4 and 5 until all of the mixture is gone.
7. Refridgerate the cake pop balls for about an hour. 

Decorating Preparation
1. While you are waiting for the cake pop balls to cool count out as many of the chocolate wafers as you have cake pops and set them aside. Put the rest of the wafers in a decently-narrow but tall microwave-safe dish - set aside.
2. Take the rest of the frosting from the can and mix with food coloring if desired.
3. Prepare your icing decorator bag with the tip and fill with the colored icing.
4. Using the white fondant form ears and horns for each cake pop. Lightly dust the inside of the ears with the Pink Pearl dust using the dusting brush. Dust the Unicorn horn with the Gold Pearl Dust. Set aside.
5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Take the Chocolate wafers that you counted and set aside and place them flat-side down on the cookie sheet about 3" apart from each other.

Dipping the Cake Pops
1. Take the cake pops out of the refridgerator and prepare to start dipping. You want the cake pop to be chilled, but not frozen or too cold - the chocolate will crack if it is too cold.
2. Take the melting wafers in the microwave-safe dish and place them in the microwave. Microwave for 1 minute, stir, if there are still large pieces of unmelted chocolate, microwave for 10-second intervals until the chocolate is smooth.
3. First take a cake pop stick, dip it first into the chocolate and then into the cake pop. I usually do about 5 of these first before I start actually dipping the cake pop - it gives the chocolate a chance to harden and hold the cake pop on the stick better.
4. Dip the cake pop into the melted chocolate being sure to cover the entire surface with chocolate. Quickly but carefully place the cake pop - stick up - onto the un-melted wafers placed on the parchment-lined cookie sheet. This helps to create a base for the cake pop which will help keep them straight and will keep them from falling over.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all cake pops are dipped.
6. Let the cake pops sit until the chocolate has hardened.

Unicorn Cake Pop Recipe DIY Birthday Party

Decorating the Cake Pops into Little Unicorns
1. Using the black edible marker, draw closed eyelids with lashes onto the cake pops. 
2. Using the colored frosting, make the unicorn mane by squeezing small bits of 'star/flower' shaped frosting onto the top of the cake pop, all around the stick. 
3. Stick the horn and ears into the frosting mane, don't push too hard, you only want them to stick into the frosting, not the chocolate shell.
4. Carefully use the pink Pearl Dust to dust small circles on the Unicorn's cheeks as if it is blushing. 
5. Enjoy!

Unicorn Cake Pop Recipe DIY Birthday Party

Unicorn Cake Pop Recipe DIY Birthday Party


  1. I love the color on these! You could have so much fun with the holiday funfetti mixes, like the Valentines one that should be out now. Im definately going to try these for my girls. I think Ill try some dipped in Nerds candy :

  2. Hello these look absolutely fabulous would love to know how exactly did you form the ears and horn Would love to make these for my niece who is also having a unicorn party would love to see a tutorial how to form the ears and the horn thank you again for the beautiful pictures and tutorial


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