How to Model a Cute Unicorn


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Unicorns will always be popular for birthday cakes, who can resist their cute and colourful magic? Not us. We will be making this tutorial in pastels and primary shades for years to come.

Unicorns will always be popular for birthday cakes, who can resist their cute and colourful magic? Not us. We will be making this tutorial in pastels and primary shades for years to come.

You will need:

Edibles:

Equipment:

  • icing sugar for rolling out
  • iced cake and cakeboard
  • water for sticking sugarpaste
  • 125g (4oz) white sugarpaste
  • 75g (2 1/2oz) yellow sugarpaste
  • a tiny bit of black sugarpaste
  • 60g (2oz) pale blue sugarpaste
  • 60g (2oz) pale green sugarpaste
  • 75g (2 1/2oz) pink sugarpaste
  • paintbrush
  • bone tool (optional)
  • small sharp non-serrated knife
  • cake smoother(PME)
  • small rolling pin
  • plunge blossom cutterpaste

1

Shape approximately 60g (2oz) white sugarpaste into a carrot shape and stick on top of the cake. Divide 15g (1/2oz) white sugarpaste in half and make two sausage shapes for the legs. Bend both legs at the knee and press on the hoof end to make it flare out slightly. Attach the legs at the front of the body.

2

Make the back leg by rolling 15g (1/2oz) white sugarpaste into a sausage shape. Then squash one end to create a tennis racquet shape. Roll the fat round end towards the thin end and stick against the side of the unicorn.

3

Stick a 5g (1/8oz) sugarpaste oval neck onto the body. To make the head, roll 30g (1oz) white sugarpaste into a cone. Squeeze a ‘waist’ just above the thin end to create a nose. Poke two nostrils into the nose with the end of a paintbrush. Using a bone tool or the end of a paintbrush, poke two oval hollows for the eyes and a round one for the horn. Take a small piece of yellow sugarpaste and twist it to create a horn. Place the horn to one side to harden.

4

Stick two tiny black ovals into the eye sockets and decorate each with a tiny blue and black disk. Add a tiny white sugarpaste dot for a highlight.

5

Using the tip of your knife, make three tiny cuts either side of the eye for the eyelashes. Make two tiny white triangles for the ears. Stick a smaller pink triangle onto each ear and stick the two ears on top of the head. Stick the horn in place on the forehead.

6

Roll 15g (1/2oz) yellow sugarpaste into a thin string about 30cm (12in) long. Roll a cake smoother over the string. This will help you achieve a uniform thickness. Stick the yellow string over the unicorn’s neck and down the front of the cake and onto the board.

7

Make a second yellow string for the tail and stick into the rear of the unicorn.

8

Repeat step 7 with two blue strings, two pink strings and two green strings.

9

Make eight tiny strands for the unicorn’s fringe and stick onto the head.

10

Make two tiny pink triangles and a ball to create a tiny bow and stick onto the fringe. Make a second bow and stick onto the tail.

11

Roll out 30g (1oz) pink, yellow and blue sugarpaste. Cut out small flowers using the blossom cutter and stick around the base of the cake.

12

Stick small clusters of three or four flowers on the top of the cake. Stick tiny contrasting sugarpaste dots into the centre of each flower and add tiny green ovals for leaves.

Top Tip

  • Unicorns love glitter so add a little sparkle to this tutorial with edible glitter, fondant glitter stars instead of flowers and add edible metallic paint to highlight the coloured mane and tail.

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