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The unicorn cake hack you didn't know you needed

Karen Miner is the Food & Home Editor for SheKnows. She is a freelance writer, recipe developer and is also the cook, author and photographer behind the food blog, Tasty Trials, a collection of original recipes and stories. She and her h...

How to turn two ordinary cakes into the unicorn dessert of your dreams

Hack your way to the unicorn of all cakes with this magical tutorial. All you need are two standard cakes, a little ingenuity and a lot of frosting. But frosting is the best part, isn't it?

How to make a unicorn cake


  • 1 (9-inch) round cake
  • 1 (9 x 9-inch) square cake
  • White frosting — lots of frosting
  • Rainbow-colored candies
  • Tube of frosting — black and rainbow colors


  1. Remove the cakes from the pans.
  2. Level the cakes with a serrated knife.
  3. Take the round cake, and cut a 2-inch strip. The large piece left over will be the head.
  4. Trim a 1-inch piece of the circle cake, creating a square edge where you already cut the cake.
  5. Take the square cake, and cut a 4-inch strip.
  6. Take the 4-inch piece of cake, and cut it in half to have 2 (4 x 4.5-inch) pieces.
  7. Trim the corners of 1 side of the 4 x 4.5-inch piece to create the snout.
  8. Using the edge of the round pan, cut a rounded edge 2/3 of the way down on the 5 x 9-inch piece of cake to create the neck.
  9. Cut the unicorn horn out of the remaining square cake piece.
  10. Use frosting to start gluing together the pieces of cake.
  11. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  12. Frost again.
  13. Decorate.

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