These Magical Unicorn Cupcakes made with White Reese’s Cups and Candy Clay will be the hit of any birthday party. With their rainbow colored manes, gold candy horns, and expressive little eyes, these mythical creatures come to life in the sweetest form.
Does your child love unicorns and rainbows?
I sure did when I was a kid. I thought it was very possible that unicorns existed and was positive that I’d run into one in the forest some day. A kid can dream, right?
Well, I have not ever happened upon a real unicorn, probably because I don’t spend enough time in forests, but I sure had fun making these White Reese’s Cups and candy clay (modeling chocolate) unicorns. As I was designing these colorful treats I couldn’t stop smiling. I even heard myself sigh a few times as I was putting on the finishing touches.
These treats are so ridiculously cute and colorful and would be perfect for a unicorn themed birthday party or any party for that matter. Who wouldn’t love seeing a whole table filled with Magical Unicorn Cupcakes?
Most of the sweets that I create for this blog are shared with neighbors, friends and family. The lucky recipients of these festive cupcakes were my friend’s kids.
They all three bundled up to walk over to my house, braving the cold blustery winter’s day, to get their special treats. It’s always so fun for me to see how the kids react to my cookies, cupcakes and candies. I make all these kid friendly treats and yet only have my husband at home to share them with. He’s never as excited to get a festively decorated treat, so I much prefer to share them with the kids.
Their eyes lit up when they spied these rainbow colored unicorn cupcakes. I could sense their excitement and knew they would want to gobble up their cupcakes as soon as they walked in the door at home. Alas, it was dinnertime so their cute treats had to wait.
As soon as dinner was over two of the kids did indeed gobble up their cupcakes but one only ate the Reese’s Cup Unicorn. As she handed the uneaten cupcake to her mom she said she just wanted to eat the magical part. How adorable is that?
These Reese’s Cup unicorns are magical! Don’t you think?
They are bright and colorful and adorably cute.
To make these treats you will need to use Candy Clay (modeling chocolate). You could use fondant, but why ruin a tasty treat with overly sweet icky tasting fondant when you can use something that looks just like fondant but tastes like chocolate.
If you’ve never used Candy Clay, it’s easy to make using 2 ingredients. You can see the recipe on my Chocolate Making Tips page. I’ve also written the ultimate guide to making and working with candy clay.
The book, Candy Clay Creations, is filled with detailed step-by-step instructions for making homemade candy clay that turns out soft and pliable every time. There are 102 pages filled with tips on making candy clay decorations that will turn ordinary treats into amazing show stopping desserts.
If you’d like more information, check out my Candy Clay Creations page. The book is available in both printed and ebook formats.
To make these Magical Unicorn Cupcakes you will need quite a few tools (affiliate links below). I realize you may not have all these tools or want to purchase them so I’ve included alternatives below.
- White Reese’s Cups
- white, blue, purple, yellow, pink, green, and black candy clay, recipe on my Chocolate Making Tips page
- a clay extruder
- You can find a stainless steel clay extruder in the clay section of a craft store but you’ll want one that is exclusively used for your candy clay. You can hand roll tiny logs of candy clay to make the unicorn’s mane and rainbow, but this inexpensive tool will save you a lot of time. When you buy one, be sure to get a small bottle brush or extra toothbrush to help you clean the candy clay out of the tube of the extruder.
- food use only paint brushes
- Buy any paint brush and keep it in your kitchen to use for food projects only.
- edible pink and gold luster dust
- Be sure you use food grade luster dust.
- silicone mat – Wilton Easy Flex Mat
- Or dust a cutting board with a bit of powdered sugar so the candy clay doesn’t stick.
- fondant rolling pin
- Or use a wood rolling pin dusted with powdered sugar.
- white candy melts
- wood skewer (you’ll use the flat end)
- Or use the back of a paint brush that has a round tip.
- small 3/4 inch tear drop cutter
- or use a knife
- small 1 1/4 inch oval cutter
- or use a knife
- baked white cupcakes –
- I baked mine in Wilton Wave White Cupcake Papers.
- white frosting –
- I used Wilton’s Ready to Use White Icing. If you use homemade frosting be sure it is stiff enough to hold a big swirl. Grocery store variety tubs of frosting are not firm enough to hold the peak.
- Vanilla Whoppers
- These are small white malt balls. If you prefer you can just roll balls of white candy clay to create the unicorn’s hooves.
- White Reese's Cups
- white, pink, purple, blue, yellow, black, and green candy clay
- food grade edible gold and pink luster dust
- melted white Candy Melts
- white cupcakes
- stiff white frosting
- Vanilla Whoppers (small white malt balls)
- Unwrap Reese's Cups.
- Roll out white candy clay and cut out 2 tear drop shaped ears per unicorn.
- Pinch off a small piece of white candy clay and roll into a unicorn horn.
- Lightly score across the horn using the back of a knife.
- Brush gold luster dust over horn.
- Roll out pink candy clay and cut out 1 oval shaped nose for each unicorn.
- Brush the ovals with pink luster dust.
- Make two indentations in the pink oval to create the unicorn's nostrils using the flat end of a wood skewer.
- Attach one pink oval along one edge of a White Reese's Cup using Candy Melts as edible glue.
- Let the candy melts dry for a few minutes.
- Use your finger to smooth out the edge of the oval so that the top edge of the oval slopes down to the edge of the Reese's Cup.
- Brush more pink luster dust over the oval.
- Attach two candy clay ears and the horn opposite the pink nose.
- Roll pink, purple, yellow and blue candy clay into 1/4 thick logs.
- Arrange the four logs into one thick log and squeeze together into a log that will fit into the clay extruder.
- Fit the clay extruder with a multi hole disc.
- Extrude the colorful candy clay through the extruder creating long strands of rainbow colored hair.
- Cut off a 1 1/2 inch long section of the hair.
- Pinch together one end and drape it over the Reese's Cup in between one ear and the horn.
- Press the candy clay hair onto the back edge of the Reese's Cup. It should stick all on it's own, but if it doesn't, brush some candy melts over it to hold it in place.
- Cut off the hair on the front of the Reese's Cup if needed so that the unicorn's mane hangs just below the bottom edge of the horn.
- Repeat adding hair in between the other ear and horn.
- Roll yellow candy clay into a log and insert it into a clay extruder that is fitted with a small single hole plate.
- Extrude a long strand of yellow onto your work surface.
- Do the same creating a long strand of green, blue, and purple candy clay.
- Press the four strands together then cut off 2 inch long sections and form them into rainbows cutting off the excess as needed to make a nice straight bottom edge.
- Brush white candy melts over the rainbow and allow that to dry.
- Turn the rainbows over so that the colorful side is facing up.
- Pipe a big tall swirl of frosting onto each cupcake.
- Snuggle a Reese's Cup Unicorn into the frosting near the top portion of the swirl.
- If needed pipe a bit more frosting behind the unicorn in order to get the Reese's Cup to stay upright.
- Press two Vanilla Whoppers below the unicorn creating two hooves.
- Set a candy clay rainbow in the frosting in between the hooves to make it look like the unicorn is holding the rainbow.
Watch the step-by-step video tutorial for detailed instructions!
VIDEO TUTORIAL for MAGICAL UNICORN CUPCAKES
- You will need approximately 2 grams of white, 2 grams of pink, and 1/4 -1/2 gram of purple, blue, green, and black candy clay per unicorn.
- One recipe of candy clay will be more than enough to decorate 24 Magical Unicorn Cupcakes. Make white candy clay and color it to get all the colors you need.
- You’ll need 1/4- 1/3 cup frosting per cupcake.
- You’ll need about 1 gram of melted candy melts per unicorn.
- I melted about 4 ounces of white candy melts and kept them melted in a Wilton Candy Melting Pot. It worked great so I didn’t have to run to the microwave over and over as I worked.
- If you don’t want to make cupcakes, you can attach a craft stick using melted candy melts to the back of each Reese’s Cup Unicorn to make lollipops instead.
I am in love with using Reese’s Cups to create cute cupcakes.
If you want more ideas for decorating cupcakes using Reese’s Cups be sure to check out these other cute treats.