Unicorn Poop Layer Cake is sparkly, colorful, and sweet. Exactly what you’d expect from unicorn poop!
Oh, you guys. Look at what we’ve got going on here.
I mean…I am not perfect by any means, but we all know that I’m never one to ignore a holiday as important as National Unicorn Day. So here we are, with a hastily assembled Unicorn Poop Cake because, obviously.
Last week I was on a cruise and I kind of didn’t want to come home. The weather was gorgeous, the wine was flowing, and bless it all but you don’t get better people-watching than on a cruise. All you have to do is post up near the buffet with your Kindle and a running bar tab and you have an afternoon you won’t soon forget. It’s honestly that simple.
One of my favorite things to make note of are drunk girlfriend duos (never underestimate the drinking capacity of two forty-somethings away from their husbands and kids) and super pissed off parents. Not that I haven’t been there, hissing in my child’s ear that I didn’t pay thousands of dollars on a vacation for him to pout over a glow stick souvenir. But I’m ashamed to say that I become kind of superior when I travel without my children. I sit from my perch, wondering what animals the parents must be to have raised such savages.
And then I remember that my preschool daughter actually got naked in front of the neighbor boy the other day and I slowly float back to reality.
So here I am now, back at home with no cruise ship magic. No fighting families, no women stumbling around in stilettos, and no free ice cream cones. Also, ice cream has a lot of calories and my clothes don’t fit lately, so that’s a bad idea anyhow.
Thankfully, National Unicorn Day came along and I was like “YES!! TIME TO MAKE SOME MAGIC!!”
This cake is actually deceptively simple. I’ve seen a unicorn poop cupcake on Facebook and have been thinking of trying a layer cake version for some time. And I’m so glad that I did! This is such a cute cake and honestly perfect for ALL ages and occasions.
Unicorn poop Easter cake? Why not? You’re the boss of your own life.
You don’t need a ton of special materials to make this cake — mostly just sprinkles, edible glitter, food coloring, and a butt-ton of frosting. I tripled my normal recipe to allow for dividing up and coloring, as well as piping the grass and Unicorn poop. Don’t be frightened by the amount of butter you’ll need — massive quantities of butter never hurt anyone, after all.
Uh, back to the cake. Be prepared to have giant arm muscles when you’re finished stirring up all the frosting colors. I am basically challenging everyone in my household to arm wrestling matches and WINNING since making this cake. Never mind the fact that two people are children and one is my husband who I informed that I would be sleeping in an adult onesie unless he let me win. So, whatever.
And here we have it. A unicorn poop cake to beat all unicorn poop cakes.
What else do you really need in life?
(materials linked below — no affiliate links)
- 3 (8 inch round) cakes, baked and chilled
- 6 sticks salted butter, softened
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 Tablespoons vanilla
- 12 cups powdered sugar (3 lbs)
- Assorted sprinkles
- Edible Glitter
- Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple food coloring
- In the large bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter on medium speed until soft and smooth. Add cream, and vanilla and beat medium-low until smooth and well-combined. Slowly add powdered sugar. Once powdered sugar is barely mixed in, increase speed to high and beat for 3 minutes.
- Use 1/3 of your frosting to assemble cake, using most of the frosting for filling the layers and a small amount as a thin "crumb coat" on the outside. Place cake in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare your colors.
- Divide frosting into SIX portions, placing TWO portions in one bowl and each of the remaining FOUR portions in individual bowls. The double portion will be green -- color the rest with the remaining colors, folding with a spoon until no streaks remain.
- Using an off-set spatula or even a spoon, randomly dallop the colors over the top and surface of your frosted cake. Once you've got the cake mostly covered, use a spatula or flat icing smoother to go over the surface of the cake, smoothing and blending the colors. Do this as lightly as possible -- the more times you go over the cake, the more you'll blend the colors and they won't stand out.
- Once cake is frosted, sprinkle generously with glitter.
- Using a piping bag with a large piece of the tip cut off (you should have a hole roughly the size of a nickel), fill with one dollop of each frosting color, adding the colors next to each other instead of on top of one another, so they will come out blended. Place remaining green frosting in a piping bag fitted with a grass tip.
- Use the piping bag with assorted colors in it to pipe a swirl on the center of your layer cake. Sprinkle generously with glitter, then pipe grass surrounding it. Pipe grass around the bottom perimeter of the cake, then sprinkle with assorted sprinkles.
I hope this cake made you smile! Happy Unicorn Day!