Whether for a birthday, for a wedding, or for any other happy occasion, the ceremony is usually accompanied by a cake. However, not just any! Indeed, we all want our cake to be memorable and to mark the guests. For that, what better than a unicorn in sugar paste to decorate our unicorn cake and add that fun and magical side to it?
Indeed, whether it is a unicorn cake, a plain chocolate cake or any other type of cake, decoration is one of the most important steps. Remember, the more beautiful the cake, the more appetizing it becomes and the better it will be eaten. This is why, in addition to the small glitter on the cream, figurines on both sides, a unicorn on your cake will be a real “chef” touch.
So if you are wondering how to do this sugar paste unicorn, You are on the right page. In this detailed and comprehensive tutorial, we will take you step by step through how easily mold a beautiful edible unicorn. As a bonus, we will give you some tips from chefs for a successful preparation and how to preserve it.
Making a sugar paste unicorn: where to start?
When you’ve never used sugar paste to make complex shapes, you often think that making a unicorn will be complicated. As a result, we tend to abandon the idea and opt for simpler and less appetizing figurines. However, this is not always the best idea !
Indeed, the body of our unicorn is divided into three parts: head, thorax and four limbs. In this quick tutorial, each of its parts will be made separately, which will make our preparation even easier.
Once all the parts have been modeled, we just have to assemble them. Indeed, this is the easiest step which will only take a few seconds.
Note : for each step, you do not have to follow our instructions to the letter. Although it would be easier for you to quickly learn how to make your unicorn in sugar paste if you do like us, you have the possibility to adjust certain shapes to make your unicorn even more authentic.
Remember, the unicorn is just a mythological creature! Therefore, we have the right to do what we want. For example, add wings, a colorful mane, a legendary tail, or why not a breathtaking horn? Either way, it’s up to you.
What will we need for our preparation?
Now that you have the basics of the tutorial, here is a list of the materials needed for our preparation. Rest assured, for the most part, you already have what it takes. You just need to prime them and start modeling.
White sugar paste, which will be used to model the main shapes of our unicorn. Here the quantity mainly depends on the size of the unicorn you want to make. For our preparation, a white paste the size of a large walnut will do (about 250 grams).
Modeling tools (outline, bone tool, etc.).
A lilac sugar paste, a sky blue sugar paste, a pink sugar paste blade. These will be used for the colored parts of our unicorn (mane, tail, horn, etc.). Remember, you can add colors or just change the one we offer.
Two edible black marbles, which will serve as eyes.
Food glue, to assemble the parts of our unicorn.
A toothpick, to bind the head and the torso.
Finally, a small brush, to personalize our animal by adding colors.
01 – Modeling of the different parts of our unicorn in sugar paste
Enough chatty, now let’s get down to business. For this first step, we are going to model the different parts of our unicorn in sugar paste. However, before you start, your white sugar paste should be soft and easy to handle. To do this, use your fingers to knead it with a little tylose (optional). The goal here is simply to make the dough very smooth.
How to make the head of our unicorn in sugar paste?
To give shape to our sugar paste unicorn, the head is the main part. She is the one seen first and you must apply a little.
To start, form a round ball with the previously kneaded white dough. Next, lay the ball on a flat surface and use two fingers (preferably your thumb and forefinger) to lightly press to the side. The objective here is to obtain a pear shape.
Once the shape is made, place your little finger (little finger) in the center of the ball; then, press lightly while rolling the ball to perfect our pear shape.
Once done, lightly press the top part down to make it slightly flat. This part of our sugar paste unicorn will represent the face and wear the eyes. Therefore, press very lightly.
If during flattening the pear shape has disappeared, you need to press the sides again so that it comes back.
It’s over for the head, although it isn’t exactly horse head-like, it will surprise you in the end. Just drop it and go to the next step.
Make sugar paste unicorn eyes
For the eyes of our wonderful unicorn, nothing easier! Simply use the cutter to mark the eye sockets on the head.
Small tip, the eyes must be horizontal and be placed at the base limit of the flat part of the head: at the level of small hollows on the side.
Then use the edible black balls to fill our previously created eye sockets. Use your fingers to flatten them slightly and spread them out a bit.
Note : since we are working on the head, let’s take advantage of this little decoration. Form two more small white balls with sugar paste. Then use the edible glue for the place below the eyes. However, for the design to be successful, the gap between the two small white dots must be greater than that of the eyes.
How to make sugar paste unicorn ears?
Unicorn ears are small and easy to make.
To make unicorn ears with sugar paste, form two balls of dough in the shape of a drop of water. Flatten them with your finger; then, press in the center with the bone tool to make the hollows of the ears.
Here, the use of the bone tool is not required! You can simply use any utensil capable of creating a hollow in our « dough drop ».
Once the ears are finished, glue them to the sides of the head with a little edible glue or drinking water.
Now you can see our head starts to take shape. If that’s the case for you, that’s fine. Otherwise, do not hesitate to read the previous steps several times to take the step.
How to make a unicorn horn out of sugar paste?
A hornless unicorn is not a unicorn! To finalize our head, we need a horn worthy of the name.
To do this, use the white sugar paste again; shape it so as to form a sausage of a few centimeters pointed at these two ends. Then, fold it in its center by rolling it on itself.
Use a utility knife to cut off the rounded part at the bottom. Then put the horn above the head between the two ears.
How to make the mane of our unicorn?
Our head is almost finished! Now let’s make a little mane to make our hair sugar paste unicorn. To do this, start by separately mixing our three color pastes (lilac, sky blue, pale pink) with white paste. The goal is to dilute the intensity of our colors to obtain pastes with pastel nuances.
Then, shape three small pointed rods with the different colors obtained. Then, streak each of them with the tip of the “bone” tool or any other alternative object.
Once the decoration is finished, glue three wicks (colored pastes) above the head, just in front of the horn. Then, redo the operation with two more colored rolls to place them on the side. Do not hesitate to make small curves downwards to embellish the thing.
How to make the body of our unicorn out of sugar paste?
Now you can take a sigh of relief! Indeed, you did the hard part. The body of our unicorn made of sugar paste is the easiest part to make. To do this, again form an oval ball with the white sugar paste. Then stick a toothpick in its center. This will be used to fix the head later. Note that the free end of the toothpick should be placed on the oval side of the ball.
How to shape the legs of our horse with hooves?
For a festive cake decorated with a sugar paste unicorn, the legs are essential. For this preparation, start with the upper legs (arms).
Form two small sausages in the shape of a carrot; then, without folding them, place them in front of the torso. Make them straight and the same size. Then use a spatula to make two fingers (front hooves). Do not hesitate to make a small horizontal line above the hooves to make them more natural.
After the front legs, model two other sausages to be glued to the body horizontally with the food glue. So that the unicorn in sugar paste be good form, slightly bend the hind legs to make them rounded at one end (the one that will be glued to the unicorn’s torso).
Make the tail of our unicorn white horse
The last part of our white horse is its tail. Unlike a regular horse, the unicorn is usually depicted with a multi-colored tail. Therefore, ours too will obey this logic.
To make the tail of our unicorn, form many sausages of different colors and sizes. Do not forget to dilute the intensity of the colors with the white paste or then use the bright colors.
Then glue each shape on the back part of our unicorn’s back. To make it appealing, you can also make folds on each shape and narrow it from terminal with your fingers.
Note : as for the mane, you can mix the colors of the tail as you see fit.
02 – Assembly of our unicorn in sugar paste
We have just made all the parts of our unicorn. Now it only remains to assemble them. If you noticed, we only have two blocks left (head and body). Here, the only thing to do is to gently take the head and position it on the toothpick of the body.
Note : be careful that the toothpick does not exceed the limit of our head.
03 – Decorate our unicorn so that it is unique and appetizing
For the decoration, you have the free choice. Just use your small paintbrush and decorate your unicorn however you prefer. For example, use golden powder to make a golden horn. You can also decorate your unicorn’s hooves to look different from the rest of the body.
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Bonus: some tips for successfully modeling your unicorn in sugar paste
It’s over for this tutorial on modeling a sugar paste unicorn for a birthday or wedding cake. To be successful in your preparation, you just need to take the time to properly shape each part of the unicorn. For storage, use a container and place the preparation away from light. A refrigerator would be ideal for contain your unicorn for a few days.