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Unicorn Cupcakes Recipe

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How to make unicorn cupcakes (surprise inside!)

Oh, what fun, what little girl or little boy for that matter doesn’t love cupcakes?! Better yet how about some unicorn cupcakes with a tasty surprise inside of them!  These are so easy to make and are always a hit at parties.

Bake as shown or use my French Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe as a base for these yummy treats.

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Check out how fun and easier than you think it is to make these yummy unicorn cupcakes with a surprise inside of them!

Yield: 12

Unicorn Cupcakes with a Surprise in them

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These unicorn cupcakes are perfect for a unicorn birthday party or just a colorful celebration for any reason!

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 18 minutes


  • 1 box of Yellow Cake Mix

1 box of Yellow Cake Mix

  • 3 Eggs

3 Eggs

  • 1/2 a cup of Oil

1/2 a cup of Oil

  • 1 cup of Water

1 cup of Water

  • Assortment of Sprinkles ( I used Pink, Purple, and Unicorn Sprinkles)

Assortment of Sprinkles ( I used Pink, Purple, and Unicorn Sprinkles)

  • 1 container of Purple Icing 

1 container of Purple Icing 

  • 1 container of Pink Icing

1 container of Pink Icing

  • Cupcake Liners


  1. Start by mixing your cake mix, eggs, oil, and water in a large mixing bowl. Mix until smooth.

  2. Line a cupcake pan with liners, and fill each liner 3/4 of the way full.

  3. Bake according to box instructions.

  4. Let cupcakes cool completely, now for the fun part.

  5. Cut the center out of each cupcake, and place aside. I use a spoon and scoop out the middle, about half way down.

  6. Press down on the hole lightly with your finger to clean it up.

  7. Fill the center 3/4 of the way full with sprinkles of your choice.

  8. Place the top back on and gently press it down. 

  9. Now when icing the cupcakes it is best to use an icing kit. Fill one side of your piping bag with purple icing, and one side with pink icing.

  10. Ice your cupcakes as normal, whatever technique you choose.

  11. Serve and enjoy! 

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Step by Step Photo Tutorial

Below you will find our step by step photo tutorial for how to make these adorable cupcakes for your kids.  Make sure to print the recipe and have it on hand as you follow this guide. 

Step one

Once the cupcakes have cooled, you will use a spoon to scoop out a small amount of the cupcake on top as shown below. 

unicorn cupcakesStep 2

Fill the cavity you created with some sprinkles and small candy pieces.

unicorn cupcakesStep 3

Now, you will top that opening with the piece you removed earlier. 

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Step 4

Now you will top the unicorn cupcakes with icing in a design of your choice. 

We hope you and the kiddos enjoy these fun and yummy unicorn cupcakes with a surprise inside!We hope you and the kiddos enjoy these fun and yummy unicorn cupcakes with a surprise inside!unicorn cupcakes

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By on October 29th, 2018

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I’m Michelle aka Powered by Mom. I’m married with one daughter, my hubby was my high school sweetheart, our two dogs Nyx and Cleo and our cat Oliver. As you can see we’re a family of animal lovers. We love to travel when we can, try different food and activities all over the world and enjoy being together. My passions are writing, travelling, creating new recipes, encouraging people to adopt not shop and just to enjoy life while we can.

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30 thoughts on “Unicorn Cupcakes Recipe”

  1. These are such adorable cupcakes! I love the idea of a sprinkle filling. So unique! My granddaughters would adore these!

  2. I love these! My daughters love all things unicorn too. It’s so in right now, and we love making unicorn stuff. These will be fun to make with them.

  3. These are adorable cupcakes, my girls would definitely love them! I will have to make them for them as an end of the school year celebration! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

  4. This is such a clever idea to fill these cupcakes with “unicorn magic.” My daughters would love this. I love the beautiful purple color in the frosting. YUM!

  5. my daughter’s 5th birthday is in january and the theme is unicorns. I am so doing this ! I love this cupcake idea so CUTE glad i saw this before her birthday !!!

  6. This is exactly the recipe I was looking to make for my granddaughter’s birthday!
    I pinned it already. She said that she wanted cupcakes and not a birthday cake for her party. But these will be special cupcakes with a surprise inside. If they are a hit, I will be making them for Thanksgiving. Thank you again!!


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