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Unicorn Cupcakes


Makes 18 cupcakes


Add a little “magic” to your day with Unicorn Cupcakes! MCCORMICK Nature’s Inspiration Food Colors are an easy way to create beautifully hued frostings without any artificial dyes. Try different colors and MCCORMICK extract flavor combos to find your favorite. Top with sprinkles for an extra-special finishing touch…great for kids and kids-at-heart.



1 package (2-layer size) white cake mix

2 teaspoons MCCORMICK All Natural Pure Vanilla Extract



2 cups (4 sticks) butter, softened

4 teaspoons MCCORMICK All Natural Pure Vanilla Extract 

2 boxes (16 ounces each) confectioners’ sugar

1/4 cup milk

3/4 teaspoon Sky Blue color from MCCORMICK Natures’s Inspiration Food Colors, divided

2 teaspoons MCCORMICK Raspberry Extract With Other Natural Flavors

1/2 teaspoon Berry from MCCORMICK Nature’s Inspiration Food Colors, divided

1/4 teaspoon MCCORMICK Pure Lemon Extract

1/4 teaspoon MCCORMICK Pure Lime Extract



1.For the Cupcakes, prepare cake mix as directed on package, adding vanilla. Spoon into 18 paper-lined muffin cups.

2.Bake as directed on package for cupcakes. Cool cupcakes on wire rack.

3.For the Unicorn Twist Frosting, beat butter and vanilla in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating well after each addition and scraping sides and bottom of bowl frequently. Add milk; beat until light and fluffy. (If frosting is too thick to spread, gradually beat in additional milk.)

4.Divide frosting evenly into 4 bowls.


FOR A BLUE UNICORN FROSTING: Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of the Sky Blue color and 2 teaspoons Raspberry Extract into 1 bowl.


FOR A PURPLE UNICORN FROSTING: Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon Sky Blue color, 1/4 teaspoon of the Berry color, and 1/4 teaspoon Lemon Extract into second bowl.


FOR A PINK UNICORN FROSTING: Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon Berry color and 1/4 teaspoon Lime Extract into third bowl.


FOR A WHITE UNICORN FROSTING: Leave fourth bowl untinted.


Fit a pastry bag with a large star tip. Fill bag with the 4 colors of frosting, placing them side by side in bag. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.

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