These Magical Unicorn Donuts will be a huge hit for your themed birthday party. It’s a fun recipe that will bring moments of joy to everyone who enjoys them!
These Unicorn Donuts are combining two of the latest trends right now: unicorns + donuts.
Our delicious donuts recipe is baked. Getting bakery style donuts is so easy thanks to a donut pan! For your unicorn themed party, donuts are a great alternative to the traditional unicorn cake or cupcakes. Or you could choose to make a super cool unicorn dessert table and include all 3!
The batter for our unicorn donuts is pretty straight forward. But, when it comes to that bright rainbow color, that is where your creativity comes in!
The unicorn theme is perfect for birthday parties for kids and adults or special occasions like baby showers, graduations and more. And of course, there’s always that time when unicorn food fits “just because”.
The fun part about making these donuts is the frosted tops. Why? Because this is where you can really make them stand out! Add fun unicorn sprinkles in an assortment of bright colors or use edible glitters!
My kids love when I make these donuts because I really let them take the lead with the color selection and decorating.
How to Make Unicorn Donuts
- 2 silicon mats or standard donut pans
- large mixing bowl
- 3 small bowls
- Shopping List:
- room temperature unsalted butter
- vegetable oil
- granulated sugar
- brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- baking powder & baking soda
- ground nutmeg
- vanilla extract
- All-Purpose Flour (I suggest you read my baking basics guide to properly learn how to scoop & level your flour)
- Powdered Sugar
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
Lightly grease two silicon mats or standard donut pans with non stick baking spray or cake release.
In your large bowl, Using a hand mixer make your cake mix, beat together the butter, vegetable oil, and sugars until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating to combine.
Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt.
Add the flour into the batter, alternately with the milk, making sure everything is thoroughly combined.
The batter will be thick. At this point, you can stop and let them be a regular donut. But coloring them is more fun, no?
Pour batter into each separate bowl to make your colored batter. We did hot pink, neon green and teal. But you could use purple food coloring, blue food coloring, etc. Using separate spoons for each color, mix your wet ingredients until the color is fully incorporated.
Using a piping bag, pipe batter or spoon into the lightly greased doughnut pans, filling the wells to about 1/4″ shy of the rim.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Remove your cute little donuts from the oven, and wait 5 to 7 minutes before turning them out of the pans onto a cooling rack.
How to Ice Your Unicorn Donuts
The icing is a simple glaze. Mix together 1 cup powdered sugar with 3-4 tbsp water or milk depending on how loose or thick you would like your icing. You can add a hint of citrus flavor if you’d like by substituting with orange juice.
In smaller bowls, make colored icings with the white glaze the same way we did with your batter. Dip the top of the donuts into the glaze or drizzle the donut tops with the glaze.
Tip: Put a piece of foil or wax paper under your wire rack to catch any drippings. Add your sprinkles and decorations like unicorn horns or use black icing and a small piping bag to make closed eyes or smiling donuts on your little unicorns before your glaze dries.
Can I Make Mini Unicorn Rainbow Donuts?
Yes! Instead of the regular sized donut pan, use a mini donut pan. You may need to adjust your cooking time to make mini donuts.
What’s the difference between baked and fried donuts?
Baked donuts are much softer than fried donuts. They don’t have that crispy outer layer that forms when frying. Baked donuts are also lighter and have more of the same texture as a slice of cake.
Do you think you will make these magic bakery unicorn donuts in the near future?
More Unicorn Party Ideas:
- 4 tablespoons room temperature unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg,
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/3 cups All-Purpose Flour, scooped and leveled
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup powdered sugar plus 3-4 tbsp water or milk
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease two silicon mats or standard donut pans.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the butter, vegetable oil, and sugars until smooth.
- Add the eggs and vanilla, beating to combine.
- Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt.
- Add the flour into the batter, alternately with the milk, making sure everything is thoroughly combined. The batter will be thick.
- Divide the batter into 3 seperate bowls to add food coloring. Stir to combine.
- Pipe or Spoon the batter into the lightly greased doughnut pans, filling the wells to about 1/4" shy of the rim.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven, and wait 5 to 7 minutes before turning them out of the pans onto a rack.
- In a medium bowl, make the glaze with the milk and powdered sugar.
- Separate into bowls to add food coloring. Combine well.
- Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze or drizzle over the donuts.
- Add sprinkles.