Have you been wondering how to make those adorable unicorn cakes with the swirls of colorful buttercream? Halloween is almost here, so I thought it would be fun to create this Halloween Caticorn Cake Tutorial! The Caticorn is a thing, y’all!
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Can I just tell you all that I’ve been DYING to make one of these beautiful unicorn cakes with the pretty swirly flowers all around the horn? What better time than Halloween to create this Halloween Caticorn Cake Tutorial?!
Did you know that the caticorn is a thing? Well, my caticorn is a witch for Halloween. Have you seen anything more fun? I think NOT. ☺
I knew that I wanted my caticorn to be orange in honor of my orange cat, Sammy. He’s just the MOST handsome. But is a caticorn a cat or a unicorn? It’s both, actually. Mine is a cat/unicorn/witch for Halloween!
So let’s get down to how I made this fun cake! First, you’re going to need some cake and buttercream. Obvi!
To make this cake, you will need:
Two 8-inch round cake layers
10 cups of buttercream frosting (not the store-bought in a can)
Wilton gel colors in orange, violet, pink and black
1 lb of Fondant (you can buy fondant that is already colored, or color it with gel colors)
Small icing spatula
10-inch cake circle
Disposable piping bags
Piping tip #’s 32, 233, 1M
Large leaf cutter
Medium-sized heart cutter
Small sharp knife
1 dowel rod
Small rolling pin
Round circle cutter (3-inch diameter)
Let’s start out by making the horn. Using black fondant, roll out a long, tapered log. My horn was 5 inches long, not including the dowel. Wrap the fondant around a moistened dowel rod.
Using a paint brush and a small amount of water, secure the fondant so it doesn’t come apart. Next, using a wire cutter, trim down your dowel rod. Let the horn dry for several hours or overnight.
To make the bottom of the witch’s hat, roll out a piece of black fondant. Using a 3-inch in diameter round cutter, make the circle of the hat. Using your fingers, turn up parts of the circle to make it look realistic. Let dry for several hours.
Tint 4 cups of buttercream with violet gel color and 6 cups of buttercream with orange gel color until you have the shades you want.
Start by taking off the round dome on each layer with a cake leveler. Spread some buttercream on your cake circle so your cake doesn’t slide around.
Place your first cake layer onto the cake circle. Frost the top of your cake layer with a generous amount of purple buttercream.
Place your second cake layer on top of the bottom layer. Using a cake spatula, smooth the excess frosting around the cake.
Refrigerate your cake for an hour or place in the freezer for about 20 minutes. You want the icing to set so that there is a seal around the cake so the frosting doesn’t blow out after it’s decorated.
After your frosting is set, apply a crumb coat of frosting using the orange buttercream. You want that frosting on the cake so that the fur you’re piping on next has something to stick to.
Fit a piping bag with a #233 tip and get ready to pipe the fur.
Starting at the bottom of the cake, start piping the fur. I placed my cake on a turntable to make it easier to turn the cake as I decorated.
I did layers from the bottom up. To make the fur, hold the tip almost touching the cake. Start squeezing, and as you do, pull out to form the fur. As you go, you will get the feel of how to make the fur and it will become easy.
After the sides of the cake are frosted, move onto the top until finished.
It took me about 30 minutes to cover the cake with fur. Turn on your favorite show or music you like to listen to and it goes by quick! 😁
To make the ears of the cat, roll out some pink fondant. Using a large leaf cutter, cut two ears. Using your fingers, pinch the bottoms with your fingers.
Place the bottom of the witch’s hat onto the cake with a small amount of buttercream. This will help guide you to where you want your ears to be placed. Place your ears onto the cake by pushing them carefully into the frosting.
Using your piping bag fitted with tip#233, pipe fur onto the ears. Make sure to leave a triangle of pink unfrosted for the inside of the ears to show.
Make the muzzle of the cat next by rolling out some orange fondant. I used a medium-sized heart cutter to make mine. Trim the fondant so you only have part of the heart as I have done here.
With your fingers, smooth out the corners like I have done here. This will make the muzzle.
Roll out a small amount of pink fondant for the nose. Using a paintbrush, add a small amount of water to the muzzle to stick the nose on.
Using a veining tool, mark the muzzle with a line from the nose down.
Spread some orange buttercream onto the back of the muzzle and press onto the cake.
To make the cat’s mouth, roll a small amount of orange and pink fondant into two tear drops. Make the orange tear drop bigger than the pink tear drop as I have done here.
Add a small amount of water using a paintbrush to stick the little tongue onto the mouth. Attach the mouth to the bottom of the muzzle with a small amount of buttercream.
Roll out a small amount of black fondant for the eyes and eyelashes. Using a paintbrush and a small amount of water, attach the eyelashes to the eyes. Attach the eyes to the cake with a small amount of buttercream.
To make the whiskers for the cat, cut six toothpicks in half using a wire cutter or scissors. Stick three toothpicks on each side of the muzzle.
Fit a piping bag with tip #32 and fill with orange buttercream. Fit another piping bag with tip #1M and fill with purple buttercream. Pipe rosette swirls with purple buttercream around the ears and bottom of hat.
I do not recommend adding rosettes to the sides of the cake because it will be too heavy will all of the fur already piped onto the cake. Trust me, I learned that lesson the hard way. Mainly stick to the top of the cake with the rosettes.
Pipe some orange flowers onto the purple rosettes anywhere you think it looks pretty. I had so much fun with this part!
Make the band for the hat using some purple fondant. Roll out fondant and cut your band with a sharp knife.
Finally, stick the horn into the middle of the hat. Using a small amount of water on a paintbrush, attach the band to the hat. Pipe a small tip #32 flower onto the middle of the band.
Now add some Halloween sprinkles and fall deeply in love with your masterpiece! You deserve it.
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