This fondant unicorn horn tutorial is part of my unicorn birthday cake decorating tutorials. In fact, I have 3 separate tutorials on just that cake, one for the unicorn eyes,one for its mane (which I made using simple sugar flowers) and the last one is off course, this tutorial on its horn.
Fondant Unicorn Horn Tutorial
Frankly speaking, making the horn is a very straight forward technique and does not require any special tools or cutters. And off course this is not the only method of making the horn, but this was how I made it and I am happy to write all about it here.
Fondant Unicorn Horn Tutorial - Here is how I made it
Like I mentioned earlier, there are no special tools required to make this fondant unicorn horn. These were the main supplies I used to make it:
Fondant & CMC powder - I used Satin Ice fondant in Ivory and mixed some CMC powder into it. Tylose powder will work equally good as an alternatively to CMC powder. I used about 3/4 tsp CMC powder for this horn.
Wooden stick - This is a food grade stick and I used this stick to support the horn as well as to attach it to the cake.
Edible gold paint & lemon extract - Since I wanted the unicorn horn to be gold in color, I painted it with a mixture of edible gold paint and lemon extract.
Paint brush - Again, this was a food grade brush and I used it to paint the gold dust onto the horn.
And this was how I made the horn:
Firstly, I mixed CMC powder into my fondant and kneaded it well. I then divided the fondant into 2 and shaped them into sausages, with one point narrower than the other.
I then put the two rolls together and twisted them with both hands as shown below:
I twisted the rolls and then rolled them such that one end forms a sharp point and the other end remains wide and flat.
Since I rolled the pointed end more than the other end, the twisted lines were faded and to enhance the lines, I used my needle tool to mark the lines so that they become a bit more obvious.
And this was how the horn looked like after all the rolling and shaping were done.
Next, was inserting the stick into the horn for support. The stick I used was long enough to not only fit the horn but also to be inserted into the cake.
I applied fondant glue to the stick and carefully inserted it into the fondant horn.
The next step for the fondant horn is painting. For this purpose, I poked the horn in an upright position on a styrofoam as I would do on a cake. Since the stick was longer than the height of the styrofoam, I used a long glass to support the styrofoam. I did not want to cut the stick any shorter as a longer stick provides better stability for the horn compared to a shorter one, especially for tall fondant toppers.
For the gold paint, I used edible gold luster dust and mixed it with some lemon extract to form a thick mixture.
For the painting, I used a wide tipped brush so that I could cover a larger area within a shorter period of time. I applied two coats of the gold paint on the horn.
And this was how the completed fondant unicorn horn looked like. I left it in this position for it to set before placing it on the cake.
And this was how the horn looked like when put on my unicorn birthday.
Want to see how I made and assembled the cake with the eyes, mane and the upright standing font? Click here or the image below for a full tutorial on how I made the cake.
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