Unicorn Doughnuts

Unicorn doughnuts

The Spruce / Pete Scherer

  • Total: 42 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Servings: 12 servings
  • Yields: 12 doughnuts

Tender and lightly sweet with an old-fashioned flavor of nutmeg and buttermilk, these simple doughnuts transform into fantastical unicorn treats with colorful glazes and magical sprinkles. Kids and grown-ups will alike will gaze in starry-eyed wonder when these little beauties show up at your next party.

If you’re new to the unicorn craze that has been sweeping the globe, these doughnuts are a great place to start. Not only are they a tasty alternative to cake or cupcakes, they’re also easy to make and fun to decorate. All you need is a doughnut pan, a piping bag, decorations, and your own inner unicorn imagination.

These doughnuts are the essence of what fun food is all about. Rather than spell out the particulars, this recipe encourages you to get into the creative spirit. Do a unicorn food image search, find colors and designs that inspire you, and take it from there. It’s amazing to see the huge variety of decorative sprinkles, food colorings, and edible glitters available for stocking your artistic pantry. There’s no right or wrong way to do it. As long as everyone is having fun, you can’t go wrong.


  • For the Doughnut Batter:
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Glaze and Decoration:
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Food coloring
  • Sprinkles
  • 4 ounces white chocolate melting wafers

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. To make the doughnuts, preheat oven to 375 F. Grease and lightly flour a large doughnut pan or 2 small doughnut pans for a total of 12 doughnuts.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the cake flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt.

  4. In a separate bowl whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla until well combined.

  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined.

  6. Fill a piping bag with the batter and pipe the batter into the doughnut pan. Bake until golden brown and fragrant, about 12 minutes.

  7. Remove from the oven. Cool doughnuts in the pan for five minutes then invert onto a cooling rack. Cool fully before glazing and decorating.

  8. To make the glaze combine the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.

  9. Divide the glaze into multiple bowls. Add different food coloring to each bowl and mix well. Dip the top half of each doughnut in the icing, allow the excess to drip off, then return to the rack, icing side up. Top with sprinkles.

  10. Melt the white chocolate wafers according to the instructions on the bag. Using a fork or chopstick, drizzle or flick the melted chocolate across the doughnuts. Serve immediately.