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"Never Let a Unicorn Scribble" Book & Sprinkle Cupcake Recipe

I wish to inspire readers, teachers, and book clubs to bake along with their reading and promote discussion about the books we've enjoyed.

Read "Never Let a Unicorn Scribble" with your kids and bake cupcakes together!

Read "Never Let a Unicorn Scribble" with your kids and bake cupcakes together!

Book Synopsis

A little girl is told to never let her unicorn scribble. But then she decides to give her unicorn a crayon. And then to try to teach her to color. And then something magical happens. Never Let a Unicorn Scribble is a funny story for all children who love art, colors, or unicorns.

Age range: Perfect for ages 4–6 years

Storytime coupled with a fun baking project!

Storytime coupled with a fun baking project!

Discussion Questions

  1. What goes wrong if you give a unicorn one crayon?
  2. What colors did the girl use and which crayon was her favorite?
  3. What’s your favorite color crayon?
  4. What do we do with crayons? What do we not do?
  5. To what did the girl tie some crayons and then what happened?
  6. What is a masterpiece?
Vanilla rainbow sprinkle cupcakes with purple vanilla frosting

Vanilla rainbow sprinkle cupcakes with purple vanilla frosting


For the cupcakes:

  • 1/2 stick / 4 ounces / 1/4 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups / 205 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles (jimmies)

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup / 4 ounces / 1 stick salted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 tbsp whole milk or heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4-6 drops purple or pink or your favorite bright food coloring
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles (jimmies), for topping (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. In a stand mixer on medium speed with the paddle attachment, beat one soft stick of butter with the sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Slowly add the sour cream and milk; whip for 2 minutes.
  4. On the lowest speed, slowly add one-third of the dry ingredients to the bowl, followed by the vanilla extract. Add another one-third of the dry ingredients. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add in the last of the dry ingredients, and increase the speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes. Then add the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated, followed by the sprinkles. Mix only until they look evenly dissolved.
  5. Line a cupcake pan with fun, colorful paper liners. Fill each cupcake liner about two-thirds full with batter. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean or with crumbs, not raw batter. Allow the individual cupcakes to cool completely (preferably 15 minutes) on a wire rack or cutting board before frosting.
  6. For the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip one stick of softened butter on medium-high speed for 1 minute. Then drop the speed to low and add one cup of powdered sugar, followed by half of the milk or cream, and the vanilla extract. Carefully add the remaining powdered sugar and the rest of the milk. When there is no loose powder left, increase the speed to medium-high for 1 minute.
  7. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes. I used an XL star tip for piping rosettes, then a medium round tip for creating the horns, and coated the outer edges in more rainbow jimmies (sprinkles). Makes 12-14 cupcakes.

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  • Other books by Diane Alber about unicorns: Never Let a Unicorn Wear a Tutu, Never Let a Unicorn Crash a Party, Never Let a Princess Paint with Her Unicorn, Never Let a Unicorn Get Spots, Never Let a Unicorn Meet a Reindeer
  • Other books by Diane Alber (not about unicorns): Never Let a Dinosaur Scribble, Scribble Stones, A Little Spot of Giving, A Little Thanksgiving Spot, A Little Spot of Christmas, A Little Spot of Belonging, A Little Spot of Feeling, Snippets, Sticks, and more.
  • More books about unicorns (by other authors): I Turned My Mom into a Unicorn, My Camel Wants to Be a Unicorn, How the Unicorn Was Born, Fancy Nancy and the Quest for the Unicorn, The Worst Unicorn Book in the Whole Entire World, Uni the Unicorn in the Real World, What is happiness? A fairy tale for kids about a princess, unicorn, dragon and happiness!

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