Heart Eye Emoji Cake

Inspiration for this cake came from watching a tv show on Netflix called Nailed It! It’s a baking show where they try and create amazing bakes which end up as cake fails.

I totally love the show and have been watching it in my chill time between exam revision. This cake was from like the 3rd episode of season 1 where they had to replicate emoji cakes.


After watching the episode I knew immediately that I had to try it because I thought I could happily recreate it and I have a lot of fondant.

I decided that out of all the emoji faces that there are I wanted to do the heart eye emoji as I like that emoji.


I decided to do coloured sponges because I have food colouring but don’t use it much and wanted the cake to look amazing when it was cut into.

I have to say when I made this cake I did not realise it was pride month but I’m glad I did the rainbow sponges because it is pride month and you can’t beat a rainbow.

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I was so pleased with how the cakes turned our as they are so bright in colour which was concern because when I have used colour in the past in my sponges it hasn’t always come out bright once it is baked.

I coloured my fondant yellow but had some black and red fondant already. If you prefer you can buy coloured fondant. I love working with fondant as I find it some much more easier to decorate with it and its good  for hiding all the bits that went wrong.


I was so excited when my brother cut into this cake and I got to see how it looked in the middle. I was so happy with how it turned out.

You can do whatever emoji you like just have fun with it because at the end of the day baking is meant to be fun and not stressful.

Emoji Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Baking, Cakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 slices



  • 150 g Caster Sugar
  • 150 g Butter
  • 3 Eggs
  • 150 g Self-Raising Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Orange Extract
  • Orange Food Colouring
  • Blue Food Colouring
  • Green Food Colouring
  • Pink Food Colouring
  • Purple Food Colouring


  • 150 g Unsalted Butter
  • 300 g Icing Sugar
  • 1 tsp Orange Extract
  • 3 tbsp Double Cream


  • Yellow Fondant
  • Red Fondant
  • Black Fondant



  • Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees/gas mark 3. Line 5 x 6 inch cake tins with baking parchment.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy then add the orange extract until fully incorporated.
  • Add each egg until fully combined then add the flour until fully incorporated. Split the mixture into 5 bowls.
  • Add a colour to each bowl of mixture and mix until the mixture is fully coloured. Add each mixture to each tin.
  • Bake the cakes for 15 - 20 minutes in the oven and once cooked leave to fully cool.


  • Cream the butter until it is pale in colour then add the orange extract.
  • Gradually add the icing sugar until fully incorporated then add the double cream until incorporated.


  • Dust the surface with cornflour and roll out the red fondant and cut out your two love heart eyes. Then roll out the black fondant and create your mouth.
  • Add a little bit of buttercream to the cake board then add your first sponge and top with a layer of buttercream and repeat process until all cakes are stacked.
  • Do a crumb coat around the cake and scrap any excess buttercream off to ensure a flat surface.
  • Dust the surface again and roll out your yellow fondant then flip the fondant on to the cake. Using a fondant smoother, smooth the fondant down and around the cake to ensure it is fully covered.
  • Once the cake is fully covered, using a little bit of water stick the heart eyes and mouth to the top of the cake.

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