How to Make Insta-Worthy Emoji Cupcakes

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No matter their favorite emoji, kids will be all smiles for these silly cupcakes! So put down your phone, pick up your baking tools, and get ready to express all those sweet emotions with a batch of fun treats.

Materials needed:

  • Prepared cupcakes
  • Yellow icing
  • Small spatula
  • Yellow, black, white, pink, red and light blue fondant
  • Fondant rolling pin with 1/8" and 1/16" guide rings
  • Round decorating tips (Nos. 7 and 12)
  • 1¼" and 2½" circle cutters
  • Small oval cutter
  • Small teardrop cutter
  • Small heart cutter
  • Knife tool
  • Precision knife
  • Water, edible glue (like Wilton's Dab-N-Hold) and brush
  • Pink shimmer dust and brush

Let's start with some cupcake prep

Once your cupcakes are baked, you'll need to cover each in yellow fondant. (All six of our emojis use this as a base — so go ahead and do the whole batch!)

Step 1

Use a small spatula to add a thin layer of yellow icing to each cupcake.

Step 2

Roll out yellow fondant to 1/8" thick using the rolling pin and guide rings. Cut out a circle with a large round cutter (approximately 2½" in diameter). (Make sure your cutter is bigger than the cupcake itself to allow the fondant to fit over the dome.) Place the fondant circle over the cupcake and pat the sides down. 

Once you're all iced, choose your mood below and start decorating!

Winking face with stuck-out tongue

Step 1

Use the rolling pin and guide rings to roll out white fondant to 1/8" thick. Cut out one circle with the larger end of a round decorating tip No. 7 for the open eye. 

Step 2

Roll out black fondant to 1/8" thick. Cut one circle with the smaller end of round decorating tip No. 7 to use for the pupil, then attach that to your white circle. Glue to the cupcake.

Step 3

Cut out another black circle with the small end of a round decorating tip no. 12, then roll and bend it into a crescent shape for the winking eye. Glue it in place.

Step 4

If needed, roll out additional black fondant 1/8" thick. Cut out a circle with the 1¼" cutter. Then, with a circle cutter (preferably the larger 2½" cutter), trim off the bottom to create the mouth. Glue the mouth in place.

Step 5

Roll out pink fondant and punch out a small oval. Elongate the oval a bit, then trim off the top and make a vertical indentation on the top center with a knife tool to create the tongue. Glue the tongue in place over the mouth.

Flushed face with wide-open eyes

Step 1

Roll out white fondant to 1/8" thick. Cut out two circles with the larger end of round decorating tip no. 7 for the eyes.

Step 2

Roll out black fondant to 1/8" thick. Cut out two circles with the smaller end of round decorating tip no. 7 for the pupils. Glue the smaller black circles to the centers of the white circles to create the eyes, then glue the eyes in place.

Step 3

Cut six more small circles out of the black fondant with round decorating tip no. 7. Roll two circles together into a snake-like shape and glue it in place for the mouth. To create the eyebrows, follow the same steps for the mouth, but in addition, form them into crescent shapes and glue them in place over the eyes.

Step 4

Brush a little pink shimmer dust to the cheeks.

Smiling face with heart-shaped eyes

Step 1

Roll out black fondant to 1/8" thick and cut out a circle with the 1¼" cutter. Then, with a circle cutter (preferably the larger 2½" cutter), trim off the bottom to create the mouth. Glue the mouth in place.

Step 2

Roll out red fondant to 1/8" thick and cut out two small hearts with the cutter. Glue them in place for the eyes.

Face blowing a kiss

Step 1

Roll out black fondant to 1/8" thick. Cut out a circle with round decorating tip no. 12, then form the fondant into an oval for the eye. Glue it in place.

Step 2

Cut out four additional circles from the black fondant with round decorating tip no. 7. For the winking eye, roll two circles together into a ball, then roll it onto your work surface to create a snake-like shape. Form it into a crescent shape and glue it in place.

Step 3

Repeat the same steps as the winking eye to create the eyebrows, but only use one black fondant circle each. Glue them over the eyes.

Step 4

Cut out one final circle from the black fondant with round decorating tip no. 12 and roll it into a ball. Then roll it thin onto your work surface, approximately 2" in length. With your fingers, mold it into the emoji mouth by folding it back and forth and pinching it at the folds. Glue it in place.

Step 5

Roll out red fondant to 1/8" thick and cut out one small heart with the cutter. Glue it to the right side of the mouth.

Face with tears of joy

Step 1

Roll out black fondant to 1/8" thick and cut out a circle with the 1¼" cutter. Then, with a circle cutter (preferably the larger 2½" cutter), trim off the bottom to create the mouth.

Step 2

Repeat Step 1, this time with white fondant.

Step 3

Use the 1¼" cutter to trim off the top of the white fondant to glue over the black mouth.

Step 4

Roll out black fondant and cut out six circles with round decorating tip No. 7. For the closed eyes, roll two circles together into a ball, then roll it onto your work surface to create a snake-like shape. Form it into a crescent shape. Repeat for the second eye and glue them in place.

Step 5

To create the eyebrows, repeat Step 4 but only use one black fondant circle each. Glue them over the eyes.

Step 6

Roll out light blue fondant 1/8" thick and cut out two teardrops with the small teardrop cutter. Move them into place and use the precision knife to trim the sides of the mouth, allowing the tears to fit. Glue the mouth and tears in place.

Grimacing face

Step 1

Roll out black fondant to 1/8" thick and cut out two small ovals. Use the oval cutter to trim off the bottoms of each fondant oval to create the eyes. Glue them in place.

Step 2

Roll out black fondant thin with the 1/16" guide rings. Cut it to a long rectangular shape and use the 1¼" circle cutter to trim the ends. 

Step 3

Roll out white fondant 1/8" thick and cut it to a long rectangular shape to fit inside the black one. Use the 1¼" circle cutter to trim the ends, then use the knife tool to make teeth indentations. Glue the two pieces of fondant together, then glue the mouth onto the emoji face.

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