Decorating a cake with sprinkles is a great way to highlight your creation and catch everyone's eye at a party. If you're not careful, however, you'll be messing around in the kitchen. Before starting, prepare the cooled cake with frosting and choose a type of sprinkle that matches the flavor and color of the cake. Then, just follow the tips below to place the sprinkles on the side of the cake. Come on?
Method 1 of 4: Preparing the Cake for the Granules
Step 1. Place the cake on a baking sheet to catch the sprinkles that fall off
The roasting pan will serve to capture all the granules, avoiding dirt. In addition, it is good to place the cake on a raised bowl inside the baking sheet, as the height will help with the application of the granules.
Before applying the icing on the cake, allow it to cool completely, or the icing will melt
Step 2. Apply a thin layer of the icing of your choice to seal the cake
Doing this first will help give the frosting a more even appearance, which in turn will make it easier to spread the sprinkles over the cake in all of the Methods taught below.
Cover the cake with butter cream, ganache or the topping of your choice. The important thing is to do it in a thin, even layer
Step 3. Allow the topping to harden in the refrigerator for 20 minutes
Some types of coatings harden for less time, but others may need a little longer. Tap the cake lightly after 20 minutes with a clean hand to see if the icing has hardened. If it's still sticky, let it cool for another five minutes and test again.
Step 4. Apply a thicker layer of icing over the top of the cake
Continue coating the cake until the desired thickness of icing is achieved, creating a sticky surface for the sprinkles. Use a pastry spatula to ease the process.
- If you plan to roll the cake over the sprinkles, do not frost the top of the cake as it will be difficult to hold it for the process.
- If you want to use American paste, cover the fool as you normally would.
Step 5. Choose sprinkles that match the icing and flavor of the cake
Be inspired by the cake's ingredients when choosing the sprinkles. For example, if the cake is cherry, bet on a white topping with red sprinkles. Also be aware that dark sprinkles may not be as visible in a chocolate frosting as they would be in a white vanilla frosting.
- Choose colorful sprinkles that complement the party's theme. For example, if you are going to prepare a cake for a Halloween party, how about mixing orange, purple and black sprinkles? If it's a Valentine's Day cake, bet on white, red and pink for the sprinkles colors.
- For a rainbow-like look or to add different colors to the cake, buy round, colorful sprinkles. Also try mixing different types of sprinkles to give a varied texture to the cake icing.
- For a minimalist look, use confetti-style sprinkles or sugar-coated chocolate sprinkles. Try mixing these different types with the traditional sprinkles as well.
Method 2 of 4: Adding the Granules by Hand
Step 1. Place the granules in a shallow container to facilitate application
You need to put the sprinkles on the cake before the second layer of frosting hardens; if the bowl is too deep, the process will take longer and the application may not work.
Start with at least 2 cups of sprinkles and refill the bowl as needed. The idea is to completely cover the entire cake
Step 2. Throw a few handfuls of sprinkles into the base of the cake and press them into the icing
Tap it lightly and gently, without putting too much pressure on the granules in the icing topping. Work in layers, starting at the base and working upwards to ensure even and even application.
- Repeat the process for the center and top parts of the cake.
- This method is great for large or layered cakes that cannot be rolled on a baking sheet with sprinkles.
Step 3. Smooth out the layers of granules with a pastry spatula
This will remove the excess granules that have accumulated against the frosting, as well as leaving visible spots that were left without granules. If there is any empty piece, apply the granules over it, pressing firmly but carefully.
Repeat the process around the entire cake, until covering it to your satisfaction
Step 4. Finish the look by covering the top of the cake with more sprinkles
Do this very carefully on the top edge of the cake, using your fingers to mix the sides well with the top of the cake. Take this moment to assess whether you want to use the same type of grain on top or if you want to dare with different colors and shapes.
- If you used colored sprinkles on the sides, for example, contrast the cake with single colored sprinkles on the top.
- If you have made a dense frosting on the sides of the cake, spread larger confetti-like sprinkles on top. This way you will create a more balanced and interesting look.
Step 5. Use a stencil to create a pattern with sprinkles on the cake
Buy a stencil or make your own with parchment paper if you don't want to completely cover the top of the cake. Use a heart stencil, flower or any other shape that matches the cake - if you like, use a name or a number, for birthdays or new years!
- Draw and cut out the chosen design on tracing paper.
- Place the stencil over the cake, already covered, and smooth it to remove bubbles.
- With a kitchen brush, apply a thin layer of corn syrup to the stencil design and cover it with tiny sprinkles.
- Refrigerate the cake to harden for 20 minutes. Then remove the tracing paper.
Method 3 of 4: Rolling the cake over the sprinkles
Step 1. Fill a shallow baking pan with 1 cup of sprinkles
Spread them out to cover the entire side of the cake when rolling it. If you want to leave the granules well spaced, use a little less; if you want to completely cover the side of the cake, use a little more. Adjust the amount to suit your cake and baking sheet.
This technique is ideal for smaller, denser cakes that can be held in the hands without support
Step 2. Hold the cake, top and bottom, and place it on top of the baking sheet
Do this in a single movement, without dropping the cake on the baking sheet, as it may fall apart.
Do this before applying the icing to the top of the cake. Once the icing is in, it will be more difficult to move the cake
Step 3. Lay the cake on its side on the baking sheet and carefully roll it over the sprinkles
Allow the cake's own weight to press the sprinkles against the icing; if you apply extra pressure or force, you will end up "sinking" the granules into the frosting.
Replace the sprinkles on the baking sheet if they run out before completely covering the cake
Step 4. Lift the cake by the bare ends and place it on a plate or cake base
It is possible that some of the granules fall out in the process; if this happens, a sign that the cover is still hardening and it needs to be allowed to settle for a few more minutes.
Use your hands or a pastry spatula to smooth out any imperfections that occurred during the cake transfer
Step 5. Use a pastry spatula to apply the icing over the top of the cake
If you have placed a crumb icing over the frosting, repeat the same process to leave the top of the cake with a texture similar to the side. Be very careful when applying the icing to the edges of the cake, or you may end up removing the sprinkles from the sides.
Step 6. Press the sprinkles onto the top of the cake until it is completely covered
To make the process easier, start by pouring a handful or two of sprinkles into the center before spreading out the rest. Spread them with a pastry spatula so that the application is very even.
Method 4 of 4: Placing the Granules in American Paste
Step 1. Melt 200 g of chocolate in a small saucepan over medium heat
Stir constantly to prevent the food from burning. Use milk chocolate, white chocolate or whatever you prefer, giving preference to the one that best complements the flavor and color scheme of the cake.
- Use any form of melting chocolate, such as the chips found in candy stores. Be aware, however, that melting white chocolate bars or chips will make the dough slightly yellow.
- If desired, add a few drops of food coloring to the melted chocolate to create a colorful base for the sprinkles. Choose a color that matches and has a nice contrast with the beads you bought.
Step 2. Add 30 g of vegetable shortening to thin the melted chocolate
Keep stirring the mixture until the chocolate is completely melted and the fat is well mixed. If the dough is still too thick to spread over the American cake paste, add more vegetable shortening until the desired consistency is achieved.
If you prefer, replace the vegetable shortening with the same amount of cocoa butter
Step 3. Use a pastry spatula to quickly spread the mixture over the American paste
Your goal here is to create a thin, even layer along the sides of the cake. As the chocolate will harden in about eight minutes after application, it is necessary to apply the mass as soon as possible so that the granules stick together.
If you are going to put sprinkles on top of the cake as well, spread the mixture over it
Step 4. With your hands, press the sprinkles around the base of the cake
To do this effectively, press the sprinkles with one hand and use the other hand to spin the cake. It's a good idea to work in layers from the bottom up as this will give you more control over the application.
- If you have a swivel base, place the cake on it and rotate it when placing the sprinkles, speeding up the process considerably.
- Repeat the process on the middle and top of the cake. If you want to put sprinkles on top of the cake icing, do so too, again squeezing them into place.
Step 5. Lightly press the sprinkles onto the chocolate with a pastry spatula
This way, you will standardize the application and avoid that some granules are left over, in addition to removing those that did not adhere.
Be careful with the top edge, as you need to specifically press the granules onto it to make them stick
Step 6. Let the decorations settle before moving or cutting the cake
The chocolate mixture should take no more than five minutes to harden. Once that happens, it's okay to transport the cake and place it on the table to show off to the guests!