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Sprinkle Cake!

  IMG_7594 So what happens when you want to make a fun birthday cake and you don't want to go to the store to buy additional ingredients? Well you look through your pantry and low and behold you discover you have a boat load of sprinkles - yes, sprinkles!! So naturally you make a sprinkle cake, of course you do!! It takes a little time due to the coating process however, it's simple and like we said, fun!! We used our basic chocolate cake and chocolate buttercream recipe. We also added a tad of vanilla buttercream in between the layers to add a "little surprise" when cut into. So there are no recipes in this post (just photos) and a "how to do it" guide along the way. Have fun!!

Sprinkle Cake

What you will need:

  • Cake
  • Buttercream Icing
  • Long Cake Spatula
  • 2 Cardboard Cake Circles, about an inch smaller than the cake (and definitely not larger)
  • Cake lifter
  • Large shallow tray, cookie sheet with rim works well
  • Approximately 2 to 3 6.25 oz bottles of sprinkles (we used Wilton brand)
  • Large spoon


Level you cake either with a sharp knife or a cake leveler (which we highly recommend). Place your first layer on the cake circle base. If you have a turntable or lazy susan, use it. Otherwise place the cake on a flat plate.   photo 2 Spoon your icing into the center and then pipe extra icing around the edges. This works well when you place your next layer on to fill in the gap between the layers. Continue with the next layer, repeating icing instructions. Do not ice the top completely but do make sure to take the icing above the rim of the cake and thinly into the center. We'll finish up the top later. Place the cake in the freezer for 5 minutes. While waiting for the cake to chill pour the sprinkles into the shallow pan or tray. Remove cake from freezer and smooth it out!! You can do this part as many times as you want to achieve your smooth texture. We always end up doing it a couple of times.   photo 3 photo 1-1 Place your other cake circle on the top of your cake. Using your cake lifter, lift the cake and gently lay it on it's side in the tray of sprinkles. Supporting the cake with your hands on either side, roll until you have an even layer of sprinkles stuck to the buttercream. Set cake back on your plate or turntable, remove top circle. Fill in the top of the cake with a nice amount of buttercream. Place in freezer for a few minutes, remove and smooth. Sprinkle your sprinkles on top in an even and uniform way. Neaten up any missed areas with icing and sprinkles. Voilà!! A beautiful, happy and fun cake!! photo 4   photo 2-1 photo 5  

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