How to Cover a Cake with Sprinkles
Covering a cake with attractively colored sprinkles is a simple and fun technique to make any cake look good. However, these magical little sprinkles will swiftly make a really big mess in your kitchen if you are not careful. There are other things to think about too when you are covering a cake with sprinkles. It is vital to make ready your cooled cake for its frosted layer so that the sprinkles have something to stick to. Read on further to discover how to cover a cake with sprinkles.
Prepare to Get Messy
Start by putting your cake onto a cake stand on top of a large baking sheet so that you are able to stop all your sprinkles from going everywhere. You should put on the sprinkles onto a raised-up cake stand to make life easier. Use a rotatable cake stand if you have one to enable you to find your way all around your cake. Ensure that your cake is totally cool before you start to add the necessary layer of icing ready for the sprinkles, or else, when you later apply a sugar coating it will most likely melt.
Select your Sprinkles
You will want to go for attractive sprinkles which match the color and taste of the icing that you are applying as well as your cakes flavor. Inspiration usually comes from the endless array of possible ingredients that you may have used to make your cake. So, for example, if you have made a lemon cake, you may wish to cover the cake with a yellow icing and golden sprinkles. Likewise, make sure that you give some thought to the color of the icing that you decide to use. Sprinkles which are very dark in color might get lost on a chocolate background as opposed to a vanilla flavored icing. Choose sprinkles in a mixture of seasonal colors for bigger impact which complement various holidays. Mix a variety of sprinkle styles together as you are able to contrast the visual texture in this way. For example, mix big confetti sprinkles with smaller glittery sprinkles to add an extra dimension to the look and feel of your final cake.
Using your Sprinkles
Place your sprinkles into a bowl so that they sit there in a shallow layer which will make applying them really easy. You have to spread over the sprinkles on your cake before the icing goes hard. If your bowl of sprinkles deeper than required, you might not have the time to swiftly reach into the bowl and grasp the sprinkles to spread all over your cake. You can use a couple of cups of sprinkles in your bowl to start with and then if needed add more as you go. This ought to enough sprinkles to adequately cover a large sponge cake.
To Pat or to Roll
You will develop your own unique technique of how to cover a cake with sprinkles as you become more experienced at doing it. Start by firmly patting sprinkles onto the cake. You should try to evade pressing down too heavily with the sprinkles as they should stick well to the frosting if it has not dried out. Go layer by layer if this is appropriate, beginning from the bottom and working your way up to the top of the cake to make certain your sprinkles are all even. This technique works well for big or layered cakes when you do not wish to roll them directly in your baking tray of sprinkles which you may also choose to do.
It is a lovely thing to use sprinkles to make a special design on your cake. You can buy stencils or make your own using baking paper. This gives you a wider range of design options and can be a more personalized way to decorate a cake. You can create stencils which can spell out names or allow you toad a special date to the top of your cake. You simply need to pop the stencil of your choice on top of cake and ensure that you make it smooth so that the sprinkles will only go where you want them. Then, fill in your specially created stencil with fine sprinkles of your choice.
Knowing how to cover a cake with sprinkles is easy really and getting on and doing it is all part of the fun. Remember to place your sprinkle covered cake in the refrigerator for at least 30 to set before you slice it up.