How to Decorate Cupcakes With Sprinkles


Though it's possible to make cupcakes without them, colorful sprinkles atop colorful frosting give the perfect finishing touch of whimsy to a batch of tiny, round cakes. While the basic task of applying sprinkles is as simple as dropping them onto fresh frosting, for a truly professional-looking cupcake design, you must not only choose your sprinkles well, but apply them in a manner that's even in quantity and consistent in placement.

Things You'll Need

  • Cupcakes
  • Frosting
  • Food-safe water spritzer
  • Sprinkles
  • Choose colors to go with your frosting color. Use colors of an opposite value (i.e., dark for light and light for dark), and of a complementary or similar color. Avoid colors too similar in shade and value, as these may not show up against the frosting.

  • Frost the cupcakes once they are cool. Prepare to add the sprinkles immediately, while the frosting is still wet. If you have a lot of cupcakes, or if frosting them takes a lot of time, spray the frosting with an atomizer to re-moisten it for the sprinkles.

  • Measure the sprinkles. If you use the same amount on each cupcake, they will have a consistent appearance. Either measure about a teaspoon of sprinkles each, or divide the sprinkles you have into even portions depending on the number of cupcakes you have.

  • Apply the sprinkles. Take a small pinch at a time and sprinkle them from a distance of about three inches above the cupcakes; this will help randomize their placement. Move your hand in a circular motion over the cupcake as you drop the sprinkles. Continue adding pinches of sprinkles in this way until you've used up the entire portion for that cupcake.

  • Sprinkle all other cupcakes in the same manner.

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  • "Cake Decorating For Dummies" by Joe LoCicero; 2007
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