Sprinkle cakes are super festive cakes that are decorated with sprinkles either on the outside only or on both the inside and the outside.
Sprinkle cakes are so much fun! And, the best part about them is that you don’t need to be a cake decorating whiz to make them because sprinkles can totally hide a bad frosting job. Cake decorating guru Lia Weber taught me how to make this sprinkle cake that is a perfect July 4th dessert!
You most typically see rainbow sprinkles on sprinkle cakes, but you can use any kind that you love. We went with red, white, and blue for ours!
Let’s take a look at how to make a sprinkle cake!
How to Make a Sprinkle Cake
To make a sprinkle cake, chill the cake thoroughly. If the cake isn’t cold, it will fall apart when you roll it. Place a cake board on top of the cake (so you have something to hold onto when you are rolling the cake). Fill a cookie sheet with sprinkles, and roll the cake back and forth in the sprinkles until well coated.
You can make a cake with sprinkles only on the outside or put sprinkles on the inside as well!
How to Make a Surprise-Inside Sprinkle Cake
A surprise-inside sprinkle cake has sprinkles hidden inside the cake that come pouring out when you cut into it! To get the sprinkles on the inside of the cake like Lia did:
- Use a cookie cutter to cut holes in the centers of the middle tiers.
- Ice the layers as you normally would, leaving the holes unfrosted.
- Fill the hole with sprinkles.
- Place the next layer on top of the tier to cover up the hole.
- Frost and sprinkle the whole cake!
The sprinkles will be a total surprise when someone cuts into the cake!
Can I Mix Sprinkles Into The Cake Batter?
When you mix sprinkles into cake batter, it’s called a funfetti cake or a confetti cake. That type of cake was created in 1989 by Pillsbury. It’s totally fine to mix sprinkles into any cake. The cake doesn’t have to be a box mix. Lia didn’t mix sprinkles into the sprinkle cake batter, but she could have! Would that have been too many sprinkles?
What Type of Cake Works Best for a Sprinkle Cake?
If You Like Sprinkle Cake, You’ll Also Like…
- Decorating a cake with edible flowers (another super easy way to make a cake look pretty if you aren’t a cake decorator)
- Funfetti dessert nachos (because you clearly like sprinkles)
- Funfetti salt water taffy (it’s a project, but it’s a fun project – make a day of it)
- Piñata cake from A Treat’s Affair. (It’s similar to this sprinkle cake, but filled with candy!)
Sprinkle Cake Recipe
A sprinkle cake tutorial to make an easy sprinkle cake.
- 6 six inch round cakes optionally dyed different colors
- 8 cups frosting approximately
- 5 sprinkle containers 7.5 ounces each
Place the bottom cake round on a cake board the same size as your cake.
Frost and top with the second layer.
Cut holes in the centers of the middle two tiers using a round cookie cutter. Frost between the two tiers up to the holes.
Fill the hole with sprinkles.
Place the next two layers on top of the tier to cover up the hole, frosting between them.
Crumb coat and lightly ice your cake. It does not have to be perfect! You will be covering the entire cake with sprinkles so imperfections are totally okay.
After the cake is iced, chill it completely until the icing is firm when you touch it. The cake must be cold for the next step.
Prepare a sheet pan or jelly roll pan with parchment paper on the bottom. Pour sprinkles on the parchment paper, covering the entire surface.
Place another cake board the same size as the cake on top of the top layer. Carefully lift up the cake, place it on its side and roll into the sprinkles.
Once the sides are coated, take off the cake board from the top of the cake and cover the top of the cake with sprinkles.
When you cut into the cake, you'll get a surprise of sprinkles pouring out!
The time estimate does not include baking or chilling the cakes.
Lia Weber, Owner of MADE. BY LIA, creates custom-designed, from-scratch wedding cakes and specialty sweets in St. Louis, Missouri. She is an accomplished pastry chef, cake artist and winner of TLC’s Next Great Baker, Season 4, with Buddy the Cake Boss. Lia is the Baking Ambassador for AB Mauri North America, an innovative baking & technology company. She runs her business out of their BakingHub located in the Cortex district in the Central West End. MADE. BY LIA has received The Knot best of 2017 and Wedding Wire’s Couples Choice Award and is the recent winner of the Feast Magazine-Midwest Readers Choice Awards, “Pastry Chef of the Year, 2017.” Lia’s love for baking began in her mother’s kitchen & she hopes to pass on the same passion to her daughter, Ella. Someday soon, Lia plans to start a YouTube channel teaching the ‘at home baker’ simple yet delicious from scratch recipes. Until then, stay up to date on the latest cake trends by following her on Instagram @madebylia, Facebook MADE. BY LIA, and on www.madebylia.com.