Whether you’re simply wanting to avoid store-bought sprinkles made with questionable ingredients or you’re looking for something a little more special to go on top of your cakes, DIY sprinkles are perfect and make for a fun baking project. Best of all? You’ve probably made the recipe for them before!
The secret? Royal icing. If you’ve made a batch of royal icing to decorate cookies before, you’ll know just how easy it is to make. Egg white and icing sugar are mixed together to form a stiff paste and… that’s it. The hardest part is deciding which colours and shapes to make!
TIP: Make extra sprinkles and pack them in little jars for a cute homemade gift!
HOMEMADE SPRINKLE MIX
Makes 2 cups of sprinkles
1 egg white, beaten
2 cups icing sugar, sifted
A squeeze of lemon juice
Gel or powder food colourings of your choice
To make the royal icing, whisk the egg white gently then add the icing sugar until a stiff paste forms. Divide the icing between small bowls and tint each icing a different colour using the food colouring. Add the lemon juice and stir.
1. HOW TO MAKE LONG SPRINKLES
To make your own long sprinkles, fill a piping bag fitted with small plain nozzle with coloured royal icing and pipe long strips of royal icing onto a piece of baking paper and allow to dry overnight or in a low oven (60 degrees). Once dry, cut the long strips into short pieces and mix the colours together. Store in an airtight jar.
2. HOW TO MAKE SPRINKLE SHAPES
Place a stencil (with hearts, flowers etc.) on a sheet of baking paper and thickly spread the coloured frosting over. Remove the stencil carefully then allow to dry overnight or in a low oven (60 degrees). Gently remove the paper and store in an airtight jar. You can also make your own stencil by cutting shapes out of plastic/acetate sheets, or buy them from baking shops (they’re usually used for cake decorating).