Updated: Aug 4, 2020
Go all-out on your next homemade cake by making your own sprinkles! Easy to put together, fun to shape and no weird ingredients like commercially-made sprinkles.
150 grams confectioner's sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract (or any extract of your choice)
20g aquafaba* (or water if preferred)
liquid food coloring (as needed)
Aquafaba* is a fancy word for the liquid you get when you strain a can of chickpeas. Look for canned chickpeas without salt added. And save the chickpeas for another recipe! You can use water instead but the sprinkles may not be as shiny.
1) In a large bowl, combine the confectioner's sugar, vanilla extract and aquafaba. Mix until smooth and well-combined.
2) Divide the mix into several smaller bowls and add 1/8th tsp food coloring of choice. Mix until well-combined.
3) You have a couple of options: a) you can put each color into separate piping bags/ziploc bags, or b) create a unicorn swirl by following the steps below:
Lay a strip of plastic wrap on the counter. Portion out each color in a strip over the plastic wrap.
Make a tube with the plastic wrap.
Cut the end of the tube right above the mixture line.
Place the open end of the plastic wrap into a piping bag (or ziplock bag). Cut a small hole at the end of the piping bag.
5. Pipe the mixture onto a piece of parchment. Experiment with different shapes!
6. Allow to dry overnight. You'll know they're ready when you can press on the sprinkles without smudging or crushing. Break up the long strips into smaller chunks, or leave long for a dramatic effect on cakes. Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one month.