Saturday was Con Man’s birthday. He turned 6, although I’m not sure how, because he was just born. But whatever.

It was also an insanely busy weekend. On Saturday, we went to the Penn State football game in the afternoon and then in the evening went to a minor league baseball playoff game. {We’re all sports, all the time up in here.} And Grammy and Grampy were here for the weekend. And then Grandma and Grandpa came over on Sunday to celebrate.  So needless to say, it was crazy town. And also, I was bordering-on-deliriously tired. So I wasn’t feeling like spending a ton of time on a birthday cake.

Enter my easiest-ever, super-fun Sprinkle Cake.

Sprinkle Cake! Learn some tips and tricks for making a beautiful, festive cake -- in 10 minutes!Seriously, is that not the most festive, fabulous cake ever?!? You know how long it took me to do? 10 minutes. Total.


Want to know my secret?

I bought a pre-made, pre-frosted cake from the bakery section at the grocery store and then decorated it myself.

Sprinkle Cake! Learn some tips and tricks for making a beautiful, festive cake -- in 10 minutes!Most larger grocery stores with a bakery section will sell pre-made, pre-frosted {and sometimes pre-decorated} cakes that you can purchase and then have them write a message on. They have already done all the hard work, so why not take advantage?? For this cake, I bought a Wegmans Ultimate White Cake, which is just frosted, not decorated. If your store’s bakery only sells decorated cakes {like this one}, no big deal. Just take an offset spatula and spread the decorations flat onto the cake. For the sides, hold the spatula perpendicular to the cake plate and pull it along the sides, again spreading the decorations flat along the cake.

Now, it’s going to look like a hot mess. But don’t worry, that’s why you’re slapping on those sprinkles.

Another tip: the bulk foods section of Wegmans sells sprinkles by the pound. {Who knew?!?} They are WAY cheaper than buying a small container — in the baking aisle, a 2.5 oz jar of sprinkles was $2.29, whereas I spent $2.99 for 16 oz in the bulk section. Seriously. So check your store’s bulk section if it has one.

To cover your cake with sprinkles, make sure you cover your workspace, because this is not a tidy task. I would recommend using a baking sheet or something with sides, because these suckers like to roll. 

All you have to do is take a handful of sprinkles and press them gently into the sides of the cake. It helps if you tilt the cake slightly {most bakery cakes come on a cardboard cake round, so lift one side of that up} so that the side that you are putting sprinkles on is angled down, and just press the sprinkles in. Continue going around the cake until the sides are completely covered, and then cover the top of the cake, again pressing the sprinkles into the frosting. 


And you’re done! An awesome, festive sprinkle cake that took practically no time at all.

What is your favorite trick for last-minute special occasion cakes?

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95 thoughts on “Sprinkle Cake

  1. Dawn

    Thank you! We have a birthday coming up for our little one who is too little to know what is on the cake and I LOVE the fun colors…you just saved me time and money πŸ™‚


  2. Michele

    Okay…this has got to be the best idea EVER!! So cute and fun for any age! I could even see one of these topped with flowers for the older children inside all of us (; Great idea!


  3. Julie

    This caught my eye tonight Jenn…LOVE sprinkles. It’s such a simple cake, but so pretty and fun. I am not only going to pin, but share this baby on my FB page in a couple minutes. Thanks so much for linking up to Inspiration Monday! ~ Julie (


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  5. Dee

    What a cool idea! I’ve done it with cupcakes but never thought about it with cakes. (I no longer decorate cakes bigger than brides’s/groom’s cakes and part of it is because of the time involved.) This is too cute!


  6. Dianna

    Oh I love your writing style! I am totally subbing on bloglovin’! And that cake is fabulous. But I just know that Con Man was totally bouncing off the walls for a few hours with all that sugar! XoXo


  7. Robin

    I bet you’re still cleaning up sprinkles, those little booger’s get everywhere. One of the things that I’ve done is decorated a cake with chewy Lifesavers, it looked cute and they make great candle holders.


  8. Gena

    I’ve never thought of doing that before. How adorable! I’m pinning it for sure. And thanks for the tip about buying sprinkles in bulk. πŸ™‚


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  10. Krissa

    I love it! That’s my kind of cake decorating…any time I’ve even tried to write something simple on a cake it’s turned out looking horrible. I’ll have to steal this idea the next time I make a cake!


  11. Christina at SWEET HAUTE

    This is an excellent post! I would like to invite you to SHARE this cool post at my link up party going on right now if you haven’t already, hope you stop by every week! I really appreciate your support and encouragement . Party on!!!!!!

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  12. kim

    First and foremost, I love that you love Big 10 football. I’m totally following your blog now, just because of that.

    Second, this is an incredible idea. I am going to add this to my pinterest board!!!


  13. Val Frania

    Easy is good. It’s a very good idea to check out your local grocery stores and find out their perks like when do they clearance meat, where to find the sale or out of date items, etc. DIY is usually cheaper and the personal touch is definitely better – good job!


  14. Laura @ The Turquoise Home

    I know it’s weird that I’m 32 and sprinkles are my favorite ice cream topping, and cake topping and really whatever topping. And not chocolate sprinkles, but rainbow sprinkles. πŸ™‚ So, I LOVE this cake. Pinning!

    I’d love for you to link up to my link party on Wednesday mornings at 8 CST: Work It Wednesday.

    Thanks for sharing!! xo, Laura


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  17. Pam

    Happy Belated Birthday to your little one! This cake is very festive and I love the way it looks. We don’t have a Wegmans in our area but I have heard how great they are.
    I am not very creative but I will remember this idea and use it for our next birthday.


  18. Pam

    What a great tip- buy the cake at the store! Love that- I’m not a baker so I can just imagine what my cake would look like, lol. I can do this though- how much fun!


  19. SeasonedSistah2

    What a wonderful idea. My granddaughter will be five years old in November, she would love this cake. She has mastered adding sprinkles to the cupcakes we make together. I know her face will light up when she sees a sprinkle cake. Thank you for sharing.


  20. Rachelle S.

    What a great idea! I used to make & decorate cakes for my kids birthdays and have gotten very lazy with it the last few years. I need to get back into doing that, but this is such a simple, fun alternative. Thanks for sharing!


  21. Grandma Loy

    What a quick and clever idea. I’ll bet kids love a cake like this. Although I like to make cakes from scratch, I do not like to make layer cakes. Go figure. I have never seen sprinkles in bulk, but I will have to look for them. There are probably a few other cake decoration things that you could do this with also. Thanks for sharing.


  22. Abby McDonald

    I love the simplicity of this. It looks really great too. I’m going to have to give this one a try because I’m always worried if I make my own cake it’s not going to look right, but this I think I could handle. Thanks for sharing!


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  24. Krista Low

    What a fun cake! And although I would be tempted to call that cheating you can’t with such a fabulous result like that! I love it. So fun and colorful and bright. I know it would be a hit at my house πŸ™‚ Just pinned it!


  25. Lati

    another way to do this cake is buy the sponge cake, and cream, whip the cream, and add the sprinkles after you have put the cream on and in the cake… i did this for my sons birthday about 18 years ago lol….


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  45. Denise Michaels

    Love the buy the cake cheat. Why I ne never thought of this before cracks me I like to give my own flair to things great idea thanks for all of the directions ty denise.????


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