Sprinkle Cake

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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  • Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo
    September 9, 2013 at 5:43 am

    I must try this for a birthday or when my friends come over. It looks so inviting and happy – it pleases the child inside me!

  • Mary Leigh
    September 9, 2013 at 9:49 am

    This cake looks so fun. I am a HUGE rainbow sprinkle fan and I cannot wait to try this at the next birthday party!

  • Dawn
    September 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    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 🙂

  • Michele
    September 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    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!

  • Kim~madeinaday
    September 10, 2013 at 8:20 am

    This cake is fabulous! Stopping by this morning to let you know your my Spotlight Blog of the week on Made in a Days Blog Hop Social! Congrats!

    • Jenn
      September 10, 2013 at 8:33 am

      OMG, THANK YOU!! How exciting!!

  • Steph
    September 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I love this!! Now I just need someone to have a birthday haha

  • Julie
    September 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    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 (redheadcandecorate.com)

  • Kelli @ eat pray read love
    September 10, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    That looks so good! I never thought of buying a cake to decorate- I either buy one decorated or do the whole thing. And great tip on buying sprinkles in bulk! This looks like a great project for my daughter and me. Going to pin this!

  • Jenn @ UpsideDownKids.com
    September 10, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Wow so simple. And no one has to know you cheated 😉

  • Jae Mac
    September 11, 2013 at 12:25 am

    WOW! The cake looks amazing and I would have never thought to buy a pre-made cake to decorate myself. It looks like it took hours to make. Did you through a little flour on your face for good measure? Great tip! I will definitely keep this in mind moving forward.
    Jae Mac @ I’m Just Sayin’…(Damn!)

  • Megan @ EducationPossible.com
    September 11, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Oh my gosh how cute and easy!! I’m definitely going to have to try this. My kids LOVE sprinkles on their ice cream, so I know they will love this cake.

  • Aida @ TheCraftingFoodie
    September 11, 2013 at 9:08 am

    We love sprinkles around here! How lucky that your local grocery store sells them by the pound. Your cake is fantastic, and I love, love the shortcuts.

  • Alma @ A Conquered Mess
    September 11, 2013 at 9:36 am

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  • Twingle Mommy
    September 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I made something similar for my daughter’s 5th birthday. I did the sprinkles all over the cake, but I put a 5 in the middle that was just frosting. Easy cake and she loved it! .

  • popcosmo
    September 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    So cute! And definitely my cooking skill level… but nobody will ever know “our” secret! Thanks for sharing!

  • Dee
    September 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    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!

  • Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts
    September 11, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts. You were featured today!
    –Mandy, SugarBeeCrafts.com

  • Dianna
    September 11, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    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

  • DeDe@DesignedDecor
    September 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    What a clever idea! I love the festive sprinkles! I will have to remember this idea for the next birthday cake!

  • Deedra
    September 12, 2013 at 1:14 am

    That is a cool looking cake. When we have a cake accession here for one of our kids I try to buy a little toy to put on top. It seems to make them happy.

  • Laurie
    September 12, 2013 at 7:35 am

    What a fun and festive cake! And someone else did (most) of the work. Win/win….because you got to go to sporting events. I like the way you think.

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  • Robin
    September 12, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    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.

  • Gena
    September 12, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    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. 🙂

  • Remona Gopaul
    September 12, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    How creative! My daughter loves sprinkles. We may just have to try this out this weekend. Thanks for sharing. I followed you on Pinterest!!

  • Katherines Corner
    September 12, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing this festive yumminess at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. I featured you on facebook ♥

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  • Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
    September 13, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I absolutely adore this cake. It is SO pretty, I wouldn’t even want to eat it because I would want to mess up that prettyness. 🙂 Thanks for sharing how you made it and for linking it up to Thrifty Thursday.

  • Pali @Knitting Rays of Hope
    September 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Wow! My kids will love this! I will have to pin it and do it for the next special occasion! Thanks for sharing

  • Leyla Preston
    September 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Great idea, and one I’m definitely going to steal from you when I’m short on time. The cake looks delicious!!

    Well done 🙂


  • Krissa
    September 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    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!

  • Maria
    September 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a FUN cake!!!! It looks awesome, I love all the sprinkles!!! 🙂

  • Samantha @ Five Heart Home
    September 13, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    This is so festive! What a great idea for when you’re short on time but still want a special cake. As my kids are sprinkles obsessed, they would LOVE this!

  • Kim @ {enjoy the view}
    September 13, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Such a cute (and easy) idea! My father-in-law’s 90th birthday is coming up – I might have to do this for him!

  • Christina at SWEET HAUTE
    September 13, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    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!!!!!!

    Be Sweet~
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  • Kelley
    September 13, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Great idea on the cake – it’s super cute and something I would totally want! Found you on T&J 🙂

  • Angela Pounders
    September 14, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I love this! So festive looking! And with fall themed sprinkles out…I could go crazy with this! Thanks for sharing. I’m going to start following your blog. I like how you write. 🙂

  • Karly Spalding Photography
    September 14, 2013 at 3:58 am

    I love it! So colorful and cool texture! Thanks for sharing!


  • Sarah @ She is Clothed With Strength
    September 14, 2013 at 9:54 am

    My son would go nuts over that cake! He LOVES sprinkles….on ice cream, on donuts, on cupcakes…everything. I’ll have to remember this one!

  • kim
    September 14, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    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!!!

  • Becky Willis (@mrsgregwillis)
    September 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Definitely gorgeous. And I like the ease and tips, too! My local grocer could help this busy mom achieve a similar feat (if you don’t mind) for my daughter’s birthday in October. 🙂

  • Beth
    September 14, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    YUM! I want to make one of these now!!
    Beth @ The First Year Blog

  • Val Frania
    September 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    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!

  • Carrie
    September 14, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Best. Idea. EVER! Not only is that the coolest birthday cake I’ve ever seen, it totally reflects your writing style for the post. Love it!

  • Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline
    September 14, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    This cake is so sprinkly awesome….I am a sprinkle fanatic from way back ~ Love it! Thanks for sharing at last week’s Project Inspire{d} ~ pinning.

    Have a lovely weekend,
    Mary Beth

  • Laura @ The Turquoise Home
    September 15, 2013 at 12:39 am

    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. 🙂 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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  • Pam
    September 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    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.

  • Joan - My Cookie Clinic
    September 15, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I’m sure all these sprinkles were a huge hit with the six year olds. I stopped by from Paula’s Marvelous Mondays Party. Have a good week!

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor
    September 15, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Love the cake! It is so colorful and fun!

  • Pam
    September 15, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    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!

  • shamene@sayitwithcake
    September 16, 2013 at 12:26 am

    I love this cake! Its so festive!

  • Angela
    September 16, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Wow, what an adorable cake! It’s perfectly festive and looks like something even I can pull off 🙂

  • SeasonedSistah2
    September 16, 2013 at 11:04 am

    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.

  • Peg Crawford
    September 16, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    What child (or adult) doesn’t like sprinkles. Great way to jazz up a cake. With life as crazy as it is sometimes, premade is great.

  • Amy @ Butterfly Angels Quilting
    September 16, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    WOW! Seriously…WOW! Time to make a cake!!

  • Tiffany@vintagemarigold
    September 17, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I LOVE Sprinkles. They are just happy things! I tweeted this! Hope you do not mind!

  • Krista
    September 17, 2013 at 10:28 am

    This is super cute and looks professional! Plus, its a great excuse to buy a pound of sprinkles. Adding that to my bucket list 😉

  • Denine Anderson-Regan
    September 17, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    No way! I would have thought you spent hours on it. What a fun sneaky trick! 🙂

  • Rachelle S.
    September 17, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    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!

  • Leah
    September 17, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    SInce I’m not very fond of sprinkles it probably wouldn’t be my choice but it sure looks great tho 🙂

  • Grandma Loy
    September 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    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.

  • Holly Williams Urbach
    September 17, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Another quick way to decorate a cake is to lay a stencil on it and fill in the stencil area with your choice of colored sugar or sprinkles. Your cake looked so awesome!

  • Rosenda
    September 18, 2013 at 2:57 am

    I totally love this cake! It’s so pretty and so easy. I’m definitely going to try this with my daughter. She loves baking and cake designing. Thank you!

  • Jennifer
    September 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    What a great way to turn an everyday cake into something spectacular!

  • Abby McDonald
    September 19, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    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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    November 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm

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

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