I recently found Bravetart‘s blog and with it a recipe for sprinkles, any colour or flavour you like! So I went for it and had a go at making my own. It really is as simple as Stella’s recipe and instructions, it was fun and relaxing too. There’s also a great pictorial in the Kitchn:
- 8 ounces powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp vanilla, or other extract
- assorted food colorings
- as many piping bags as you have colors, fitted with a small multi-opening or plain tip (Wilton #3). (I didn’t have a suitable decorating tip to hand so just cut a small opening in the piping bag).
- Mix the first four ingredients until a semi-thick paste forms (toothpaste consistency).
- Divide the paste into as many portions as you have colours (I used Wilton Icing Colours), tinting each batch with the colour of your choice.
- Put the coloured paste into a piping bag and, on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, pipe out long, thin lines. Take care the lines do not touch each other.
- Repeat the process with the remaining colours and allow the piped lines to dry for 24 hours. Really. You will have an unworkable mess if you say, “Oh, it’s been 8 hours. I can go ahead and do the next step.” 24 hours. They need to be dried out to the core for this to work.
- After the time has elapsed, use a bench scraper or knife to scrape off the dried sprinkle lines and then to break/chop the lines into fairly long pieces for “jimmies” or quite short for “hundreds and thousands”.
- Store in an airtight container, indefinitely.
As you can see, I went a little bit festive with the colours I used – green, red, white and pink of course! I love pink! They smell vanilla-ey and taste great. I stored them in these separate bags and an air tight container. I’m not sure how many cupcakes etc these would cover but I think they will keep you satisfied for a couple dozen liberally sprinkled cupcakes at least!
Love & cupcakes,