How To Cover A Cake In Sprinkles

Sprinkle covered cake with SprinklePop

Incorporating sprinkles into cake design is something I’ve loved from the beginning of my cake making journey. But although I’ve been caking for years, I’ve never actually attempted to cover an entire cake in sprinkles – until now, that is! Behold:

Oh Snow Cute sprinkle covered cake by SprinklePop

how to cover a cake with sprinkles

How pretty are those sprinkles? They’re the Oh Snow Cute sprinkle mix and they’re part of a beautiful collection of Holiday sprinkles available in the shop! I love the color contrast of the icy blues and Christmas reds, and if you look real close you’ll find some tiny little snowmen and snowflakes mixed in (hence the name “Oh Snow Cute”). I think they’re so perfect for a non-green-and-red Holiday look, but you’ve got to check out the other Holiday sprinkles in the collection because they’re all so beautiful!

I was totally surprised to find that covering a cake with sprinkles was actually easy, even as a first timer. All you need is a smooth buttercream cake that’s been slightly chilled and a tray full of sprinkles to roll it around in! Ok, maybe there are a few other things you need, but I promise I will spare no details so you can reach sprinkle-covered cake greatness. Here’s a quick video of the process before I walk you through the step-by-step below:

You Will Need:

  • 8oz bottle of Oh Snow Cute sprinkles (or other favorite sprinkle mix)
  • Baking sheet
  • A crumb coated cake
  • Enough buttercream for a final frosting layer
  • Icing scraper
  • Angled icing spatula
  • Cake turntable
  • Cardboard cake circle (the same diameter as your cake)

Step 1: Frost The Sides Of Your Cake

Start by frosting the sides of your cake only. Use your icing scraper to create smooth, straight sides as a buttercream finish. For the buttercream ridge that forms around the top rim of the cake, use your angled icing spatula to frost it inward (across the top of the cake) and create sharp edges around the top rim.

how to frost smooth buttercream

When your sides are looking smooth and your edges are looking sharp, place the cake into the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes so the buttercream begins to set, but isn’t too firm to the touch.

Step 2: Spread Sprinkles Onto Baking Sheet

While your cake is chilling in the refrigerator, spread the sprinkles onto the baking sheet. Feel free to shake them around so they get mixed up really well.

how to roll a cake in sprinkles

Step 3: Roll The Cake In Sprinkles

Remove the cake from the refrigerator and place a cardboard cake circle on top of the cake. With one hand on the top cardboard cake circle and one hand on the bottom one, gently roll the cake through the sprinkles.

how to cover a cake in sprinkles

rolling a cake in sprinkles by SprinklePop

Feel free to stop halfway around, shake the sprinkle tray to keep the sprinkles well mixed, and continue rolling the cake until the sides are completely covered.

Step 4: Ice The Top Of The Cake

Place the cake back onto your turntable and remove the cardboard circle from the top of the cake, then frost the top with buttercream.

how to put sprinkles on a cake

Use your angled icing spatula to make sure the top of the cake is as smooth and level as possible while maintaining your sharp edges. When you’re finished, pop the cake back into the refrigerator for about five minutes so the buttercream on top begins to set slightly.

Step 5: Cover The Top In Sprinkles

Finally, pour sprinkles over the top of the cake and smooth them with your icing spatula until the entire top is level and covered in sprinkles.

sprinkle covered cake tutorial


Voila! A sprinkle-covered masterpiece! I piped an open star border around the top edge with my Wilton Tip 6B and topped it with even more sprinkles for some extra flair. You can never have too many sprinkles! 

holiday sprinkles cake by Sugar and Sparrow


The best part about this technique is that it will work with sprinkles of all shapes and colors. It’s an easy way to make an eye-catching creation, whether it’s for the Holidays or any day!

Happy Holiday Season and Sweet Wishes, 

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