Friday, December 23, 2016

Homemade Sprinkles...

Making something at home instead of buying it from store gives me immense satisfaction. It may sound pointless to many, why do I need to make something which is easily available at stores. But the creative satisfaction that I derive motivates me to take that challenge. This time I made colorful sprinkles, that we use to decorate cakes, cupcakes and cookies. During this festive season, when baking is almost a daily activity, sprinkles are a common requisite. So I thought to make some myself. And thankfully got some wonderful ideas. I tried and adjusted the recipes to suit me. The little one is the house was super excited and volunteered to be my hand model, all she asked for was to lick the bowl of the chocolate. 

Things needed to make sprinkles for cake or cookies:

(Recipe adapted from )
  • Confectionery sugar: 100 gm
  • Water: 2-3 tsp
  • Vanilla extract: few drops
  • Food colors as per choice (I used wilton gel colors) 
For the chocolate version
  • Confectionery sugar: 1 cup
  • Cocoa powder: 1/4 cup
  • Instant coffee: 1/2 tsp (for choco-mocha flavor)
Special equipment
  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Piping bag
  • Piping nozzle (Tip No 1 and No 2)

Steps of making sprinkles for cakes and cookies:

1. Line cookie sheet or baking tray with parchment paper.

2. Sieve the confectionery sugar. Make sure there is no lumps. Add vanilla extract. Gradually add water half teaspoon at a time. It requires very small amount of water, hardly 2-3 tsp. And mix well. It will have a thick pouring consistency. If you think you have added more water and the batter looks too thin add more confectionery sugar. 

3. Put the batter in a piping bag fitted with piping nozzle. Use tip no 1 or 2.

4. Pipe the batter into straight lines or into tiny dots, as per choice. Let it dry overnight.

5. To know the sprinkles are completely dried, if you shake the parchment paper it will come off the paper. Store in a glass jar with lid, use as required.

6. Chocolate variation: Sieve together the confectionery sugar and cocoa powder, add water gradually and do the rest as mentioned above. Instant coffee powder can also be added.

Different colors and flavors can be added as per choice. After the sprinkles are dried completely store them in a air tight container.

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