Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Home made sprinkles

How to make your very own Home made Sprinkles and sugars

This is another extremely easy technique that could save you money buying cake decorations time and time again. and at £2 to £3 a pop at the supermarket why not make your own. It also gives you the freedom to customise your very own colours shapes and flavours.

There are many different styles, you may even like to experiment with a few of your own. So here I'm going to give you the basic run down of the techniques.

Glaze Icing for Homemade Sprinkles
1 cup powder sugar
1 – 3 tablespoons milk (depending on whether you want a thicker or runnier consistency; I prefer a thicker consistency for these, roughly the same as butter cream frosting)
1 tablespoon light corn syrup  or liquid glycerine (not mandatory)
Food coloring of choice (I would add 1 to 2 drops per cup of powder sugar, and I highly recommend gel based)
Flavored extracts (about 1/4 teaspoon of extract per cup of icing)
Technique 1# dots
To make the sprinkles place the icing in a sandwich bag and cut off a very small corner tip to pipe out dots. You can also use a #3 tip with a pastry bag. Each row takes around 15-20 seconds
they will dry within a few hours and be ready for use :)
Technique 2# 100's and 1000's
As with the previous technique set the icing up into a sandwich bag or piping bag and snip the bottom corner. This time pipe out straight lines. wait a few hours to dry and with a large knife cut them into chunks (however large or small is up to you)

Technique 3# coloured sugar
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for this technique you will need1 cup clear Sanding Sugar (caster sugar), divided up amongst little glass bottles or jars, (how many 
you use depends how many colours you are aiming to make).
Use about 2 Tablespoons of sugar per jar.
Use assorted Food Colouring gels or Food Colouring drops 
(gel works best as its less likely to dissolve the sugar).
Put one or two drops of food colour in each jar, seal them tightly with a lid and shake vigorously. Once the sugar is coloured check Its the right tint and add more drops of colour if desired. (The trick is to use less if you aren't sure, that way you can always add more colour if need be).

***A tip on using sprinkles to spice up your baking... why don't you try adding them to your cake batter, it will give a fantastic confetti effect kids and adults will love it***

And viola!!!! You have made your own Home made sprinkles, add some  to your baking 

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