Seems a bit extra, but worth it for the wow factor.
I never thought I would be the kind of person to make sprinkles, but when you are in dire need of purple sprinkles...you do whatcha gotta do.
They are essentially dried royal icing. For those who don't follow cookie decorators on Instagram, royal icing is egg whites and powdered sugar mixed until it creates a thick paste. It dries really smooth creating a shiny texture and holds it's shape well. Anytime you buy a fancy decorated sugar cookie, THAT is royal icing.
The key to making your own sprinkles is patience and grip strength. My hand got really sore from squeezing the piping bag so hard. Below I used a really small piping tip to make the light purple stick sprinkles.
Making the dots with a larger piping tip is the pro move. SO much easier and did not cause as much hand pain.
To get the cute little sticks, just cut to your desired length!
Despite this being one of the more labor intensive projects I have done in awhile, I do think it was totally worth it.
Next time you go to decorate one of your bakes consider making your own sprinkles to make your cake, cookies or cupcakes that much more on theme.
A signature bake is truly all about the details.
Makes a lot. Great for making multiple colors.
1 Egg White
¼ Tsp. Vanilla Extract
Roughly 4 Cups of Powdered Sugar
Combine egg white and 1 cup of sugar in a bowl and whisk until combined.
Add vanilla extract. Mix in completely.
You might not need all of the powdered sugar depending on how large your egg white is. Continue mixing in 1 cup at a time until mixture thickens. It should be the consistency of toothpaste.
Divide mixture into separate bowls then add your desired amount of food coloring, then add mixture to a piping bag.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper and pipe sprinkle shapes directly onto parchment.
Leave sprinkles out to dry overnight (this will take several hours).
*In between piping out your sprinkles make sure the other frosting is covered tightly otherwise it will start to dry out.