Homemade Sprinkles

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Makes about 1 1/4 cups sprinkles

Unlike store-bought varieties, these sprinkles taste like sugar and vanilla, not wax. The extras will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a month. Use them to decorate our Confetti Cake with Vanilla Frosting.


  • 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup

  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Pink, peach, and fuchsia gel food coloring


  1. Combine sugar, 2 tablespoons water, corn syrup, and vanilla in a small bowl. Stir until mixture has consistency of glue, adding more water if necessary, 1/4 teaspoon at a time. Divide into 3 small bowls; tint with food coloring as desired.

  2. Transfer lightest-colored mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a small pastry tip (such as Ateco #2). Pipe long, thin lines onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Fill pastry bag with medium-colored mixture; repeat piping. Fill pastry bag with darkest-colored mixture; repeat piping. Let stand, uncovered, until very firm, at least overnight. Once lines are dry, break enough into small pieces for 1/3 cup; keep remaining sprinkles long for garnish.

    confetti cake with vanilla frosting
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