Today’s pink sprinkles cake is just for cake decorating inspiration, but no recipe. I had made another batch of French macarons, this time pink and rolled in sprinkles, and was dying to put them on top of a cake, so I decided to just go all out with pretty details. With the pink buttercream, sprinkles and ballerinas dancing on top of the macarons, how sweet would this be for a ballerina birthday party? I just love how beautiful and fun it is.
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Where to Buy French Macarons for Cake Decorating
I love decorating cakes with macarons. They’re just so delicate and pretty. Making your own French macarons can be difficult, as there’s a learning curve with this finicky cookie. But, fortunately, they’ve become much more widely available over the past few years, for those who aren’t inclined to learn the art of macaronage.
It’s important that you only buy macarons that are refrigerated or frozen, though. If they’ve been stored at room temperature with the pantry items (like they do at Home Goods), they may look pretty, but they’re going to taste pretty stale and awful. Macarons need to be kept frozen to stay fresh.
- If you have a local bakery that specializes in macarons, you’ll probably find the best tasting macarons in a wide variety of delicious flavors.
Local Grocery Stores
- Your local grocery store will also be a great option. Major chains like Target and King Soopers (Kroger) carry variety packs of macarons in the refrigerated and frozen section. At Target, you can usually find them in the bakery, with the refrigerated cakes and pastries, and you’ll get 6-8 colors/flavors in a pack. At King Soopers, you’ll find them in the frozen dessert aisle, near the puff pastry. They usually have a few different variety packs, and I keep a couple of boxes in my freezer so I can pick and choose what colors I want for a particular project.
Macarons, Sprinkles and Ballerinas
Homemade French Macarons
For these pink sprinkles macarons, I used my vanilla bean French macaron recipe. I tinted the batter pink, then filled the shells with salted peanut butter buttercream and a dab of strawberry jam in the middle. They’re a bit too sweet for me with the sugary meringue, jam and sprinkles. But my two-year-old loves them, and keeps asking for the “pink cookies” after he eats his lunch.
Before I had boys, I would daydream about all the pretty cakes I was going to make for my daughter’s birthdays, and this is a cake that I would have loved to make for her. But I have two little boys who love He-man, tape measures, cars and digging in the dirt. So although there may not be many “pretty” birthday cakes in our future, I’m sure I’ll be able to come up with some cute themes that they’re going to love. And you know what? Little boys like eating pink cookies, too.
Types of Sprinkles for Cake Decorating
You can find so many different types of sprinkles to make your cakes pretty and fun. Check out the baking aisle at your local craft stores (such as Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and Joanne’s).
- Non-Pareils. These are tiny little balls made of sugar and starch, and I used rainbow non-pareils on today’s pink sprinkles cake. I also prefer non-pareils for funfetti cakes, since they’re so lightweight that they remain suspended throughout the batter as the cake bakes. When you drop them, they scatter and bounce everywhere!
- Quins. Quins look like flat little circles, and I sometimes refer to them as sequins or confetti sprinkles. You’ll find quins in other fun shapes, too!
- Jimmies. These sugary sprinkles look like little grains of rice, and give desserts a classic decorative look.
- Sugar Pearls. These are usually ball-shaped sprinkles that range in size and color, and they look very elegant on cakes.
- Dragees. Similar to sugar pearls, dragees will sometimes have an inedible metallic coating. Gold and silver dragees, in particular, contain traces of silver, making them inedible, so you’d be wise to pick them off when they’re used for decorative purposes.You’ll even find dragees in a large rod shape, which is made of an uncooked pasta noodle dipped in a metallic coating.
Ballerina Cake Toppers
Aren’t the dancing ballerinas the sweetest things? These are actually ballerina cupcake toppers, and I just used a little dab of frosting to stick them onto the macarons for my pink sprinkles cake. What little ballerina wouldn’t love these on top of a cake or cupcakes?
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