Sprinkle Some Love into Your Bakes
If you’re a Cake Craft Company fan, you will no doubt already know that we are huge advocates for sprinkles. We love how they can transform any baked good or sweet treat into an explosion of colour and detail. They’re a secret weapon to unlock quick and fun decoration!
In fact, we’ve already put together a complete guide to sprinkles for every season.
But how can you take sprinkles to the next level by decorating the inside of your cakes with confetti? Think outside the box with these two fantastic baking ideas we’re sure you will love.
Delight Your Guests with a Confetti Cake
If you’re looking for a unique way to keep the sprinkle theme going with your bake, look no further than a sweet confetti cake. This one tastes as good as it looks and ensures your cake looks as delicious sliced and served as it did freshly decorated.
What is a Confetti Cake?
A confetti cake is perfect if you’re looking for a way to liven up a simple cake. Best combined with a basic vanilla sponge, confetti cakes are baked with sprinkles in the batter that add touches of vibrant colour. Just like confetti!
But how do you get this fun bake just right?
How to Bake a Confetti Cake
We can’t say we’re surprised if you have never seen a confetti cake before. Popular in America, this fun and vibrant design is often skipped over in the UK because it can be tricky to find the right sprinkles for the job.
But we are here to help you make your dream a reality with our tips and tricks to baking the perfect confetti cake. You don’t have to thank us, just save us a slice!
The recipe below is based on a three-tier buttercream-frosted extravaganza. But you can decorate this cake however you wish; it’s really just the sprinkle-laden batter you need to get right.
Just remember to be cautious of what sprinkles you use for this bake, as some may be too small or not brightly coloured enough. Unfortunately, many UK sprinkles will melt into the cake with little payoff. However, we have a massive collection of sprinkles available to inspire your confetti cake, including our range of Fancy Sprinkles.
You Will Need:
For the sponges:
- 400g unsalted butter at room temp
- 400g caster sugar
- 400g self-raising flower
- 8 medium eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 120g of sprinkles (but the more, the better!)
For the decoration:
- 300g unsalted butter at room temp
- 600g icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- More sprinkles!
For the cakes:
- Pre-heat your oven to 180ºc/160ºfan.
- Line three 20cm/8inch cake tins with parchment paper.
- Beat together the unsalted butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the self-raising flour, eggs and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
- Pour in your sprinkles and fold the batter using a spatula.
- Divide the mixture evenly between your three cake tins.
- Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until baked through. You can check this by piercing the cake with a skewer and seeing if it comes out clean.
- Leave the cakes to cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes.
For the decoration:
- Beat your unsalted butter to make it light and loose.
- Slowly add the icing sugar a bit at a time, and mix in fully.
- Add the vanilla extract and beat again. If you notice your mixture is very stiff and you would be unable to pipe with it, add 1-2tbsp of boiling water.
- Pipe the buttercream onto your sponges, adding layer by layer as you go. Use the piping nozzle and method you like best.
- Once you have piped the top of the cake and are happy, feel free to add as many or as few sprinkles as you wish!
Make a Big Suprise with a Pinata Cake
We bet you have fallen in love with the idea of a confetti cake for your next special occasion, but what if you still want to take it another step further?
Well then, we want to introduce to you the pinata cake! Nothing says party like an explosion of sweets, but this is the perfect solution if you want to forego sticks flying through the air.
What is a Pinata Cake?
Similar to a chocolate smash cake, pinata cakes keep surprises hidden inside that spill out when the first slice is cut and removed. Every guest’s jaw will drop as the explosion of sprinkles and sweets spills out from the cake, and the effort it takes to make it will be totally worth it. Trust us!
Unlike smash cakes, pinata cakes do not need to be destroyed to get the surprise centre. However, it should be noted that you should only stick to small sweets and sprinkles inside the cake to keep up the confetti explosion idea.
How to Make a Pinata Cake
To make a pinata cake, you can follow any of your favourite cake recipes, including the confetti cake instructions we’ve already given you. However, you need to make this one a four-layer cake to get the best effect!
Once you have baked your cake tiers and prepared your frosting, place the bottom cake base and frost it as you usually would. Next, take your following two bases and cut out the centre around 3-4 inches wide. To do this, we find using a cup or cookie cutter the easiest method.
Layer these two bases as you usually would on the bottom base, and then fill the hole with your choice of sprinkles, chocolates and candies. Make sure it’s full but not over-stuffed, and then finally add the top layer and decorate the cake however you wish. It’s that easy!
If you’re looking for inspiration for what to put inside your pinata cake, we recommend a mixture of classic sprinkles and crispy chocolate balls that makes for the perfect combination. However, you can find various options in our sprinkles collection, including a few themed mixes ideal to suit any birthday party theme.
More Inspiration for a Sprinkle Suprise
We hope we have inspired you on how to add more sprinkles to your bakes and that you have found the perfect celebration cake for your next event.
You could even adapt some of these ideas to other bakes, like cupcakes, cookies and macaroons. In fact, we say put sprinkles in everything, have fun experimenting, and you might just come up with the next trending bake idea.