How do you all get sprinkles to stick to the side of your cake?? Wanted them to be thick so I tried several different ways today & laughed because I thought, there has got to be an easier way. I'm sure that you will tell me something very simple and then I'll kick myself in the rumpus for not thinking of it. I must say though, I have a very sprinkled sparkley floor now!
I've always wondered the same thing. Both about sprinkles and nuts. How in the world do you coat the whole sides of a cake??
At work we fill, frost just the sides and chill. The we turn the whole thing on it's side and roll it in a pile of the sprinkles/nuts/crumbs while supporting it well with our palms. The turn it back upright and place of prepared platter, frost the top and that is it.
Sadly it does not work if the filling is too runny, or there are more than 3-4 layers, so we kinda scoop it on with our hands and press and just do it over and over. It can be a pain.
I know some very big bakeries have these tub-like containers that they set the cake in, frosted only where they want the sprinkles and kinda scoop them over the whole thing (but there are usually many many cups worth).
I know I have had a heck of a time with it, especially with chocolate shavings, which even with gloves get melty very fast.
I would love to hear the advice and tips from some of the pros!
I do what sadiepix does by rolling the side of the cake through the sprinkles, etc. (I also experience the same problems with chocolate shavings melting.)
Right after frosting the cake (in other words, if you are using a crusting icing, do not wait for it to crust), hold the cake on the palm of one hand, tilting ever so slightly over a tray or parchment sheet filled with the coating (nuts, sprinkles, etc). Take handfuls and press them on the side fo the cake letting the excess fall back onto the try.
Thanks for the tips----guess I'll have to plan ahead of time for the sprinkles. I decided to do it after I had already stacked 2 tiers. Flying by the seat of my pants doesn't always work! Any other suggestions welcomed for those of us who "do" first and "think" later.