How do you get things like crushed nuts/coconut/jimmies on the SIDE of the cake? I just can't find a simple way without the mess going on the floor.
I just put them in my hand and lightly press. Put your cake on a turntable and put a sheet pan under the turntable. That will catch most of the strays.
I do the same thing. Then just scoop up and use the ones that have dropped.
Thanks, just seems like there should be an easier way. I just put coconut on a cake covered with whipped cream, what a mess.
use an icing scraper- I just lightly put that against the cake and fill it with whatever ingredients I need, then lightly press it on- doesn't get my hands as dirty. Also you could use that craft foam/paper stuff for kids that you find at the hobby stores- its bigger and more flexible. Or you could probably use paper.
I do it exactly as April does it.
first ice the sides of the cake only.
then spread the nuts/coconut or whatever sprinkles onto some wax or parchment paper.
then hold the cake in your hands (palms on top and bottom of cake) and then turn it vertically . roll the sides of the cake gently onto the sprinkles, a little at a time - there is really very little mess this way. remember to gently tough the sides of the cake to the sprinkles to avoid getting any icing on to the sprinkles.
Ooooh Sulia that's an excellent idea. I always avoid putting coconut and sprinkles on cake sides because it seems like it would be too much trouble. Even icing the sides only first, then putting the sprinkles onto the sides by hand, then brushing off the sprinkles on top before frosting the top would also be easier than fussing with a fully iced cake then trying to sprinkle the sides afterwards - thanks for the tip
sulia, excellent idea!!!
You are the best!
you are welcome... glad you liked the tip - i found the idea in a little cake book published in 1981. sometimes oldies are still goodies!
warm regards, sulia