Easy dessert tip: How to make Custom Colored Sprinkles in minutes!

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Have you ever made cupcakes or cake pops for a party and wished you had sprinkles that matched your theme?

I know custom colored sprinkles can be found on Etsy and Amazon, but sometimes they’re still not exactly what you were looking for and you don’t really get much of it either… or worse, you’re in a time crunch and don’t know if it will arrive in time.

Psst…wanna know a secret?

You can buy white sprinkles from you nearest hobby shop and custom tint them yourself to be exactly what color you need!

Like this combination of pink and green to match my daughter’s pink and green themed Ice Cream Shoppe birthday party, perfect as a topping option for the ice cream bar.

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Sorry guys it’s been a while since my last post. My wrist/elbow pain & hand numbness has been flaring up pretty badly these past few weeks and I have barely been able to hold any baking utensils.

Couple that with all the things I was designing/making/baking for Alexis’ Ice Cream Shoppe birthday party and there was no physical way I could type out any posts for you guys.

But I’m back! And I’m going to make up for it with tons of things to share with all of you!

Alexis’ Ice Cream Shoppe birthday party has come and gone and the Ice Cream Bar was a hit! It took me nearly a week and a half to decompress mentally as well as get my wrist to where the pain was manageable again, but now I’m ready to share!

Over the next few posts, I am planning on showing you the details of her party as well how I did her Ice Cream Shoppe Party on a budget (like a dessert table background that cost me $3.00!) complete with free, customizable printables I spent countless hours designing, so subscribe to my email updates to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

Here’s a sneak peek:

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Well, back to the custom colored sprinkles (or pearls, or sanding sugar, etc.)!

First you’ll need white sprinkles (like Jimmies, Non Pareils, or even sugar pearls or plain sanding sugar works!), gel food coloring in desired colors (I prefer AmeriColor over any other brand), and lemon extract or vodka.

The sprinkles and gel color are readily available at any hobby store or wherever you would purchase your cake decorating supplies. Pearlized sprinkles also work if you don’t mind the shimmer.

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Next, place the sprinkles in a small container with a lid (like tupperware). Place a small amount of food color (I use a toothpick because even a drop is too much sometimes) and a drop of lemon extract/vodka in the same container.

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Cover the container with the lid and shake, shake, shake! (My daughter wanted to do this part because she said it sounded like maracas!)

You can add more gel color and repeat in order to get the shade you want – just do it a little at a time because it’s easy to deepen the color, but harder to lighten it. Also, with very deep colors, they do have a tendency to darken further as they sit and dry.

Just a note – extremely dark colors that use a lot of color may break apart as they’re being shaken and show “white” areas – in this case I would recommend starting with a color close to the end result you’re going for. For example, I would start with red sprinkles if you’re trying to make a burgundy color, or blue sprinkles if you’re trying to make a navy blue.

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After they’re colored, just let them dry for a bit.

If you want more than one color, just repeat for each color of the sprinkles combination and when they’re all thoroughly dry, simply combine them… like this:

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See? Super easy-peezy and now you have custom colored sprinkles, perfect for weddings, showers, birthday parties, and the list goes on!

You know those fun cakes covered in sprinkles? Imagine if you could use custom colored sprinkles?

Can you just image all the possibilities?!?!

I now buy white sprinkles in bulk because I can color them to whatever color my clients want. I feel it just adds that extra special detail that makes a world of difference for little to no additional cost and minimal effort if you have the supplies! (I mean you would’ve bought sprinkles anyway for your cupcakes or cake pops right?)

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You can also make metallic sprinkles/sanding sugar/pearls by replacing the food color with food safe pearl/luster dust in addition to the lemon extract/vodka. Alternatively, you can also use airbrush color if you have that instead, simply omit the lemon extract or vodka.

If you want to make pearlized sprinkles but are using unpearlized white sprinkles/sanding sugar/pearls, simply add a bit of pearl dust during the coloring process.

The possibilities are endless!

Have fun making your own custom colored sprinkles!!

Aileen Policarpio | dessertdesignlife.com




2 Thoughts on “How to make Custom Colored Sprinkles

  1. Lillian Fernandez on May 23, 2015 at 5:02 pm said:


    I wanted to ask I need to make teal sprinkles. What color should I uses?

    • Hi Lillian,

      For teal, I actually have a teal gel color by Americolor that I use, but I believe that Wilton also makes a teal gel/icing color as well. Before I had teal, I used a combination of green and sky blue to achieve the color.

      Good luck!

      – Aileen

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