While scrolling through Pinterest for ideas for Baby D’s vintage Mickey Mouse themed first birthday party, we came across the cutest custom Mickey-shaped sprinkles. They were absolutely adorable and as much as I love supporting a cute, little Etsy shop, the sprinkles were a little pricey for such a small quantity and our party budget was getting pretty low.
I was a little bummed to have to pass on the sprinkles. Kyle on the other hand saw it as a challenge and decided that we should at least attempt to learn how to make sprinkles. I’m so glad that we tried making these sprinkles. They really weren’t that hard to make and were the perfect addition to our little man’s first birthday cake.
- 2 lbs powdered sugar
- 5 Tbs meringue powder
- 3/4 tsp lemon juice
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 2 Tbs honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- drops of gel food coloring to reach desired color
- Whisk together the water, meringue powder and lemon juice for about 30 seconds (or until lump-free).
- In a separate bowl, sift the powdered sugar.
- Add the wet mixture to the sugar and mix for about a minute.
- Mix in the honey, extracts, and food coloring.
- Beat until stiff peaks are formed, approx. 6-8 minutes.
- Add to a pastry bag with a small decorating tip of your choice.
- Lay out a sheet of wax paper.
- Pipe the icing onto the wax paper to form your desired sprinkle shape (in our case Mickey).
- Let sit and harden for several hours.
Tip: Keep in mind that for some shapes (like our Mickeys) the side that was laying flat may end up being better looking than the way you piped them. Ours had a few small peaks from lifting up the pastry bag while piping. It may just take a little practice to get the hang of it.