How To Put Sprinkles On The Side Of A Cake

When baking the perfect cake, one of the most fun (and important) steps is adding sprinkles.

Sprinkles are a great way to add flavor and color to your cakes, but they can also be used as decoration.

Sprinkles come in many colors, shapes, sizes, and flavors. They’re usually made from sugar or other sweeteners mixed with food coloring and flavoring agents.

Some people like to use them for decorating cupcakes, while others prefer using them on top of their favorite desserts.

You will most often see sprinkles dotted around the top of a cake.

But what about putting sprinkles on the side of a cake? How do you get them to stick?

If you’re struggling with this aspect of the baking process, then you’ve come to the right place!

Below is a total guide that will explain the finer details of what you can do with sprinkles.

We’ve also made sure to add a short FAQ section to take you through everything else you’ll need to know.

Why Would You Need To Put Sprinkles On The Side Of A Cake?

The answer to this question may vary depending on whom you ask, but there are two main reasons why you might want to pepper the sprinkles on the side rather than on top of your cake:

1. For decoration.

2. For taste! 

If you’re looking for an excuse to have some fun during your next bake session, then sprinkling your cake with sprinkles is the perfect solution.

But if you’re worried that sprinkling your cake with too many sprinkles could make it difficult to slice, then we have good news for you.

How Do I Get My Sprinkles To Stick?

There are several ways to ensure that your sprinkles don’t fall off when cutting your cake. Here are three tips that should help you achieve this goal:

1. Use A Silicone Baking Mat

A silicone baking mat is a useful tool for keeping your cake intact.

This type of mat is designed to keep your cake from sticking to the pan, so you can easily remove it once baked.

2. Apply Sugar Before Sprinkles

Sugar helps to hold onto any sprinkles that you apply to your cake. So before you start sprinkling, make sure to coat your cake with a thin layer of icing sugar.

3. Make Sure Your Sprinkles Are Dry

Once you’ve applied your sprinkles, wait until they’re dry before slicing your cake. This ensures that your sprinkles won’t fall off when you cut into your cake.

How To Make Sprinkles 

To make your sprinkles, you will need the following ingredients!

Sprinkles are super easy to make, simply add the food coloring to some sugar, add your flavor, and you are good to go!

If you do get stuck, there are plenty of recipes online that can guide you through the process. Let’s look at what you need now. 


Sugar is what makes sprinkles so delicious! It adds sweetness and helps keep the mixture soft.

You can buy granulated sugar at any grocery store, but if you have access to raw sugar, that will work just fine too.

Food Coloring 

Food coloring gives sprinkles their vibrant colors. There are many types of food coloring available, including natural dyes such as beet juice and turmeric.


Flavors give sprinkles their unique tastes. You can find many kinds of sprinkles, including chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and even marshmallows.

What Kinds Of Sprinkles Can Be Used For Decorating Cakes?

There are many types of sprinkles available. And because there are so many options, it can be tricky to decide which ones would look best on your cake.

Here are some of the most popular types of sprinkles:

How To Put Sprinkles On The Side Of A Cake

Candy Coated Sprinkles 

These sprinkles are coated in candy, making them extra sweet. They’re great for adding a bit of flavor to cakes or cupcakes.

Chocolate Chips 

Chocolate chips are one of the easiest sprinkles to use. Simply melt them down and pour them over your cake.

Marshmallow Fluff 

Marshmallow fluff is often used as a topping for ice cream, but it can also be sprinkled over cakes.

Peanut Butter Cups 

These are probably the most recognizable kind of sprinkles. They’re usually covered in chocolate, giving them a nice contrast against the white frosting.

Candy Corn

Candy corn is another classic choice. They’re easy to make and look great on cakes.

Fruit Roll-Ups 

Fruit roll-ups are a simple way to add color to your cake. Just sprinkle these tasty treats over your cake and watch them disappear.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it! Making sure that your sprinkles stick, even on the side of your cake, isn’t the hardest thing in the world, but there are a few tips you’ll want to keep in mind.

We hope that you now feel a lot more confident about this topic, but if you still have some questions, check below for our handy FAQ section. 

Happy baking!

Frequently Asked Questions 

What Kind Of Sprinkles Should I Use For Decorating Cakes?

There are plenty of types of sprinkles available at your local grocery store.

However, you should avoid sprinkles that contain nuts or chocolate chips because these ingredients could affect the texture of your cake.

Instead, opt for sprinkles that are free of nuts, chocolate, and dairy products.

Can I Add Other Ingredients To My Sprinkle Mix?

Yes! You can add other ingredients to your sprinkles mix. Just remember to adjust the amount of each ingredient according to how large or small your sprinkles are.

How Do I Make Sure That My Sprinkles Stick To The Side Of A Cake?

To ensure that your sprinkles stay stuck to the sides of your cake, try using a bit of buttercream between the layers of your cake.

This will help create a barrier between the two layers of cake, preventing your sprinkles from falling off.

Is It Okay To Use Sugar-Free Sprinkles?

Sugar-free sprinkles are just fine to use.

They won’t impact the taste of your cake, but they might not provide enough sweetness to cover up any bitterness.

Are There Any Rules About How Many Sprinkles Can Be Used On One Layer Of Cake?

You can use as many sprinkles as you like on one layer of cake. Just remember that too many sprinkles can make your cake look messy.

How Long Does It Take To Bake A Cake With Sprinkles?

It takes longer than usual to bake a cake with sprinkles.

But once baked, your cake will turn out looking amazing. So, go ahead and start decorating right away.

Do I Need To Put Sprinkles In The Center Of My Cake Before Baking?

No, you don’t need to put sprinkles in the center of your cake before baking. If you do, however, you may find that your cake doesn’t rise properly.

How Long Will My Cake Last After I’ve Finished Decorating It?

Your cake will last for several days after you finish decorating it. But, if you plan to serve it within 24 hours, you’ll want to refrigerate it first.

When Is The Best Time To Decorate A Cake?

The best time to decorate a cake is when you’re ready to eat it. Don’t wait until the very end, though, because this could cause your cake to dry out.

How Much Should I Spread Buttercream Over My Cake?

The amount of buttercream you spread over your cake depends on the size of your cake and what kind of frosting you choose.

Start by spreading a thin layer of buttercream around the edges of your cake. Then, work your way towards the middle.

Once you reach the middle, stop spreading buttercream so that you leave a hole in the middle of your cake.

Picture of Kathryn Sewell

Kathryn Sewell

Hi! I'm Kate and I have been baking and cooking for as long as I can remember. I like to share the most interesting tips and recipes I try here on What Kate Baked for you to enjoy. If you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share send it over on social.

About the Author