Sequin cakes are impressive! And happily, they are much easier than you might imagine!
- a cake, stacked, filled, and with a fresh layer of icing
- white quin sprinkles**, store bought or homemade
- corn syrup
- 1 can of edible gold spray paint, can be bought online or in many craft stores
Remember how you thought you might never need to find the circumference of a circle again? The sequin layer on the cake shown is an 8 inch round, stacked four inches high. It was covered in just under 2 cups of homemade sequin sprinkles.This is where math comes in handy! The surface area of the sequin layer shown is roughly 100 inches so depending on the size of your cake, plan for 1/2 cup of sprinkles for every 25 inches of the cakes surface. The math is up to you!
**Many people attempt to use colorful quin sprinkles, as they are more readily available. They are harder to cover with paint, and the amount of paint used often detracts from the paint. Using white quins is the tastier option.
Step 1: Step One: Crumb Coat
A crumb coat is a roughly smoothed on coat of frosting meant to trap in the crumbs and ensure they do not poke through on your next layer of icing. As this cake will be covered in quin sprinkles, there isn't a need to do a second coat.
After the crumb coat is on DO NOT refrigerate the cake. You will want the icing to be soft and sticky to adhere the quin sprinkles.
Step 2: Step 2: Start Adding Quins
Your crumb coat should be tacky. Grab a handful of quins and get to sticking! Every now and then pat the sprinkles flat and smooth. Move any that fall off to the side. They can be used again later.
If you are doing a two tier cake, do not cover the area where the second tier will set. It would create an uneven surface that will make it difficult to get your second tier flat. Use a cake pan to mark the size of your second tier on the top of your cake and only fill outside those lines.
Continue pressing until the cake is covered.
Step 3: Step Three: Filling in the Gaps
Once the cake is covered, give it a good once over. Every now and then, you may want to add a single quin by hand.
To add sprinkles by hand, use corn syrup as a glue. Dab a bit on the back of the sprinkle and gently press it onto the cake.
Continue until you'll filled all gaps and are happy with the results.
Step 4: Step 4: Start Spraying!
Working with edible spray paint is just like working with regular spray paint, so you'll need to prepare an area to get messy! Consider putting down parchment or newspaper to cover your work space.
Shake up the can and spray! Try to avoid being heavy handed with the spray! It is best done in a few light coats.
Step 5: Step Five: Touch Ups
Now is the time to be critical! Spraying the cake gold may make shadows and gaps appear that you missed before! Never worry! Simply fill them in with any remaining quin sprinkles as you had before and give then another light coat of gold spray!
Step 6: Step Six: Add Your Accoutrements
Move the cake to a cake stand or plate. If a few sequins fall off in the process, re-glue with corn syrup.
If you are using a second layer, now is the time to add it! Decorating with a few flowers? Throw them on!
Then sit back and enjoy your lovely sequin cake!