Homemade jumbo heart sprinkles

Some people say I am cheap. Some may say I am frugal!

But, regardless of the label I am given, I am PROUD to save money wherever I can Laughing

You see… cake decorating is an EXPENSIVE hobby and I don’t like spending money on things I know I can make myself.

For example: Why spend money on frostings OR fondant OR colorful sprinkles, when you can make your own and for much cheaper?

I have said it before and I will say it again…The stores are OVER-CHARGING us for teeny tiny bottles and God knows why we allow them to do so! INSANE, I tell you! Yell

Since Valentine’s day is so close, heart sprinkles have flooded the marketplace. 

Well, I am going to to help you SAVE some money Smile

For starters, if you are planning on buying jumbo heart sprinkles… CROSS that off your list IMMEDIATELY! Wink

Instead, make HOMEMADE jumbo heart sprinkles.

You can make them in ANY color you like and spend only a quarter of the money you will normally spend!

These jumbo heart sprinkles are made using the same method as my homemade confetti sprinkles. 

I shared a tutorial for those a few years ago and the feedback I got was impressive.

Everyone loved making their own and NOT getting ROBBED blind by the “sprinkle” industry…lol Tongue out

After making a bunch of these colorful sprinkles, I was very EAGER to decorate something with them.

So, I made my favorite chocolate cupcakes, frosted them in pink buttercream icing and and embellished them with these cute little hearts Tongue out

I guess it’s true what they say… the best things in life are simple.

These cupcakes are so simple yet something about them is so attractive!

I would have posted this tutorial sooner but my site was down for about 3 days, which SUCKED! 

BUT, better late than never… Right? Wink

Here are the steps for making homemade jumbo heart sprinkles:

Step 1: 
Prepare marshmallow fondant and use gel colors to tint them in whatever colors you want.
Roll out your fondant.

TIP: If you are really short on time, you can obviously use ready-made fondant but I personally detest the taste. 

Step 2:
Use the smallest heart cutter from Wilton’s heart cutter set and start cutting out little hearts.
Place them on a sheet of wax paper and let them dry at room temperature. The drying time may vary depending on where you live and how humid it is. I allowed mine dry for a week and they were hard.

TIP: If you want them to dry very quickly, you can use 50/50 instead of fondant (half gumpaste and half fondant mixed together and then rolled out) 

Step 3: 
You can even use edible markers to write little messages on your hearts once they are dry.

In the picture, you will see Wilton’s marker but I later realized that “Americolor” markers work much better. They have a finer tip which makes writing on these hearts easier. 

Store these in a plastic container at room temperature. DO NOT store in the fridge. 

Also, keep these away from splashes of water. So, don’t even think about keeping these near your sink or dishwasher Smile

These can be stored for as long as you want. I have had some for about a year now and they are still completely fine!

And like I said earlier, you can also make homemade confetti sprinkles in the same manner.

If you are interested in that, check out this post.

Well, my lovelies…that’s all for today. I will see you next week! 


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43 thoughts on “Homemade jumbo heart sprinkles

  1. Acacia

    I think being frugal is something to be proud of! Why waste money on something you can do yourself and enjoy doing? Your hearts look lovely and your cupcakes are as perfect as always :)

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  2. john@kitchenriffs

    It does suck when one’s site is down. I was wondering what happened to yours. Anyway, great idea to make homemade heart sprinkles! I agree that we’re getting ripped off on so many things, and besides, what I make usually tastes better anyway! Good stuff – thanks.

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  3. Abeer

    @ Gretta… I know! Tell me about it…. All these cake decorating supplies are so damm expensive!
    @ Jenny….You are gonna have a blast making these sprinkles ;)
    @ Belinda…hahahah. Maybe some day but for now, i am having so much fun just making cakes and sharing with my friends and family :)
    @ Acacia… Exactly my thoughts! Nice to see someone else also agrees with me ;)
    @ Yummychunklet….hope you try making these!
    @ John… Oh man! Those were the worst 2 days ever when my site was down. I am so glad everything is fixed :D
    @ Coffee and crumpets… You are right! They do taste better than the store bought stuff. These are not "chalky" like the stuff we normally buy..,yuck!
    @ Denise and laura….thanks! When in doubt, just decorate your cakes in a simple way …at least that’s what i believe ;)

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  4. Abeer

    @ RIta… These sprinkles tasted wayyyyy better than the store bought stuff and yes, my recipe for marshmallow fondant is super easy!
    @ CCU… thanks Uru! I hope you give these a shot… you would have tonnes of fun ;)

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  5. Natalie

    Yes definitely a money saver! If you go in the clay section of MIchael’s, they sell an even tinier set of cutters in all sorts of shapes (meant for sculpey, etc) but they work great for fondant. They’re even small enough so I can use the shapes on mini cupcakes. This is the "baby" theme http://canada.michaels.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-MichaelsCanada-Site/default/Product-Show?pid=C_gc2239&cgid=products-generalcrafts-clayandtools&cgid=products-generalcrafts-clayandtools but they have seasonal ones and general shapes (rectangle, square, triangle..)

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  6. Abeer

    @ Sarah… I honestly think cake decorating is the most expensive hobby ever. Fun but very expensive!
    @ Natalie…. Thanks for that tip. I am totally gonna look into those tiny cutters. Can you imagine how many differetn type of sprinkles i can make? :D

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  7. Patricia

    These are awesome! So much so, that I think I could even make them :) I looked at your marshmallow fondant tutorial – great and simple!

    Love your site. Very beautiful and creative things!
    All the best!

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  8. Abeer

    @ Chung-Ah…I can’t wait to see yours :)
    @ Patricia… Thanks alot! You are so sweet. And yes …my marshmallow fondant recipe is very simple!
    @ Manju…Oh! you are gonna have so much fun making these…maybe even your little one can help and cut out little hearts ;)

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  9. Sawsan@chef in disguise

    I LOVE this idea!
    I always have left over fondant when I make the kids’ birthday cakes and this would be a great way to make use of the left overs and save money!
    Love all your pictures but the one with the little tea kettle is precious..I have the same little plate :)

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  10. Abeer

    @ Daniela… yes, they do taste very good!
    @ Raven… Thanks hun :)
    @ Marysol… It’s nice to see you like this idea too and I think the possibilities for shapes are endless…
    @ Sawsom… Thanks! that’s my favorite picture too. I have had that little plate for months now but it was so tiny that I could never use it…lol.
    @ Ella…Thanks :)
    @ Peter… I am honored! Thanks for featuring my sprinkles.

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  11. Bam's Kitchen

    My youngest son still loves sprinkles and you know that sometimes cake decorating supplies can be very difficult to find here in HK. Thanks for the great step by steps as now I can make sprinkles no matter where I am living in the world. I just love your site and your beautiful photos, but I must admit keeping a New Year resolution to reduce sweets is difficult while looking at your site. Have a super weekend. BAM

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  12. Abeer

    @Bam…i wasn’t aware that cake decorating supplies are hard to find in HK. I hope they fix that soon and you are able to have access to more fun cake stuff :)
    @Angie… Thanks!
    @Natalie… Thanks. The cupcakes are fairly simple but once everything came together, these cupcakes ended up looking better than i had thought…hehe

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  13. Abeer

    @ TheGFcookie… I heave heard some awful things are put into sprinkles. Jamie oliver talked about it on his show and it was enough to make me puke! If you can find little cutters, you can make sprinkles in all shapes and sizes and home from now on :)

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  14. Asmita

    I wish I lived in your city. I would be at your place perstering you to give me a hands on demonstration. Just love how creative and resourceful you are. Thanks Abeer.

    So I can make the different shapes of fondant and keep for a week?

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  15. Abeer

    @Asmita…hahha! And if you lived here, i would be bugging you to teach me how to make all your mouth-watering food ;)
    Actually, these sprinkles can keep for ages once they are dry. I have had some for over 6 months now. Tastes and looks perfectly fine. Just keep them in a ziploc bag or a plastic container at room temperature away from sunlight…i keep mine in the cabinets. But yes, they need to be completely dry when you store them. Depending on the humidity, it can take a few days to completely dry (usually takes 1 week for me). Hope this helps :)

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  16. Abeer

    @Tracy… I have had some for months. Generally, i like to use them within a year. Once they have completely dried, Just store in a container with a lid away from sunlight in your cabinet. Do not store in the fridge! A week in advance should work perfectly … You just need to make sure they dry up and become hard. Dpending on the humdity of your area, a week should be fine.

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  17. Tabitha B.

    This technique sounds great. Think I shall try for the thong & bra cupcake toppers I need to make for lingerie cupcakes for bridal shower next week! Thanks!

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