25+ Recipes With Sprinkles (For When You Need a Mood Boost)
Feeling crummy? Brighten your day with one of our most delightful, sprinkle-packed recipes. From classic cakes and cookies (this Perfect Birthday Cake is amazing all year long) to creative cocktails (this Eleganza Extravaganza Bourbon Cereal Milk Punch was created with RuPaul's Drag Race in mind, but it's delicious no matter what you're watching), these colorful recipes with sprinkles are sure to cheer you up.
Funfetti Pound Cake
The “funfetti” treatment is such an easy way to give classic pound cake a festive upgrade. This colorful, sprinkle-laden bundt cake is perfect for celebrations of any sort—from birthday parties to graduations. Use whatever color blend of sprinkles you like for the occasion at hand.
Eleganza Extravaganza Bourbon Cereal Milk Punch
Need a cocktail to sip on while making your way through Drag Race reruns? Our Eleganza Extravaganza Bourbon Cereal Milk Punch is a boozy treat that’s worthy of queen Ru herself. Making your own Cereal Milk requires a little bit of werk, but it’s worth it, we promise.
Italian Easter Bread
Our Italian Easter Bread is the perfect centerpiece for your Easter brunch. The bread is sweet, almost like challah or a sweet roll dough without cinnamon, while the orange glaze adds some bright flavor. Meanwhile, the dyed eggs add pops of color and will impress both kids and adults.
Italian Christmas Cookies
No need to buy a tray of Italian Christmas cookies this year—they’re easy to make and all the ingredients are readily available. The cookie itself is not overly sweet and has a cakey texture, so the sweetness really banks on the icing. We used almond extract in our recipe, but you can also use anise.
Christmas Cake Pops
These easy Christmas cake pops make the perfect to-go holiday dessert—up the cuteness factor by wrapping them up for your guests. The creamy, buttery, and sugary cake balls have the perfect frosting-to-cake ratio, making for a taste that everyone will love.
Mini Confetti Cake
These adorable mini layer cakes are easier to make than they look. Use a small round cutter to cut out the layers from a sheet cake. Instead of frosting, which can be tricky to spread evenly over such a small cake, we used homemade whipped cream, which gives the exterior of the cake a nice smooth texture.
Fourth of July Confetti Roulade
This festive roulade recipe is the perfect ending to your outdoor picnic, but it can be used for any occasion; simply use different colored sprinkles to match your occasion. A splash of orange liqueur is optional in the creamy filling, but don’t skip the fresh lemon juice in the frosting.
Lucky Charms Cookies
Hearts, stars, horse shoes, clovers, and blue moons, pots of gold, and rainbows, and the red balloons… all stirred into a buttery, cereal inspired cookie dough. In addition to all of the signature marshmallow charms, these Lucky Charms cookies have ground cereal incorporated right into the dry mixture for the sugar cookie dough.
Strawberry "Pop Tarts"
These adorable air fryer delights check all the nostalgia boxes, from afternoons spent with your sister’s Easy Bake Oven to Saturday mornings eating piping hot pop tarts fresh from the toaster oven. Our grown-up air fryer version wraps all that goodness into a healthier package, featuring a quick microwave jam with nice chunks of strawberries.
Classic Birthday Cake
For a festive occasion, few treats can match the celebratory spirit of a classic birthday cake—and this easy-to-follow formula is the only one you’ll ever need. Our birthday cake recipe yields two dense layers of buttery, vanilla-forward white cake wrapped in classically rich buttercream frosting.
Rainbow Dessert Bowls
These edible dessert bowls are as delicious as they are adorable. Try the single-serve, ice cream-filled treats as an alternative to cupcakes for birthdays or class parties.
Unicorn Snack Bars
These sweet unicorn treats are adorable enough to serve at a birthday party, but easy enough to throw together for quick snacks. Adding almonds and apple chips into the mix make these snack bars more substantial than a plain rice cereal treat, but these ingredients are easily swapped to accommodate your favorite mix-ins or nut allergies.
Banana Split Waffle Cake
Talk about a birthday breakfast—inspired by the flavors of a classic ice cream treat, this impressive waffle stack makes for such a fun way to kick off an extra-special day. Using store-bought waffle mix keeps this decadent breakfast-for-dessert recipe easy to execute.
Popcorn Ice Cream Sundae
This decadent sundae delivers the best of salty, sweet, creamy, and crunchy all in one bowl.
Chocolate Fudge Sheet Cake With Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting
The addition of cinnamon adds a kick of “something special” to this rich chocolate sheet cake, but if you prefer, you can reduce the amount or leave the cinnamon out all together; you will simply have a delightful, classic chocolate cake on your hands.
Fluffy Pancake Skewers
Also known as “kushi pancakes,” these pancake and fruit skewers look super impressive, but take the same amount of work as a classic pancake breakfast. First, you’ll fry up a batch of fluffy pancakes in tiny ring molds.
Mountain Dew Cupcakes
Incorporating lemon-lime soda into your batter gives these cupcakes a delightfully light and airy texture. Whether you’re a hardcore Mountain Dew fan or just happen to have part of a leftover 2-liter that needs to be used up, these soda-inspired cupcakes are a fun and easy treat to whip up with a box caked mix.
Fairy bread, an Australian treat served at children’s birthday parties, is the OG unicorn toast. The unassuming three-ingredient treat may be just buttered toast topped with teeny rainbow sprinkles, but after a bite you'll see how special it is.
Ice Cube Ice Cream
4-Ingredient No-Bake Funfetti Breakfast Bars
You don’t need permission to eat cake for breakfast. You’re an adult who deserves to treat yo' self occasionally (and your kids—if you have any—just because they love sugar and they’re cute sometimes).
Glazed Condensed Milk Cookies
Need to throw together a last minute treat? Make a batch of fluffy and buttery, cream cheese-glazed cookies using 1 whole (14-ounce) can of sweetened and just a handful of other staple ingredients you probably already have in the fridge and pantry.
Birthday Cake Cream Cheese
Bagel aficionados know all about the power of flavored cream cheese. It can spruce up boring bagels while treating your taste buds to an extra burst of flavor. It’s the perfect wake up call, to say the least. And while you can’t go wrong with traditional kinds like blueberry and scallion, this birthday cake cream cheese version is hard to ignore. Made with boxed Funfetti cake mix, this ridiculously easy recipe demonstrates how we don’t have to be limited to the instructions on packaged goods. All it takes is a few ingredients, a dose of creativity, and a bit of a sweet tooth. Plus, once you start mixing up your own cream cheese flavors, there’s a good chance you’ll get addicted to the process. After all, cream cheese is one of those ingredients that can be customized with whatever the heck you want. This particular version takes the cake, though. Literally.
Birthday Cake Cream Cheese
Yields: 8 ounces of cream cheese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Birthday Cake Skillet Cookie
It doesn't have to be your birthday to enjoy this brightly colored sugar cookie.
Unicorn Poop Cookies
Glittery, Rainbow Cookies!
Kitchen Sink Dessert Cheese Ball
Who wouldn't love all of their favorite indulgences rolled into one? Make an appetizer with a sweetness that contrasts the usual salty and savory apps. We recommend serving with graham crackers, vanilla wafers, or even with thinly sliced apples or strawberries.
This colorful unicorn-inspired layer cake is the pinnacle of cuteness—perfect for a birthday party or for anyone who’s just super into the current unicorn craze. While this cake is fantastically wow-worthy, and does take some time and loving dedication to construct, you don’t need to be a pastry chef to pull it off. In fact, creating this mythical masterpiece really is totally achievable for a home baker—just follow the instructions and don’t be afraid to have a little fun with it! You’ll be amazed what you can achieve with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, some colorful candy, and a little bit of fondant.