Covering Cupcakes With Sprinkles – How Much Do I Need?

A few weeks ago we shared a special blog post to help answer one of our most asked questions, How many sprinkles do I need to cover a cake? In that blog post we shared not only how many sprinkles you need to cover a sprinkle cake, but also how many you would need to create a sprinkle rim on your cake, or a just cover part of the cake, and so on. We even created a little chart for y’all so you could easily figure out sprinkle amounts for different size cakes. Today we’re back with part 2 to answer Covering cupcakes with sprinkles, how much do I need?  

We had such a great response from you guys letting us know that you almost bought too much from other shops until you saw our post so we just knew we had to do a new post adapted to our favorite dessert! Weight, volume, and different size bags or bottles can just be too much to decide. We’ve make it easy to pick your number per batch baked and your coverage to get your started! So easy.

Covered cupcakes with sprinkles - different types of coverage for sprinkle cupcakes

How Many Sprinkles Do I Need For Cupcakes?

We know that when ordering sprinkles from the shop it can be hard to decide exactly how much you’ll need for your desserts. Especially with over 200 sprinkle varieties in the shop and sizes from 4oz to 25lb bulk boxes (Yes, that’s what dreams are made of!). We know it can leave you scratching your head and just not sure where to start!  When it comes to covering cupcakes with sprinkles, we want to help you navigate just how much you’ll need so you won’t have too much extra, or worse not enough! Speaking of sprinkle mixes, how cute is our Birthday Cake sprinkle mix featured in this post! It’s one of our favorites for sure and yours too!

Birthday cake sprinkles in white dish for dipping cupcakes

The Type of Sprinkles Matters

Just like in our sprinkle cake post, we want to point out that sprinkle types do matter when if comes to covering cupcakes with sprinkles. Our sprinkle bags contain 4 ounces of sprinkles by weight which is roughly 1/2 cup. Sprinkles with a heavier density like nonpareils and sugar crystals take up way less room so you will need to err on the higher side for full coverage. These two types of sprinkles are much closer once you cover with them and take up less surface area. This really all just boils down to what look you are going for. Jimmies and quin sprinkles are bigger and cover way more but may leave a little buttercream popping through. It’s a look we love but you may not. The picture below shows this well and shows the different sprinkle coverage options side by side.

Frosted cupcakes with sprinkle dish for covering cupcakes with sprinkles

How Many Bags of Sprinkles Do I Need To Cover Cupcakes?

Using the same strategy in our sprinkle cake post we’ve laid out how many sprinkles you will need to cover cupcakes with sprinkles based on the amount of coverage for a dozen cupcakes. You will easily be able to multiply these numbers to get a close estimate of how many sprinkles you will need no matter how many cupcakes you’re baking. And because we love a good visualization, we have a few images to demonstrate the amounts we have charted below. Easy as…well a cupcake!

Full coverage dipped cupcakes with rainbow sprinkles on top

Full Sprinkle Covered Cupcakes 

12 Cupcakes – 4oz = 1 bags

24 Cupcakes – 8oz = 2 bags

36 Cupcakes – 12oz = 3 bags

That’s right, when you’re covering cupcakes with sprinkles, and we mean covering,  for 12 cupcakes you will need one bag of our sprinkles, how easy!

Swirl cupcakes rolled in birthday cake sprinkles

Sprinkle Trimmed  Cupcakes 

12 Cupcakes – 2.5oz = 1 bags

24 Cupcakes – 5oz = 2 bags

36 Cupcakes – 7.5oz = 2 bags

We love the look of sprinkle trimmed cupcakes! So simple to do yet they look so neat! Take note on just how many sprinkles you’ll need to cover your cupcakes just like this. This is a super trendy, modern coverage seen a lots of kids parties.

Side dipped swirl cupcakes with rainbow sprinkles

Classic Sprinkled Cupcakes 

12 Cupcakes – 2.5oz = 1 bags

24 Cupcakes – 5oz = 2 bags

36 Cupcakes – 7.5oz = 2 bags

Although this swirl look is currently super trendy, we would consider this a standard sprinkle-to-frosting ratio! So if you’re going for a more traditional sprinkle coverage, this one is for you! This is such an elegant look, super popular for wedding cupcake towers.

covering cupcakes with sprinkles - how much do i need?

We’re always so impressed how far a single bag of sprinkles can go. What about you? Now that you are a cupcake/sprinkle pro, be sure to check out the sprinkle selection and the cupcake liner selection of our site where you’ll be sure to find all the sprinkles you need, and so much more! You may also want to head on over and check our Sprinkle Covered Cake post if you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet so you won’t ever have to guess when sprinkle shopping again. Check out our Buttercream Frosting Recipe for the perfect icing for your gorgeous sweets!

If you loved this covering cupcakes with sprinkles post, you’ll love our other party ideas!

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