The Jimmy Cake Makes A Come Back! Who Knew Sprinkles Could Be So Upscale!?

The Jimmy Cake Makes A Come Back!  Who Knew Sprinkles Could Be So Upscale!?As Truly and I were back in Vermont this last week for a time of leisure, it was a no brainer to visit our absolute favorite baker man…er woman that is!  I wont even pretend… Truly & I have THE biggest foodie crush on Jenn of Birchgrove Bakery.  We came to know of Jenn when we were doing our rounds trying to find the perfect baker for our cake.  Jenn just happened to be the very first stop on our cake tasting tour & she pretty much ruined anyone else chances right out of the gate!  The bar was set so damn high it was pretty impossible for anyone to come close.  Not to mention that Jenn is just down right lovely & a pleasure to talk to.

Jenn had a super amazing display cake set up that literally blew Truly & I away.  Its such a friggin simple idea & it works flawlessly!  May I introduce to you the 4 Tier Jimmy Cake!  Yeah, I am bringing back old school sprinkle slang!

The Jimmy Cake Makes A Come Back!  Who Knew Sprinkles Could Be So Upscale!?

The Jimmy Cake Makes A Come Back!  Who Knew Sprinkles Could Be So Upscale!? 

 This cake is so fun, so clean, so precise, yet filled with goobs of whimsy.  Tons & tons of sprinkles cover every inch of this cake, while smooth white fondant ribbons frame the bottom of each layer.  Ribbon fondant bows are then placed in a straight center line down each tier creating a bit of symmetry & place of rest for the eye in the chaos of the colorful sprinkles.  The overall effect of the design is gorgeous in person!  Who on earth would have thought that sprinkles, something typically associated with novelty ice cream treats, could make for such a stunning upscale cake!?  I know this cake will be a major hit with brides this year!

So what do you guys think about The Jimmy Cake?  Are you a sprinkle fan?  Is this something that you would consider for your wedding?  Having seen it in person, I love it!  It also seems that by all the Pinterest love its getting, there are defiantly some fans around too!

 The Jimmy Cake Makes A Come Back!  Who Knew Sprinkles Could Be So Upscale!?When I am able to finally release our wedding photos (blah forever wait…. ugh) there is a big time love note headed Jenn’s way.  I suggest eating before you read that post as you are sure to get some mad sweet tooth cravings after it!

The Jimmy Cake Makes A Come Back!  Who Knew Sprinkles Could Be So Upscale!?While its true personality can only get you so far, its her flavors that do the talking.  They are freaking unreal, & we arent just talking cakes here.  From scones to mini-pies,  pretty much everything Birchgrove turns out is a drool worthy party in your mouth.  Her pastries are simply to die for.  We had fresh, warm Palmiers (Truly’s fave) that literally made us both speechless, and then we promptly bought the remaining 2 that were left & quickly devoured them.

One last thing of note, inside Birchgrove is an old mixed which they have now converted into a planter.  I love me some recycled, repurposed items & this idea couldnt be more perfect!

*Photography by Jessica Hardy

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  1. Nadezhda

    I think I found my wedding cake :)

  2. joan

    Love the Jimmies cake, but seriously someone dropped the ball on the bows. They are not identical and could noone see that the lowest one is not in place correctly? If your going to use this pic as advertisement, this isn’t showing what you should want people to think is your best.

  3. Tutu Num Nums

    Thousand million pieces…my most favorite thing in dessert decor…I bet there are a thousand million smiles for whom ever sees this cake…

  4. Jenn

    Thanks everyone for your great comments! As the maker of this cake, I really appreciate all of your kind words. And yes, the bottom bow is admittedly off-kilter! This cake was a display cake in my bakery and unfortunately, right when Jessica stopped by to take photos, an errant child had come by and ripped off the original bow. The replacement bow was a super quick patch-up. Believe me, that replacement bow drove me nuts! (Until, that is, yet another errant child came by and tore that one off shortly after…)

  5. kim

    really joan?

  6. Shilo

    This is awesome – it looks delicious – kind of like an ice cream cone – and I never get excited about desserts or cakes!!!! But, being from Western PA, I don’t know why it would be called a “Jimmy” cake… :)

    Rainbow sprinkles are the BEST!

  7. Leslie

    Sometimes the best ideas are simple ones… They often make the biggest statement. Kudos on a beautiful cake!!

  8. Kathleen garrett

    Do you mind giving tips on making this cake? My best friends daughter wants it for her wedding. All I need to know is how to make sure the sprinkles attach and stay attached even during trampler to the ceremony

  9. Jenn

    Hi Kathleen,

    I just iced the cake normally then gently pressed the sprinkles on. The most important parts are to have a very neatly iced surface and be very gentle putting the sprinkles on. I haven’t had to transport this cake, but I imagine it would be fine, as long as you’re careful. Good luck!

  10. sandra

    Wow, this is gorgeous! So clean, classy and fun.

    • Judith

      What an amazing wedding cake! I love it! What is the diameter of the ground cake?

      • Jenn

        Thank you, Judith! The cake sizes are 4″, 6″, 8″, and 10″.

  11. Gesa

    Dear Jenn,

    the cake looks absolutely awesome and my sister and I have set our minds now on making a cake just like that for our brother’s wedding!
    What is the cake like on the inside? Just to get some ideas.

    • Jenn

      Hi Gesa, that cake is just a display cake I made for my bakery. Sadly, the cake flavor is… styrofoam. But’s let just imagine it’s a vanilla lime cake with passion fruit curd — yum!

      • Jessica

        Ah…I can voucher for those flavors! That was what our wedding cake was….one word AH-FREAKING-MAZING!! <3

        • Jenn

          Thanks Jessica! And happy (almost) anniversary!

  12. Gesa

    Hi Kathleen Garret!

    Here is a video of how you can attach the sprinkles to the cake (hope the link works):

    http://www.bhg.com/videos/m/54763730/how-to-make-a-sprinkles-cake.htm

    Good luck to all of us ;-)

  13. Sharon

    Hi Jenn,

    I absolutely love this cake. Would you use royal icing underneath the sprinkles? Ganache, fondant? I would love to re-create this but have thought about what icing would give me a really smooth finish and hold the sprinkles without setting too quickly so I can actually get them on.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Sharon :)

    • Jenn

      Hi Sharon,

      I used royal icing for my cake, though you could possibly also use buttercream. (Not sure whether the color on the sprinkles would melt into the buttercream, though.) Since it was a display cake, royal icing was the ideal solution for me and it was nice and smooth. You just have to work quickly so it doesn’t set up too much before adding the sprinkles. Good luck!

      Jenn

      • Sharon

        Thank you so much. That was what I thought but I was concerned about it setting quickly. The cake is gorgeous.

        Thanks again for your time.

        Sharon :)

  14. Kelly

    just found this on pinterest and fell in love.. what a fun cake! I’m trying to think of who I could make this for now, lol

  15. Anonymous

    This cake is stunning!!! Great job.

  16. Sarah Gregory

    I work in events and this is one of the best cakes I HAVE EVER SEEN. Stunning and I definitely want something similar for my wedding next year!

  17. Andrea

    Awesome cake!! I just did this cake with rainbow filling to match the outter sprinkles.

  18. Bridgett

    Love the cake. I was just asked to make one for a wedding. The how to web site listed in a previous comment will not play on my computer. Any tips on how to add the sprinkles easy and evenly?

    • Jessica

      Hi Bridgett!
      Sorry to get back to you a few days late. According to Jenn, she used royal icing for my cake, though you could possibly also use buttercream. (Not sure whether the color on the sprinkles would melt into the buttercream, though.) Since it was a display cake, royal icing was the ideal solution for me and it was nice and smooth. You just have to work quickly so it doesn’t set up too much before adding the sprinkles.

      Hope this helps! Send along an image, we’d love to see!
      Xo
      Jess

  19. Tammi

    Is it technically called “The Jimmy Cake”?
    The reason is, “jimmies”are long sprinkles
    used on desserts. What’s on this cake are
    “Sprinkles”. Not to be picky but I worked in
    an ice cream shop for a time. It is a gorgeous
    cake:)

  20. Jenni_k

    Hi jenn
    I love this cake it is so beautiful, how many grams of sprinkles would I need for an 8″ round cake?
    Cheers jenni

    • Jenn

      Hi Jenni,

      I honestly have no idea how many sprinkles it took to do my cake. To do an 8″ cake, maybe you would need a couple of cups? Less than a pound (454g) for sure. I just opened up a giant bag of sprinkles and pressed them on there. Sorry I’m not of more help! Good luck with your cake!

      Jenn

  21. Kristen

    Hello!! Beautiful cake. I was asked to do a “dummy” cake of this and was wondering if you think when I work with the styrofoam if I should use royal icing or fondant with adhesive spray for sprinkles. This question has been bugging me…. Thanks so much!!!!

    • Jenn

      Hi Kristen,

      I did this as a dummy cake and just used royal icing under the sprinkles. Just be sure to work quickly or it will dry before you know it! Good luck!

      Jenn

  22. Sharon

    Beautiful, and yet such a simple design, if someone would like to recreate your cake, like for a birthday girl, what would you advise them to put instead of the bow ties? I thought of pink roses, or even a necklace of sweet popcorn?
    I would like to make this for my daughters next birthday and she’s going on 13 yrs. so any ideas would be great :) Thank you

  23. Alice Ross

    Oh my god! That wedding cake is gorgeous!!! As much as I love the cake, I am also very curious if how they have managed to let all those sprinkles stick on that cake. Very amazing! I hope you can share a little idea on how it was done. This article really did make me crave for a cake.

    • Jenn

      Thanks Alice! The nonpareils were stuck onto this particular (display) cake with royal icing, though I’ve done a larger, 5-tier version using Italian buttercream. Both work well, but for eating, I would recommend buttercream all the way. Thanks again for your comments!

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