One item any cake maker, hobby or professional has in there cupboard is hundreds and thousands. These tiny coloured sugar balls are fantastic for decorating cakes/biscuits adding a splash of colour and fun to them.
My last purchase of hundreds and thousands was the Dr Oetker brand, 65g tub which I purchased from my local Tesco store for £1.29.
The hundreds and thousands come packaged in a slightly different tub to the one shown above. It is now a clear plastic tube with red screw on cap. Once you remove the cap there is a plastic seal over the top of the tube with small holes in to allow you to sprinkle the hundreds and thousands over your baked goods evenly.
The hundreds and thousands are coloured white, pale pink, dark pink and green and just taste very sweet. I use them to decorate my cakes and have previously used them to sprinkle onto cupcakes covered in butter cream to make them look like 99 ice creams. I have even covered a large cake completely in these to give it a bright and fun look. You can also mix them into a vanilla sponge cake mixture to create a pretty speckled effect in the sponge when cut and use them to top an ice cream sundae.
The only negative is that when using these to decorate cakes they do seem to get everywhere and escape all over my kitchen which also means that you waste large amounts of them too. Therefore when sprinkling over cakes or biscuits I try and place them onto a tray to catch the stray ones which can then be reused.
Overall these little coloured sugar balls make a fun way to decorate cakes and biscuits as well as having other uses. I used to love sprinkling these onto cakes when I was little baking with my mother and I think adults still love these as they add a nice bright finish as well as a little extra sweetness. 5 stars from me.
If you plan to do any childrens baking, then in my opinion hundreds and thousands are a neccesity!
Dr Oetker Hundreds and Thousands come in a 113g plastic tub, which is approximately 3 inches tall and 2.5 inches in diameter.
The front of the packet has the Dr Oetker logo and a picture of a cake, decorated with hundreds and thousands. The back has the ingredients (primarily sugar) storage instructions (cool dry place) and company information.
To open the product you have a choice of 2 flip top caps on the top of the tub. One cap reveals 3 small slots - good for allowing you to sprinkle the hundreds and thousands in a controlled manner, without too many coming out at once. The other cap has just one large hole underneath, so is better if you need to pour a large amount of the sprinkles out in one go.
The hundreds and thousands themselves are teeny tiny little balls of sugar - about 1mm in diameter. They are coloured white, yellow, light pink, dark pink and green. They taste like sugar and either crunch very quickly in your mouth or dissolve almost immediately into a sugary powder.
They are a very effective cake decoration, but you do need a sticky subtance to put them on, such as butter cream, ice cream or wet icing - otherwise they would just fall off.
Children love these and really enjoy sprinkling them over fairy cakes and iced muffins, but beware - if they get dropped on the floor you will be sweeping them up for months afterwards - they get everywhere!
Even if you do a lot of baking, one tub of these will last a long time, because you get so many per tub and you don't need lots to get a great effect. They usually have a long best before date and I've used mine well after that date has expired and they still look and taste the same.
These retail in the supermarkets for about 85p a pot which I think is a great price for a very versatile cake decorating product.
When it comes to cake decorations I am very patient and I really enjoy doing it. I baked my kids a lot of gingerbread cakes in different shapes. I made a lot of pine trees, hearts and moons. I used icing, marshmallows and Hundreds & Thousands for decorating them.
I bought Dr. Oetker's Hundreds and Thousands in Tesco and they are available in most of the supermarkets. They come in a plastic bottle which contains 113 g of decorating sugar super mini balls. I bought them for 85 pence but they are on offer in Tesco at the moment (two items for 1.3 pounds).
The plastic bottle is white and there is an outer cover on it which is coloured and has the labels on it. There is a butterfly on the bottle and its wings are decorated with Hundreds & Thousands. The bottle has a red lid and there are two choices how to get the content out of it: one lid has a sprinkle label on it the other one pour label. The sugar balls are multicolour and they are really small.
How to decorate your cake with them?
I decorated the heart shaped gingerbreads now with Hundreds & Thousands. I bought Queen's writing fudge in rich chocolate flavour and I wrote a snake shape on the hearts. Then I used a coffee cup's plate and I poured Hundreds & Thousands in it. I simply pushed the gingerbread in this plate - naturally with the written side down - and the sugar balls stick to the writing fudge. They look gorgeous and my elder son loves them. The other shaped gingerbreads are decorated with icing only and all of them look very appetising.
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I think these small sugar balls provide you with easy and quick way to decorate your cake with. They look really nice. You just have to apply something on your cake which sticks and these sugar balls will stick into it easily. You can use melted chocolate, icing, pudding, jelly, caramel, etc.
The little balls are crunchy and have sweet taste with a flour-like aftertaste which is not very dominant. Anyway it won't destroy the sweet taste. If you have kids or have only a little time to decorate your cake or you don't have big experience in cake decoration I recommend using Hundreds & Thousands because it is easy and quick.
Hundreds and thousands are essentially tiny multicolured sugar balls in a handy container with both a shaking and a pouring option. Each tub weighs 113g and contains thousands of these tiny balls, more than enough to decorate several dozen buns or a very generously sprinkled large cake or two.
They can be applied directly from the container via the handy shaker although with vigorous shaking they do seem to end up everywhere. You can also pour them into a bowl and dunk your upturned bun but this tends to result in large blobs of runny icing in the bowl and sticky partially icing covered balls everywhere. Still its great fun and brings back some fabulous memories.
Friday evenings after primary school I'd go straight to my grandmothers house and we'd spend the evening in her tiny kitchen making fairy cakes. These were far more than ordinary fairy cakes though they came with butterfly wings, huge juicy glace cherries and most importantly lashing of hundreds and thousands liberally sprinkled everywhere. I can't look at a fairy cake without thinking fondly of my Gran.
Neither the hundreds and thousands nor their distinctive red packaging has changed since then despite three decades having passed by although the manufacturers name has changed from Supercook to Dr Oetker.
Hundreds and thousands can be used to decorate any sticky desert be it a bun, cake, trifle or even ice cream. More bizarely its commonly served at childrens parties sprinkled on margarine covered bread and renamed fairy bread. Probably not one to be recommended for daily use.
I have lots of nieces and nephews and like to make lots of cakes and thankfully the two combinations work very well together!
Today I have baked some fairy cakes using the Tesco Value sponge mix, I have topped it with some Sainsbury's Plain Chocolate (mixed with a little water) and then once everything has cooled a little I poured on liberal amounts of these hundreds and thousands.
I paid 85p for a 113g pot which will last me for around 60 fairy cakes (generous coating on each of the cakes) and I think this shows fantastic value for money. At present each pot of hundreds and thousands (and many other Dr Oetker products) has a voucher inside which is anything from 50p money off voucher to an actual £10 note! I was really pleased to see my envelope and I received 50p off my next purchase (valid until June 2010).
Hundreds & thousands are lots of minute sugar pieces, no more than 1-2mm. They will give a crunchy texture to any cakes or anything that you want to add them to. They have lots of different colours and brighten up iced buns or fairy cakes a treat. Too many of them and you will just get a totally crunchy cake flavour and it's not so nice.
The tub has two holes, one for sprinkling them and one for pouring them out. I usually just sprinkle mine but I still find that they come out fast and end up going everywhere! My Mum believes these are called hundreds and thousands because hundreds of them pour everywhere and end up in thousands of places.
Kids love almost anything if it's got hundreds and thousands on them and I think that these brighten up any home baking or ice cream sundae.
I am going to rate this 5/5 as they have a lovely colour to them and a delicious crunchy texture. Also, I was very pleased with the 50p money off voucher I received as it means that my next purchase is just 35p or I can try something else from the Dr Oeter range (just goes to show that their promotion is working!).