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Dulux has just unveiled the Colour of the Year for 2018 and it couldn’t be more swoon-worthy! Also dubbed grown-up pink, you’ll be seeing Pictured Rocks everywhere in the coming year – from décor to fashion and of course, that means it’s going to be all over cakes too! The folks over at Dulux challenged me to create a cake inspired by the Colour of the Year and the Comforting Home Palette and boy, did I have fun!

Dulux - Comforting Home Colour Palette

Because store-bought sprinkles come in boring colours, I thought I’d show you how you can make your own – that way, you can make them in the Colour of the Year – or any other colour for that matter. Your cakes and bakes will be on-trend, and best of all, stand out from the crowd!

Homemade Sprinkles in the Comforting Home Colour Palette

Making your own DIY sprinkles is as easy as whipping up a batch of royal icing, colouring it and then piping it in strips (however thick you like) on a lined baking tray. Allow them to dry at room temperature and then break them up – easy!



I made mine in the Colour of the Year (Pictured Rocks) and a dusty pink to compliment the colour scheme of my cake.


Homemade Sprinkles

To mix the Pictured Rocks frosting, I used equal amounts of light purple powder colouring and tulip pink, and then added a touch of navy blue and a touch of black. Matching the frosting to the Dulux colour was actually easier than I thought it would be – give it a try, you’ll be surprised!

Homemade Sprinkles in Comforting Colour Palette

The Colour of the Year represents the warmth of natural wood and goes perfectly with shades of chocolate, coffee, toffee, vanilla frosting, and spices – warm comforting colours that look so decadent you just want to eat them!

Plate with frosting in the Dulux Comforting Home Colour Palette

I used a vanilla frosting as a base and tinted it in a variety of shades that go well with the grown-up pink. Then I had fun ‘painting’ the cake using an oil-painting effect with the frostings. Dab and smear blobs of different coloured frosting all along the side of the cake.

Cake with frostings in the Dulux colour of the year, Pictured Rocks

To give it wow-factor I topped it off with a big white chocolate sail (tinted with powder colouring), some white chocolate geometric shapes and of course, macarons to finish it off.

Cake inspired by the Comforting Home Palette and the Colour of the Year, Pictured rocks

This cake was a ridiculous amount of fun and the one thing I realized was that I’ll be taking more colour inspiration from paint palettes in the future!


Makes 2 cups of sprinkles

Royal icing

1 egg white, beaten

2 cups icing sugar, sifted

squeeze of lemon juice

To make the royal icing, whisk the egg white gently then add the icing sugar until a stiff paste forms. Add the lemon juice and stir. To make your own sprinkles, fill a piping bag fitted with small plain nozzle with coloured royal icing and pipe long strips of royal icing onto a piece of baking paper and allow to dry overnight or in a low oven (60 degrees). Once dry, break them up and mix the colours together. Store in an airtight jar.

Cake inspired by the Comforting Home Palette and the Colour of the Year, Pictured rocks


2 x A4 plastic acetate sheets (also known as transparency sheets – available from stationery shops)

500g white couverture chocolate, tempered OR good-quality white baking chocolate, melted

powder food colouring of your choice


Arrange two rolling pins or cylindrical objects on a countertop (these are going to be used to give the sails their wavy shapes). Place the acetate sheets on a clean counter. Colour the chocolate with the food colouring. Spread the white chocolate thinly over the sheets using a palette knife. Arrange the chocolate-coated sheet over the rolling pins or objects and leave them to set. Peel off the acetate and they’re now ready to be be used on the cake.