Month: May 2018

White Chocolate Milk Splash Tutorial

white chocolate milksplash cake topper by sugar and sparrow

As the topper for my Milk and Cereal Cake, I ended up creating a white chocolate “milk splash” to make it look like cereal milk was coming up out of the cake. Bringing the idea to life definitely took a few tries, because the techniques I initially thought would work ended up being complete disasters. After researching chocolate techniques, studying milk splash photography, and watching a few YouTube videos, I discovered a way to replicate the look with white chocolate. And now you’ll be able to get the look too!

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Milk And Cereal Cake Recipe

milk and cereal cake recipe by sugar and sparrow

Ah, milk and cereal. They’re a match made in heaven, and nostalgic as heck. I can remember many a Saturday morning curled up in front of the TV with a bowl of milk and cereal in hand – it was a true staple in my childhood diet. The idea of translating those flavors into a cake didn’t occur to me until a year ago, when a friend of mine was having a cereal-themed birthday party. I thought it was such a fun and playful idea for a cake, and although I didn’t start testing flavors just then, I added it to my list of future cake ideas and the dream was alive.

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How To Make Fresh Flowers Safe For Cakes

There’s something about working with fresh flowers in the cake decorating process that gets me so excited! The thrill always starts at the flower shop, because I really get to nerd out on different combinations of blooms. With a color palette in mind, I love to play around with different textures and varieties of flowers. But deciding on a good floral palette involves more than just what will look best – the flowers have to actually be safe for cakes.

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How To Frost A Flawless Semi-Naked Cake

how to frost semi naked buttercream cake

If there’s one thing that always looks good semi-naked, it’s a cake. The barely-there buttercream is such a versatile look that works well for almost any kind of event. Whether you dress it with fresh flowers, drip it with ganache, or tint the buttercream, you can get pretty creative with this rustic or minimalist look. And the best part is, the semi-naked technique is extremely easy. You just need to know a few key things before attempting it to set yourself up for success.

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DIY Gumpaste Letter Cupcake Toppers

how to make gumpaste fondant letter topper

The other day I got a request to make a customized letter topper for a cupcake in one of my orders. I’ll admit, I’d actually never made a monogram cupcake topper before but I’m always up for a challenge (a great and terrible quality to have, depending on the situation). Fortunately, this ended up being an incredibly easy DIY and totally customizable for whatever vibe you’re going for, from the font to the finish!

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Favorite Matcha Cake Recipe

Tea bar green tea cake by Sugar and Sparrow

I’ve got a major business crush on Tea Bar for a few reasons: their tea is organic and ethically sourced, the drinks they make with it are innovative (and delicious!), and their entire team is made up of strong, inspiring women. They’ve made a mark on the Portland tea market but I can easily see them taking over the world. After all, who doesn’t love a good cup of golden milk or a matcha latte? If you’re a Portlander and have never been, give them a try next time you want to meet up with a friend!

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5 Easy Designs For Buttercream Flower Cupcakes

DIY buttercream flower cupcakes

When the Spring flowers start blooming, a few magical things happen: my happiness level increases almost instantly (I always forget how beautiful Portland gets after a long, rainy Winter!) and I get super inspired to incorporate floral work into my cake and cupcake designs. I’ve taught myself quite a few techniques for creating buttercream blooms over the past year, and I want to pass along some of that knowledge to you with these five super easy floral cupcake designs. They’re perfect for your next Spring-inspired spread, celebrating Mother’s Day, or any ol’ day!

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The Tastiest Churro Cake Recipe

churro cake by sugar and sparrow

What’s better than a churro? A churro CAKE of course. Especially when it’s topped with my favorite local xurros from 180pdx (if you’re a Portlander or ever come to visit, this spot is a must). Creating a churro cake has been on my list of ideas for a long time, and I’m so proud to bring you the result of my kitchen experimentation. Behold! 

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