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DIY Sprinkle Letter Cake Toppers

diy letter cake toppers

There are times when a store bought cake topper gets the job done, but for all the times you want something super custom, it’s so helpful to know how to make your own. These sprinkle letter toppers are my go-to for creating celebratory cake toppers that spell out anything. Not only are they extra cute, they are so quick to whip up with a handful of things you probably already have on-hand (especially if you’re a sprinkle hoarder like me). 

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Cherry Chip Cake Recipe with Vintage Piping

cherry chip cake recipe by sugar and sparrow
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It’s not often that you see Betty Crocker’s Cherry Chip Cake mix at grocery stores these days, but it’s one of those flavors that evokes nostalgia for so many people. While I did not grow up eating Cherry Chip, so many of you asked for this flavor that I felt intrigued to give it a go. After all, how could you go wrong with a pink, maraschino cherry-flecked cake? Turns out you can’t go wrong. This cake is super fun to make, pretty to look at, and extremely delicious paired with this Cherry-Almond Buttercream. 

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Cream Cheese Buttercream Recipe

pipeable cream cheese buttercream
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I am so excited to share this Cream Cheese Buttercream recipe with you because it is one of my most requested frosting recipes of all time! Although I include it with my recipes for Red Velvet Cake, Pumpkin Layer Cake, Lemon Layer Cake, and Pumpkin Cupcakes, I finally decided to create a standalone post just for this frosting. It’s the perfect consistency for piping, frosting cakes smooth, and decorating cupcakes, all without being too sweet or complicated to make. It’s become my go-to and I hope you love it as much as I do! 

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Nutella Ganache Recipe for Drip Cakes

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When I realized that Nutella could be made into a ganache, I practically ran to the store to get a jar. Turns out it makes the shiniest, most beautiful cake drip ever, plus it tastes just like Nutella (aka chocolate hazelnut heaven) so it’s the most delicious of all ganaches in my humble opinion. If I had you at Nutella, you’re going to want to make this ganache asap and put it on everything. 

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Finally. The Perfect Vanilla Cake Recipe.

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I have a little confession to make: when I first started making cakes, my secret go-to for far too long was the box vanilla cake mix by Betty Crocker.

Phew. Now you know. 

Since I became accustomed to the light and fluffy texture of said box mix, every time I tried to make a vanilla cake from scratch, the result seemed off. Blame it on the lack of Propylene Glycol Mono (or the handful of other ingredients in box mixes that you’ve never heard of), but my from-scratch vanilla cakes always ended up too dense, tasted a little cornbread-ish, and just didn’t have that fluffy appeal. Finding a go-to vanilla cake recipe from scratch felt like a mountain I had to climb, but after (what felt like) five hundred tries and a whole lot of not giving up, I’ve found a recipe that is beyond my wildest cake dreams. 

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Favorite Valentine’s Day Cake Ideas

valentines day cake ideas by sugar and sparrow

Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, Singles Awareness Day – no matter what you’re celebrating this month, I’ve got the perfect thing to make it all the more special: cake. I’ve gathered all of my favorite love-themed designs and sensual cake recipes just in case you want to impress a special someone, need a fun cake project, or just want to eat some delicious cake. If you want to take things to the next level, you can even combine these decorating tutorials with any of the tasty recipes below. So many possibilities here! 

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Red Velvet Cake Recipe

red velvet cake recipe by sugar and sparrow

I’ve always been smitten with Red Velvet Cake. It’s quite the looker with that deep red crumb, and the subtle chocolate cake and cream cheese frosting combination is absolutely divine. Red Velvet is versatile too – it can be a fancy cake or completely hilarious (remember the armadillo cake in Steel Magnolias?), a total party hit or a cozy weekend bake, delicious all year round. It’s been on my list for awhile now, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner I thought now is the perfect time. Well, any time is really the perfect time. 

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Coffee Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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It’s my first blog post of the new year (Happy 2022!) and I don’t think there’s a better way to kick it off than with this delicious Coffee Buttercream recipe. After frosting my Peppermint Mocha Cake and Gingerbread Latte Cake with this glorious buttercream I decided it needed its very own recipe post. Chances are that if you’re reading this you’re already a big fan of coffee. If that’s the case, get ready to crave this frosting. It’ll blow your mind! 

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Sugar & Sparrow’s Best of 2021

top 9 cake recipes of 2021

I love the feeling of a new year right around the corner. Though I know I’m not exactly leaving all of this past year behind me, a new year still feels like a blank slate and that’s enough inspiration for me. This week between Christmas and New Years, I like to sit down and reflect on all that the last year has meant to me + think about the things I hope for in the next one. No resolutions, no “new year new me,” no competition mentality. This time is all about reflection, consideration, and also making a few goals because I am a dreamer after all. 

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Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cake Recipe

Peppermint hot cocoa layer cake recipe
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Hot cocoa is such a cozy drink on it’s own, but when you add peppermint, it basically becomes a cup of Holiday cheer! Now, imagine those flavors in cake form: layers of hot cocoa infused chocolate cake, peppermint buttercream, and some marshmallow creme filling to bring it all together. It’s the perfect blend of festive flavors and makes an eye-catching centerpiece for your Holiday dessert table!

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