Category: Lifestyle

A Totally Fetch Mean Girls Party

mean girls quote cake

Last week, I got to help plan a party. Not just any party though, there was a surprise Mean Girls theme involved! I was hyperventilating with excitement from the time we started planning to the time of the big reveal. I’m pretty sure that Sue from SNL is my kindred spirit.

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Portland To San Francisco Road Trip

portland to san francisco road trip

To celebrate four wonderful years of marriage, my husband and I packed our bags and headed to a place we’ve never been before: San Francisco, California. We were debating whether to fly or drive, and after looking at the driving route we realized there were a few places on the way down we have always wanted to go. It was about a twelve hour drive with all the stops we planned, but we split the driving between two days and had an amazing time!

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San Francisco Favorites: What To Do

view of golden gate bridge

As soon as we drove over the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time, I felt like Kevin McAllister in Home Alone 2 (you know, the scene where he’s awestruck taking the taxi over the Brooklyn Bridge) and just wanted to stick my head out of the window and marvel at the city ahead. Instead, I kept my head inside the car because the Lyft driver would have probably scolded me, but I was smitten nonetheless! The weather in San Francisco was beautiful and sunny the whole time, so everything looked very picturesque and we got to see and do a whole lot. The only limitation we had was the fact that we only had two full days to do it all.

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San Francisco Favorites: What To Eat

tartine bakery san francisco review

Living in Portland has given me access to some incredible, unique eateries. Whenever I travel, I usually enjoy the food in other places, but I’m always a little more impressed (and blessed!) by the food of our hometown. I did not expect to be completely floored by all the food I got to eat in San Francisco, but I was. It made Portland seem like baby food! Well, really good gourmet baby food. Ok, that’s still a total overstatement but you get what I mean.   

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The Americolor Nifty Fifty Kit Giveaway!

Americolor Nifty Fifty Kit

In all my years of caking, Americolor has been my favorite when it comes to food color gels. They make them in just about every color you can think of, and are constantly rolling out new additions to their soft gel paste offering. Whenever I’ve needed a super specific color and don’t want to spend a bunch of time custom mixing a shade of buttercream, I’d scroll through Americolor’s shop and order the perfect hue. And the soft gel pastes help color more than just buttercream – you can use them to tint fondant, royal icing, macarons, cookie dough, cake batter, gum paste, and so much more!

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Reflecting On My Cake Journey + Lessons Learned

Sugar and Sparrow lessons learned in cake decorating

Well holy smokes. To my absolute amazement, there are over 10,000 people following along my cake journey on Instagram! In true fashion, I had to celebrate by making a cake. Since it was such a golden moment in my little cake adventure, I decided to incorporate some gold into the cake design. By the way, this Rolkem Super Gold is my new favorite for all things metallic, because my goodness. Look how shiny! And this stuff is painted right onto the buttercream!! Don’t worry, I’ve got a tutorial for how to paint a buttercream cake metallic coming your way.

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The Dreamiest Wedding Photoshoot With Mae & Co

rustic italian dream wedding by kristina kay photography

A few months ago I got an email from Manda at Mae & Co asking me to collaborate on a styled wedding photoshoot by creating some pretty cakes. Little did I know how insanely good she is at what she does, and I was beyond blown away seeing her creative vision come to life. The theme was Rustic Italian Dream, and the color palette she sent over was dreamy as could be. When I walked in to the venue and saw everything coming together, from intricate floral work and tablescapes to the most beautiful wedding dresses I have ever seen, I was sold on the fact that Manda is a styling wizard. If you’re planning a wedding or elopement and want it to be the most stunning day of your life, you need to call her up. She will take care of everything.

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A Year Older, A New Birthday Cake Recipe

birthday cake recipe by sugar and sparrow

Huzzah! It’s my birthday! Well, technically it was last week but I’m still celebrating. I’m a whopping 32 years old now, and although I usually dread birthdays because of the whole getting older thing, this year I’m feeling pretty content. I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time with my very most favorite people, and I’m feeling so truly loved that I just can’t complain.

When you’re a caker it’s quite common to make your own birthday cakes, and this year was no exception. I thought about making something classic and reminiscent of my childhood (like yellow cake with chocolate frosting, the all-time favorite of my youth) but then I thought, why not use my birthday as an excuse to pair some flavors I love in a way that I’ve never done before? Even if it didn’t turn out right, it could be a good laugh. But spoiler alert: it turned out real good!

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Welcome To Sugar & Sparrow!

Whitney of Sugar and Sparrow

Hi there! I am so glad you’re here. Starting a cake blog has been a dream of mine for a long time, and I’m so thrilled to finally welcome you here.

I wanted to share a little bit about myself so you can get to know the lady behind all the buttercream. My name is Whitney and my love for baked goods started decades ago, side by side with my momma in the kitchen. She had a real knack for making whatever she baked taste so special (she would say it was the love she put in – total mom thing to say). From Christmas cookies to lemon squares and apple crisp, I was glued to her side, mixing up the dough and sneaking the occasional spoonful.

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