Category: Lifestyle

The Cutest Beach Cupcakes

beach cupcakes by Sugar and Sparrow

Summer is finally here and I could not be more thrilled about it! Probably because where I live, this is the only season where we have three pretty consecutive months of sun (as opposed to gloom), and all I want to do is bask in it. One of my favorite places to be this time of year is the beach, which is entirely what inspired these Beach Cupcakes I created for The Cake Blog.

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Bee Themed Cake with Thistle & Lace Cake Toppers

happy bee day cake topper

Whether you’ve got a wedding, birthday, anniversary, or anything to celebrate with cake, one thing is for sure: a custom cake topper will make it extra special, effortlessly! My favorite place to find cake and cupcake toppers for special occasions is a sweet online shop called Thistle & Lace. From ready-to-order cake toppers to completely custom toppers like monograms, names, and sayings, Thistle & Lace has the perfect cake topper for any event, all designed and handcrafted with love. And great new: you can use my code SUGAR15 to get 15% off your order, valid until June 30th!

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Sugar & Sparrow Is ONE!

Sugar and Sparrow blog

And just like that, I have a one year old (my blog baby, of course)! I can’t believe it’s only been a year since I launched Sugar & Sparrow, and I am so, so happy I pressed the publish button back then. It’s been such a joy to share my recipes and cake decorating tutorials with you, and I’m looking forward to all that’s to come! I’ve just got all the feels about this.

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Rainbow Candy Mosaic Cake

pastel candy cake

As soon as Easter candy hits the shelves I can’t help but be dazzled by all the pretty pastel colors! I was so starry-eyed over these Easter M&M’s that I decided to use them as a cake finish for this Rainbow Candy Mosaic Cake, and I couldn’t love the look more. If you’re as into it as I am, I’m showing you how to make this easy little showstopper over on The Cake Blog! Head over there for the full tutorial and tips for candy mosaic success. In the meantime, just look at this beauty:

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Amalfi Dècor Cake Stand Giveaway!

amalfi decor modern gold cake stand

A few weeks ago, Amalfi Dècor sent me two of their gorgeous cake stands and I have been so in love with them. They’ve got a whole collection of beautiful dessert stands that range from modern to elegant, and the good news for you is that I’ve partnered with them for an Instagram giveaway! Now is your chance to win a dessert stand of your choice from the Amalfi Dècor collection, and I just know your cakes and bakes are going to look so fabulous sitting on top of any of these beauties.

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SugarBearHair Vitamins Cake Collaboration

sugarbearhair vitamins on a cake

When you think of hair vitamins, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? I’ve always thought swallowing a big, chalky pill was the only way to get all the nutrients I need for my hair. So when SugarBearHair reached out and asked me to create a cake design with their gummy vitamins and sent me a few bottles for inspiration, I was really excited to try them out (both for the health of my hair and for the sake of testing products firsthand before I promote them). It’s been a month and a half now and I can honestly say that the look and feel of my hair has improved – it’s softer, shinier, thicker than ever, and has grown about an inch (updated 2/18/19)! So to celebrate these tasty little gummies that have become part of my beauty regimen, a cake was in order.

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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

gifts for bakers and cake decorating

I know Christmas isn’t just about presents, but there’s something special about getting meaningful things from (and for!) the people you love. You know, those gifts that make you feel known. This year I got quite a few special cake-related things along those lines, and I wanted to share them with you because they’re just so good:

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New Years Goals (Not Resolutions)

New Years cake by sugar and sparrow

Happy 2019, everyone! What a better way to kick off the new year than to make a cake and have a slice while dreaming about the year to come? That’s completely my jam because a) I love cake and b) I get super excited about goals. Always have, always will. I’m the kind of person who keeps daily to-do lists just so I can check things off (it apparently releases dopamine which kindof makes me an achievement addict) but as New Year’s rolls around, I take those dreams I’ve been thinking about all year and write them out. And I kick it all off by topping a cake with these festive number sparklers by TOPS Malibu. I’ve got all the heart eyes!

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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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