Category: Recipes

Pumpkin Chocolate Marble Cake with Brown Butter Frosting

pumpkin chocolate marble cake by sugar and sparrow

I’ve been dying to try a marble cake for awhile now and the thing that’s kept me from it was the thought of making two different cake batters. It sounded like too much effort just to have a pretty marble effect. BUT after some research it turns out there’s a way to make two different flavors from the same cake batter. A revolutionary idea! So in the spirit of Fall, I introduce to you my very first marble cake ever: pumpkin and chocolate swirled together in the same cozy cake layers. 

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Easy Salted Caramel Recipe

easy salted caramel recipe by sugar and sparrow

When it comes to salted caramel, this recipe is as versatile as can be. I’ve used it to drip cakes, drizzle cupcakes, coat apples, top ice cream, and have even whipped it up into salted caramel buttercream! It’s one of my forever go-to’s that has never let me down. If you’ve ever struggled with salted caramel before, I hope this one becomes your fail-proof friend.

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Blackberry Crisp Layer Cake

blackberry crisp layer cake recipe by sugar and sparrow
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There’s this blackberry bramble in my yard that gets a little out of control every summer, which I am completely okay with because I can’t help but bake those berries up into all sorts of delicious things. I usually go for a blackberry crisp, blackberry pie, or basically any blackberry dessert I can enjoy a la mode. This year I decided it was time to get a little wild and make a full-on cake recipe with our blackberry harvest and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. It started out as a simple blackberry cake with blackberry buttercream, but before I knew it I was swirling blackberry purèe into cake batter and baking crumble topping to sprinkle between layers. The result is the most delicious blackberry crisp inspired cake and I could not be more happy with how it turned out!

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The Ultimate S’mores Ice Cream Cake

smores ice cream cake recipe with hot fudge
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Every time I make a new no-churn ice cream flavor, my imagination bursts with more recipe ideas. I can’t help but be inspired and I’m totally rolling with it! In this case, my no-churn s’mores ice cream recipe got me thinking about how amazing it would be in ice cream cake form.  And because you probably know by now that I cannot resist a s’more under any circumstances, making this s’mores ice cream cake recipe shot to the top of my list of things to try.  I am beyond happy with how it turned out! Just look at this beauty: 

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Favorite Strawberry Buttercream Recipe

strawberry buttercream recipe
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This strawberry buttercream recipe has been my go-to for years, and it’s about time it gets its very own recipe post! Up until now you might have seen this beautiful buttercream on my strawberry cake recipe and my strawberry lemonade cake recipe, but this frosting deserves to be a star all on its own. It’s silky smooth, bursting with strawberry flavor, flecked with bits of berries, naturally pink, and so easy to whip up. If you’ve been on the hunt for the perfect strawberry buttercream recipe, this is it

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No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

no-churn strawberry ice cream recipe
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Let it be known that this is the summer I fell in love with no-churn ice cream! Up until now I’ve hesitated to try making ice cream, mostly because I’ve heard traditional ice cream recipes can sometimes turn out with an eggy taste. Maybe someday I’ll end up trying one of the more complicated recipes but for now, the no-churn method is totally rocking my world. It started with this mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe and now I’m over the moon for this no-churn strawberry ice cream. It’s so easy and absolutely delicious!

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Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

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After I started experimenting with no-churn ice cream this summer, my husband casually mentioned that I should try making a neapolitan ice cream cake. I will admit, I was skeptical at first because my only memories of eating neapolitan ice cream as a kid involved eating just the chocolate part. I went along with the ice cream cake idea to appease him and also I thought it would be a fun little project. Lo and behold, I have come out the other side a complete neapolitan ice cream fan. The chocolate-vanilla-strawberry flavors are perfect together and I can’t believe it took me this long to realize it! 

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No-Churn S’mores Ice Cream

no churn smores ice cream recipe
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It’s finally starting to get hot here in Portland, which means less wanting to use the oven and way more ice cream cravings. Ever since I learned how to make ice cream the easy way (no-churn), my imagination has been bursting with flavor ideas that keep making their way to my must-try list. And since s’mores are one of my all time favorite flavors, it was only a matter of time before I attempted to create the iconic summer treat in ice cream form. It was so much fun to make and SO DELICIOUS. 

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Lemon Lavender Cake Recipe

lemon lavender cake recipe
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I’ve been dreaming of the perfect lemon lavender cake for quite some time now. But while I have a lemon cake recipe that I already love, I was a little scared to try making lavender buttercream because of how easy it is to overdo the flavor. So in my best effort to not let the buttercream taste like soap, I tried something new. I infused some milk with culinary lavender, added it to the buttercream, and ended up with the perfect amount of flavor. It pairs so perfectly with this lemon cake and the whole concoction is a pure delight to eat! 

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Lavender Buttercream Frosting

lavender buttercream recipe
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I love everything about lavender, especially the flavor. It’s light and refreshing, earthy, aeromatic, and just downright delightful. So after buying some dried culinary lavender on a whim last week, I decided to try making the perfect lavender buttercream. I actually ended up with a lot more lavender than expected, so aside from perfecting this lavender buttercream recipe I’ve been planning to make all sorts of things with it: lavender simple syrup for my coffee and no churn lavender ice cream to name a few. But first, just look at this buttercream. 

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