Category: Tutorials

How To Create Striped Buttercream Cakes With A Cake Comb

striped cake tutorial

Ever since I picked up this set of Wilton Cake Combs from my local JOANN, I have been absolutely obsessed with making striped buttercream cakes. Before cake combs became part of my life, I was getting the striped buttercream look using piping bags, but my hands aren’t the steadiest so I’d always end up with stripes that were uneven and a bit wonky. Being the perfectionist I am, I’ve been loving how these cake combs do all the hard work of creating perfectly spaced stripes for me! And after a few rounds with them, I’ve learned all the secrets of ensuring flawless buttercream stripes, every time. 

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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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DIY Candy Melt Honeycomb For A Bee Cake

I recently had the opportunity to create this bee-themed cake for Thistle & Lace, and as I was during the design planning process I knew I had to incorporate honeycomb in some way. The black and yellow buttercream stripes were a given, but adding the texture of honeycomb really made the cake come alive. There’s a really quick way to make DIY “honeycomb” for cake decorating, and I want to share the technique with you in this super quick tutorial (especially if you’re planning a bee-themed cake of your own!).

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Floral Sheet Cake Tutorial

floral sheet cake tutorial

My momma was the queen of birthday sheet cakes. She baked them in her favorite casserole dish and served them up for every one of my birthdays as a kid, always covered in canned frosting and that grocery store tube gel for writing out Happy Birthday. It’s so nostalgic for me to see those little gel tubes hanging at the grocery store nowadays! I think casserole dish sheet cakes might have been a 90’s thing, but I want to bring them back in a big way. After a trip to my local JOANN store, I found the perfect piping tip set to make it happen!

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Buttercream Painted Floral Cake

buttercream painted flower cake

It’s no secret that I love painting with buttercream. It makes the perfect medium for spatula painted cakes, abstract styles, and this entirely new artistic expression (for me): impressionist florals. This little cake is pretty as a painting, right? Only 100% tastier than a painting!

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Striped Buttercream Circus Animals Party Cake

pink and white striped circus cake with sprinkles

This tutorial was originally a guest post I wrote for SprinklePop’s blog. It’s too good not to re-share here, mostly because these Circus Animals-inspired sprinkles are so nostalgic and they were the perfect finishing touch for this party cake. Enjoy!

In my memories of childhood snacks, Circus Animals were an extra special treat. My eyes still get wide when I see the iconic pink and white frosted cookies covered in sprinkles, so when I found out that this A Frosted Affair sprinkle mix by SprinklePop was largely inspired by them, my heart definitely soared! I just knew I had to create a fun pink and white sprinkled cake with major Circus Animal cookie vibes to celebrate my love for all of it.

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Mini Geode Cupcake Toppers Tutorial

DIY geode cupcakes

I’m really dazzled by geodes (who isn’t?!) and have been dying to make some sort of geode-inspired edible creation for quite some time now. So when JOANN sent me these Sweet Tooth Fairy Rock Candies in the prettiest jewel-toned colors, I considered it the perfect opportunity to bring my creative vision to life! After some experimentation, I found an easy way to whip up these tasty mini geode cupcake toppers and I couldn’t be more happy with how they turned out. Just look at these gorgeous little toppers:

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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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Pastel Rainbow Birthday Cake Tutorial

birthday cake tutorial

Something totally magical happened this week – I got the opportunity to do an Instagram takeover for the one and only Wilton! They’ve been my favorite supplier of cake decorating tools for forever, so to say I was elated would be an understatement. For my takeover tutorial, I showed how to create a whimsical birthday cake that’s as easy to make as it is eye-catching, and I want to share it in blog post form for you here. This fun cake design will make any birthday feel extra special:

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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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