Tag: buttercream

A Guide to Coloring Buttercream Frosting

how to color buttercream frosting with color gels

I think one of the coolest things about cake is how artistic it can be, and a big part of that comes from the freedom to create any buttercream color you could possibly imagine! In fact, when planning out my cakes I love to nerd out on the color palette and get a real thrill when the colors turn out exactly how I pictured. As with anything, getting my buttercream shades just right has come with tons of practice and finding products I love to help make it happen. 

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Coffee Layer Cake With Vanilla Espresso Buttercream

coffee layer cake recipe by Sugar and Sparrow

If you’re reading this, chances are you love coffee as much as I do (or you’re here for a coffee loving friend). I don’t know about your city’s coffee situation, but we Portlanders are spoiled when it comes to good coffee. I wouldn’t call myself a coffee connoisseur per se, but I know what a good cup tastes like. So when I set out to configure the perfect coffee layer cake recipe, I wanted to capture the rich and aromatic flavor of the good stuff. The only way to do that is to use rich and aromatic coffee beans in the recipe!

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Basic Vanilla Buttercream Recipe

vanilla buttercream recipe by Sugar and Sparrow

I’ve tested a ton of buttercream recipes in my day, but my go-to is a super simple American buttercream recipe that I’ve tweaked to my liking. I’ve used this recipe for frosting countless cakes and cupcakes and I’m a big believer that a good vanilla buttercream is something every baker should have in their recipe box. There’s nothing fancy about the way this recipe is made, but it will certainly taste like you whipped up something special!

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Heart Covered Valentine Cake Tutorial

Valentines Day Cake tutorial

I recently got to whip up a Valentine’s Day cake for The Cake Blog and it turned out so gorgeous I think it might deserve it’s own power ballad! The rose gold color palette and matching sprinkles are everything. And if you zoom in, you’ll see that all the hearts on this cake are filled in with pretty piping to give it even more texture. Whether you’re planning a Valentine’s Day party this year or want to bake something beautiful to impress your honey, I think this is the cake for you

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Festive Christmas Wreath Cupcakes Tutorial

buttercream holiday wreath cupcake decorating tutorial

As I was out for a wintery walk the other day, I couldn’t help but notice pretty Christmas wreaths adorning the doors in my neighborhood and it dawned on me – I’ve never made any wreath inspired cake projects before! So when The Cake Blog asked me to create a Holiday inspired project this month, I knew just what to do. I put on my Christmas playlist, poured a cup of cocoa, and got to work piping these three different Christmas wreath designs. Behold these festive cuties: 

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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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Spatula Painted Cupcakes Tutorial

spatula painted cupcakes by sugar and sparrow

Decorating with the spatula painted technique has proven to be one of my very favorite ways to add color and texture to cakes. It’s one of the easiest techniques ever, and I’ve found it to be really therapeutic to put on a great album, mix up a fun buttercream color palette, and swipe away. Since it’s such great art therapy, I was pondering other ways to incorporate the technique into cake decorating when I realized – why not try it on cupcakes? I tested it out over the weekend and am so in love with how they turned out!

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Merry & Bright Christmas Cake

merry and bright christmas cake by sugar and sparrow

How are the Holidays treating you? I’m in full on Christmas spirit mode over here, with so many ideas for festive Holiday cakes and no time to do them all! I like to really sink into this season because there are so many fun things to do with friends and family, and although I love decorating Holiday-themed cakes I try not to spend too much time in the kitchen this time of year because I don’t want to miss any festivities. This Merry & Bright cake was at the tippy top of the list though – it’s the second year in a row I’ve made this design, and I just had to share it with you because it’s so easy to recreate!

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Salted Caramel Buttercream Recipe

caramel buttercream recipe by sugar and sparrow

One of my favorite things to do with my homemade salted caramel recipe is incorporate it into buttercream. It ends up being such an awesome blend of sweet and salty, perfect for topping cakes and cupcakes or using as a cake filling. It can transform basic cake flavors like chocolate and vanilla into something above and beyond, and it also adds complexity to Fall-inspired flavors like apple spice cake. Whatever flavors you love pairing with caramel, this salted caramel buttercream is magic!

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Gradient Rainbow Buttercream Cake Tutorial

rainbow buttercream cake by sugar and sparrow

If you’ve been following along on my Instagram, you know that I’ve been completely nerding out on my Americolor Nifty Fifty Kit. Having 50 beautiful food color gels in my collection has been a complete game changer when it comes to coloring buttercream (and all the edible things!) and I’ve gotten to create some really cool, colorful cakes since getting the kit. You can see a few of the cakes I’ve created, real life color swatches, and read more about the kit in this post, but today I want to talk about this gradient rainbow cake. Can you believe it features 20 different colors from the Nifty Fifty Kit? I am in love.

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