Tag: cake

Tips For Perfect Chocolate Ganache Drip Cakes

tips for perfect chocolate ganache drip cakes

One of my favorite easy things to dress up a cake is to do a chocolate ganache drip finish. Over the years, my ability to create the drip look has definitely grown, and I get tons of questions asking what my secret is. The truth is, chocolate ganache has definitely put me through the wringer before, especially white chocolate ganache, which used to be my absolute nemesis. Don’t worry, I’ll share my secrets for white chocolate ganache another day because it deserves it’s very own post (but if you’re dying to know my white chocolate ganache recipe I’ve included it in the recipe notes below).

True chocolate ganache has tested my patience as well, but after figuring out the perfect ratio for chocolate to heavy whipping cream and learning the do’s and dont’s of drip cakes, I’ve got it down to a science these days. And now you will too!

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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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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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Sprinkled White Chocolate Cupcake Toppers

sprinkled white chocolate mini discs by Sugar and Sparrow

This cupcake topper tutorial originally appeared as a guest post on SprinklePop’s blog. It’s too good not to re-share here – it’s one of my favorite looks for topping cupcakes and so easy to whip up. Enjoy!

One of my very favorite mediums for creating cake and cupcake toppers is white chocolate. Not only is it versatile and easy to work with, it actually tastes good. And with some pretty additions like this eye-catching Sea Glass sprinkle mix and a food color gel marble effect, it’s downright beautiful! PS: the thing I love about these SprinklePop sprinkles is that they actually taste good too (the larger sprinkles are actually Sixlets!), so you get pretty color and texture without sacrificing flavor – a total win win!

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How To Make A Spatula Painted Cake

colorful buttercream cake by sugar and sparrow

A few months ago, I got the opportunity to try this spatula painted buttercream technique on a wedding cake and it was so much fun! I had a beautiful buttercream color palette to work with (terracotta + blush + cream + burgundy) and wanted to create something eye-catching and different. Using this technique turned out to be so easy and beautiful and I couldn’t wait to try it again. So naturally, after getting my hands on this amazing AmeriColor Nifty Fifty color gel kit, the first thing I thought to do was create a spatula painted cake with another fun color palette!

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Rainbow Funfetti Cake Recipe

funfetti cake recipe from scratch

If you’d have asked me what my favorite kind of cake was as a kid, I would reply without hesitation that it was Funfetti (specifically the Pillsbury box mix) with the canned rainbow chip frosting to match. The frosting came with a little pouch of rainbow chips that you could mix in by hand, so it felt like a fun little project. To this day, Funfetti cake remains my most popular flavor request from people of all ages, and for all kinds of events (even weddings!). There’s something about the sprinkles baked right into the cake that gets people jazzed, and for good reason. It’s basically a party waiting to happen!

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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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Chocolate Geometric Shapes Tutorial

white chocolate matcha cake by sugar and sparrow

I wouldn’t consider myself a chocolatier per se, but I am a big fan of making simple geometric chocolate shapes (mainly circles and triangles) to top my cakes and cupcakes with. It all started when I saw the chocolate shard trend take off on Instagram and it made me wonder how hard it could be. The good news is, it’s pretty darn easy if you’ve got a plan and some good tempered chocolate to start with.

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How To Create Striped Buttercream Cakes

striped buttercream cake tutorial by sugar and sparrow

If there’s one thing you should know about my personal style, it’s the fact that I love all things striped. Wearing them, looking at them, and incorporating them into my cake designs whenever possible. They’re just a few of my favorite things. I first tried this horizontal striped buttercream technique about a year ago, and I was so skeptical at the thought of creating perfectly sized stripes by piping them with my own hands. I was certain that they would be wonky, but the stripes actually turned out near perfect and I was surprised at how easy it was to get the look with steady hands, a good cake turntable, and a few piping bags. And now you’ll get to see how easy it is! 

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Watercolor Ombrè Buttercream Tutorial

how to create watercolor buttercream finish

Of all the things you can paint with, buttercream remains one my favorite artistic mediums. Yes, it’s only temporary art because it’s the edible kind, but there are so many ways you can get creative with colors and techniques! One of the simplest edible art projects you can do is create a watercolor buttercream masterpiece as a cake finish, and although this tutorial focuses on how to get the look with a watercolor ombre, you can easily use this same technique on your entire cake.

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