Tag: cupcakes

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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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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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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10 Easy Ways To Frost A Cupcake

10 ways to frost a cupcake

When I first started baking cupcakes, frosting them was as simple as using a butter knife to heap the buttercream on top. Sure, you can do some cool stuff with a butter knife (can you really?), but the right piping tips and techniques make all the difference when it comes to decorating cupcakes that look uniform, professional, and sometimes too pretty to eat. My very first piping tip was the ultra-versatile Wilton 1M, and it’s still one of my go-to’s for creating buttercream designs on cupcakes. Today I’m going to talk about four of my favorite piping tips for decorating cupcakes, the 1M tip included, and 10 easy (and eye-catching!) looks you can create with them.

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5 Easy Designs For Buttercream Flower Cupcakes

DIY buttercream flower cupcakes

When the Spring flowers start blooming, a few magical things happen: my happiness level increases almost instantly (I always forget how beautiful Portland gets after a long, rainy Winter!) and I get super inspired to incorporate floral work into my cake and cupcake designs. I’ve taught myself quite a few techniques for creating buttercream blooms over the past year, and I want to pass along some of that knowledge to you with these five super easy floral cupcake designs. They’re perfect for your next Spring-inspired spread, celebrating Mother’s Day, or any ol’ day!

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Welcome To Sugar & Sparrow!

Whitney of Sugar and Sparrow

Hi there! I am so glad you’re here. Starting a cake blog has been a dream of mine for a long time, and I’m so thrilled to finally welcome you here.

I wanted to share a little bit about myself so you can get to know the lady behind all the buttercream. My name is Whitney and my love for baked goods started decades ago, side by side with my momma in the kitchen. She had a real knack for making whatever she baked taste so special (she would say it was the love she put in – total mom thing to say). From Christmas cookies to lemon squares and apple crisp, I was glued to her side, mixing up the dough and sneaking the occasional spoonful.

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My Favorite Piping Tip: Wilton 4B

wilton piping tip 4b

When I first started making cakes, I was so pleased to find out that my local craft store had a whole two aisles full of cake decorating supplies! All of the tools in those aisles were Wilton and they became the foundation of my toolset for years to come. Although I have incorporated some other brands into my cake decorating arsenal I am most definitely still a huge fan of Wilton, especially since their tools have taken a beating from me over the last several years and have held up pristinely.

I wanted to shed a spotlight on my favorite piping tip of all time, the classic Wilton 4B. It’s an open star tip that I’ve come to love for creating unique designs on cakes and cupcakes. It really shines when you get a little crafty with color.

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Freeze Dried Raspberry Buttercream Recipe

raspberry buttercream recipe by sugar and sparrow

The other day I had an epiphany while I was perusing the aisles at Trader Joe’s. I stumbled upon their selection of freeze dried fruits and when I saw the raspberries I knew I had to try them in a buttercream recipe. The results? Absolutely flawless flavor, not too sweet (like when you use raspberry jam or preserves), not watery (like when you use fresh raspberries), and so easy to work with!

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