photos by Jared Smith
Happy birthday to us! Okay, so technically our 4th blog birthday is tomorrow, but hey, I’m one of those “my birthday lasts an entire week” people, so we got the party started a little early with this DIY macaron cake. It was only fitting with my macaron obsession, right?
Not only are we showing you how to make this super simple cake decoration, but we’re also announcing the line up for our ENTIRE week long of giveaways starting tomorrow! I’m so pumped, I think you’re going to really love it!
We’ve teamed up with some of our favorites brands (Hint: Anthropologie, Rejuvenation, Brooklyn Bicycles, and more!) to bring you some serious freebies you won’t want to miss, so be sure to follow along with #sugarandclothfavethings and check the blog everyday this week so you don’t miss any! We even kicked things off with an Instagram giveaway here, but there’s plenty more where that came from. In the meantime, let’s eat — I mean decorate — cake!…
I had my first slice of olive oil cake at a local pop-up dinner a few months ago, and I have seriously been thinking about it ever since! HOW have I never known about olive oil cake before?! At first the name of it kind of grossed me out, but it is seriously the moistest, most delicious cake of all time. I tried my hand at them for the first time last weekend by whipping up these lemon orange olive oil cupcakes as a citrusy twist for Summer, and they were a hit!
My first batch was a bit of a let down because I didn’t use enough olive oil to make it as moist as I would have liked, so the second time around I mixed lemon infused oil and extra virgin olive oil for the perfect combo! Horray for that happy accident, cause it really could have gone either way when I’m in charge, ha!…
photos by Jared Smith
I’m not even kidding when I tell you that I bought this cake carrier literally over a year ago with every intention of giving it a DIY facelift, but I could never quite decide what to do to it until last week. I’m actually super impressed with myself that I could even still find all of the pieces after a studio move and another year’s worth of hoarding other projects, but alas, it has survived and is now a much cuter DIY retro cake carrier then before!
It wasn’t a bad before, but it just wasn’t quite “me”, ya know? So I did some mixing up of the colors and font, and I happen to have discovered a food safe shellac that has COMPLETELY changed my spray painting world forever (I can now spray paint all of the kitchen things)! The best part is you still have plenty of time to whip up one of these cute little carriers before your holiday parties this year, because if you’re anything like me, the delivery has to be as cute as the sweets themselves (#OCD)!…
There is no shame in claiming box cake as your own (guilty!), but after many failed attempts in decorating, I, Rachael, have decided to leave the delicate frosted details up to the professionals! Instead, I’m going to show you an easy way to bump up your “homemade” cake to “party worthy” status with this DIY paper flower cake topper that you can definitely recreate at home.
Not only are paper flowers unmistakably original, but they’re also almost always served with a side of ooh’s and ahh’s come dessert time! All you need are a few simple materials to get started…
photos by Inked Fingers
Recently, at the hands of some well-meaning girlfriends, I, Carly, succumbed to what some might call the “I’m-pushing-30” peer pressure to join a local bootcamp. So, every morning I now wake up before 5am, stumble into my kitchen, drink my coffee with my eyes still closed, and head off to camp. There I spend the next hour of my life running, jumping, lifting, and lunging until I can lunge no more, all in the name of fitness. Sounds exciting, right? Well, I honestly have no reason for telling you about any of it, except to help you fully understand just how much I’ve been thinking about cake lately, so this DIY abstract floral pattern cake is no coincidence as far as timing!
Lucky for me, these same girlfriends of mine like to regularly host fabulous dinner parties. Ones where we all gather around bottles of wine while we cook each other all sorts of delicious foods and eat to our hearts’ content. It’s wonderful, for so many reasons, but it also affords me the perfect opportunity to make (and eat) some truly amazing cake.
Now of course, for nights as special as these, I can’t just show up with any old cake. But let’s be honest, who has the time, energy, or talent to make a show-stopping cake worthy of television show glory? Well I’m glad you asked, my friend, because YOU do, and I’m going to show you how…
photos by Jared Smith
You may be asking yourself “how in the world is this a unicorn cake, and why would someone make that?”. Well, that’s a great question, and technically I have no idea other than the fact that every time I look at this cake that we created with Monica from Paper Flour Ink (and based off of the amazingly talented Katherine Sabbath‘s designs!), is that it looks like unicorn food. So naturally one should just roll with that, right? To bring it back down to earth a bit I am sharing a classic strawberry cake with coconut buttercream icing to go with, so don’t just me too much! Or do, and I’ll just eat my feeling in unicorn food in the meantime.
But seriously though, who wouldn’t love a cake with a little bit of everything on it? I think if you made one of these bad boy’s and sat it in front of your kid for their next birthday they might actually pass out from excitement (or maybe I was just that kid..). Either way, macarons on top are always a good idea….