This Homemade BEE-utiful Birthday Cake was a creation that I made for my mother's birthday. I got my inspiration from my mom's newest hobby, bee keeping. When I set out to create this cake I knew that I was going to have to be a bee cake. Currently enrolled in gourmet foods at school has helped me cultivate new creative ways to add to my cake creations.
The idea of the cake is that the stamen of the flower all grow letters on the end and the bees are harvesting the letters to spell Happy Birthday.
For this cake I used two round pans, two large cup cakes and three small cup cakes. The only thing used in decorating this cake that was bought was one tube of black frosting. I used bright colored butter cream frosting as well as royal icing creations that I prepared in advance to cover and decorate my cake.
For anyone who needs an easy royal icing recipe: Mix Together: 3 egg whites (at room temperature) 1/2 tsp cream of tartar 1 lb. powdered sugar (4 cups) (This is one of my recipes my mom demands I teach her before I leave for college in the fall).
Tip: In my opinion frosting bags are way too much work unless you need a 100% exact look. I always use plastic zip lock sandwich baggies (for both frosting and royal icing). Just cut the corner and the designs change based on how much of the corner you cut.
by Deborah G.
(Richards Bay, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa)
Homemade Bee Cake
Well my bee cake started off with an ex work mate of mine actually ex boss lady, showing me a picture of the cake she would love to have for her daughter's party. The theme for the party was Bee. I told her I was not that good, she was a little disappointed but went on to order a plain cake from a near by store.
On arriving home the whole day and evening it really bugged me, so I decided to bake the cake and to my surprise it came out fantastic even I was impressed with myself.
I just used a basic chocolate cake recipe for the cake and butter icing. I had to go on internet to get mixture for getting perfect yellow and black colours required. I used my piping gun to do the decor.
The best part of it all was seeing my friends expression on her face because she was not expecting it. She offered to pay me but I declined it was my present to her daughter.
My advice to all amateur bakers out there is never give up till you try it. You have to start somewhere. For me since doing this cake I believe making novelty cakes is a kitchen experiment and fun.
My daughter had a fascination with bees last year and I don't buy into the licensed character stuff so I thought a bee theme would be perfect for her 2nd birthday party. Mind you, I had never made a shaped cake before, let alone decorated anything with a frosting bag and tips.
My sister got me a Betty Crocker Bake and Fill pan one year for Christmas and I had never used it because I was too afraid of failure.
I got it out and looked at it, played around with the pieces, took a look in my cupboard and came up with the framework. The body of the cake is the Betty Crocker round dome pan, the filler pan and the bottom round, flat pan. For the head I used a 3-cup Pyrex mixing bowl (yes, you can bake in them).
For the wings I used stiff felt bought at JoAnn fabrics. I added a wing design with gold glitter glue.
The "grass" is coconut that I dyed with food color. The antenna are squiggly candles (how perfect that my daughter was turning 2!). The eyes are made of a large marshmallow cut in half with black frosting dots in the center.