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.