For my daughter’s 2nd birthday, I made a hive cake with mini-cupcake bumblebees around it. I baked the hive using a regular yellow cake mix and splitting half of the batter into a 8″ metal bowl and the other half into a 8″ spring form pan. I baked it at 350 degrees for 35 minutes (regular pan was done, but bowl needed 10-15 more minutes).
For the cupcakes, I made a second batch of yellow cake mix and divided half the batter into 3 mini-cupcake pans, baked for 14 minutes, let them cool slightly then removed the baked cupcakes to a wire rack. I then baked the remaining cake batter using the same pans. It yielded 72 mini-cupcakes.
The hive cake was frosted with 2 cans of white icing that I dyed with food coloring to a light brown. I used 6 red drops, 8 yellow drops, and 3 blue drops per can. I then added mini chocolate chips in an oval shape for the opening of the hive. I found some wooden bees at a craft store that I glued to toothpicks and inserted on the hive.
For the mini-cupcakes, I used 1 can of white icing and dyed it yellow with 30 drops of yellow food coloring. I made the stripes with chocolate cookie icing (so that it would harden as it dried). I added Whoppers for the heads, and mini chocolate chips for the stingers.
I had so much fun making these Bumblebee Cupcakes with Hive Cake for my daughter. She and my son really enjoyed the bees. It was nice to have the mini-cupcakes for the kids at the party and the hive cake to cut into slices for the adults.