Happy BEE-day cake

Materials:

  • 400 gram FunCakes Mix for Sponge Cake
  • 300 gram FunCakes Mix for Buttercream
  • 700 gram FunCakes Fondant – Bright White
  • 250 gram FunCakes Modelling Paste – White
  • FunCakes Flavour Paste – Mandarin
  • A little bit of FunCakes fondant – Raven Black
  • FunCakes Edible FunColours Gel – Yellow
  • FunCakes Edible FunColours Gel – Orange
  • FunCakes Edible FunColours Dust – Milk Chocolate
  • FunCakes Edible FunColours Dust – Sunset Yellow
  • FunCakes Edible FunColours Brush Food Pen – Zwart
  • 340 ml water
  • 6 eggs
  • 375 gram soft unsalted butter
  • FunCakes Bake Release Spray
  • FunCakes Edible Glue
  • FunCakes Magic Roll-Out Powder
  • FunCakes gold/silver cake board round Ø16 cm
  • Extra deep, round baking pan Ø20 cm , for example from Culpitt
  • Extra deep, round baking pan Ø15 cm , for example from Culpitt Wilton Paletmes klein – hoek
  • Wilton cake leveller
  • Wilton cooling grid
  • Wilton – Wide Glide – rolling pin
  • Wilton – Perfect Height – rolling pin
  • Wilton bamboo dowels
  • Wilton brush
  • Alphabet cutters, for example the Alphabet Push Easy Uppercase Cutters from Cakestar
  • Medium hexagon cutter, for example from PME
  • Small side scraper, for example from PME
  • Cutting wheel, for example from PME
  • Small flower pics, for example from PME
  • Rose leaf cutter, for example from FMM
  • Flower wire, 20 gauge wit, for example from Culpitt
  • Cutting tool

Preparation:
Prepare the bees and letters a day in advance, so they’ve got time to dry well. For the bees, do as follows: cut the 20 gaug flower wire in half with the cutting tool and bend the end into a hook or eye.

Colour almost all modelling paste with the yellow and orange colouring to get the right colour for the bees, keep a little piece of the modelling paste white. Make ovals of the yellow modelling paste, dip a wire with the hook or eye into the glue and insert it in the yellow oval. Let this dry for one night. Roll out the black fondant very thinly and cut small strips using the cutting wheel, which you attach to the bees with some edible glue. Draw eyes and a mouth with the black pen. Roll out the white modelling paste thinly and cut out rose leafs, as many as you have bees. Squeeze the ends together for a bit and glue them on the bees.

Now roll out the yellow fondant a bit thicker than before and cut out the letters. Let these dry for a night as well.

Preheat the oven to 180°C (convection oven 160°C). Prepare 300 gram of Mix for Buttercream and 400 gram of Mix for Sponge Cake as indicated on the package or in the basic recipes for buttercream and sponge cake. Grease the baking pans with Bake Release Spray and divide the sponge cake batter into the two pans. Bake the sponge cakes for 30-35 minutes and release them on a cooling grid right after baking. Flavour the buttercream to taste with the mandarin flavour paste. Cut the sponge cakes in half twice, and fill and cover with buttercream. Use the side scraper to give your cake straight edges. Place the cakes in the fridge for half an hour, then cover the cake again with buttercream and put it back in the fridge to let it stiffen.

Divide the fondant in 3 pieces and colour it in 3 shades of yellow. Use the yellow and orange colouring for this. Cover both cakes with yellow fondant on top and place back into the fridge. Roll out the 3 shades of yellow fondant and cut out the hexagon shapes. Mix the Sunset Yellow Dust and the Milk Chocolate Dust and give the edges of all hexagons a bit of extra colour. Stack the cakes on top of each other using the cake board and the dowels, have a look here to find out how to stack a cake. Stick the hexagons to the cake. It should stick like this, but you can of course choose to use a bit of edible glue.

Put the letters which you’ve made on top of the cake with a bit of glue. Put a bit of fondant in the flower pics and insert these into the bees. Place the bees on the right spots in the cake. Place the cake in the fridge until further use.

For a complete bee sweet table, have a look at the Happy BEE-day cupcakes and the Happy BEE-day macarons as well!