A perfect fit for a budding entomologist?s birthday party, this tiered cake will have guests buzzing. Follow our instructions for creating Fondant Bugs to sculpt a colorful gang of not-so-creepy crawlers.
For large bee use largest heart cutter from Plastic Nesting Hearts set. Let all wings dry. Make 1 in. balls for antenna tips and 1 in. cone for nose. Mold large candy bee. Melt yellow and orange candy; add candy color for brighter shades shown. Using mini ball pan for head and sports ball pan for body, mold candy shells, 2 of each size, by brushing melted candy up insides of pans with a pastry brush. Let set. Add additional layers for a thicker shell; chill completely and unmold. Rub edges over warm cookie sheet and attach halves to form ball; smooth seams. Roll out black fondant 1/8 in. thick. Using ribbon cutter with zigzag wheel and 1 in. spacer, cut stripes. Wrap around body and secure with melted candy. Roll a 2 in. cone for stinger; attach with melted candy. Roll fondant balls for eyes and pupils, log for mouth. Using melted candy, attach features and nose; attach head to body. Bend lollipop sticks for antennae; use tip of craft knife to make small, tight-fitting holes in head and insert sticks.
Paint with melted candy; when dry, push on ball tips. Cut 3/4 in. off bottom of heart wings; attach lollipop stick to back with melted candy. Using warm tip of flower nail, make small, tight-fitting holes in body and insert sticks; secure with melted candy. Bee will be attached to legs at party.
Ice smooth 1-layer 12 in. and 2-layer 8 in. cakes and prepare for
Stacked Construction on base. Pipe tip 5 bead bottom border on 8 in. cake. For grass, roll out green fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut 1 in. strips; use knife to make 3/4 in. slits, 1/8 in. apart. Attach 2 layers of grass around base of cake; separate and shape blades of grass. Cut 4 dowel rods to 7 in. long. Roll out black fondant 1/8 in. thick; cut 3 x 1 in. rectangle and wrap around one end of rod, securing with damp brush. Use separator plate to mark feet on cake top. Push dowel rod legs into cake at marks. Take a 1 1/2 in. ball of fondant and wrap around leg for each foot. Using melted candy, attach small bugs. At party: Attach large bee to legs with melted candy.
They're Guests, Not Pests! Cake is rated
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I've made this cake for my daughter's second birthday and it was a hit. Everyone absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2012-11-15
Rated 4 out of
If you're going for attention with this cake you're going to get it. Be sure to start this cake several days before the event to make sure you have plenty of time. The hardest part is the boday and head of the bumble bee. Take your time and be patient - follow all the instuctions Wilton supplies. Also - if your transporting the cake, add the insects and bee once you get there to prevent it from falling!