How to Make a Beehive Cake - Bzzz

by TerriRexson

Step-by-step instructions for making and decorating a beehive cake. With pictures.

I made a beehive cake for my son's preschool bake sale. I didn't have much time so I thought I'd choose a cake that I could put together quickly.

I thought I'd easily find instructions, but although I found lots of pictures of very cute beehive cakes, I didn't find anything that took me through making one step by step.

So I came up with my own approach that I'll share here. Note that I didn't need a huge cake on this occasion so I made a half beehive cake. You can make a taller cake this way (which can look more impressive) with only half the amount of cake.

You can easily adapt the approach to make a full beehive cake.

My Beehive Cake

Here's my beehive cake. I was reasonably pleased with it for a first attempt at making this cake.

I didn't have much time as I had other things to do to prepare for the bake sale and I had my three year old son watching every step and asking if there were any spare bits I didn't need.

I used yellow marzipan to cover the cake as my family all love marzipan. But you could use yellow fondant or gumpaste if you prefer.

The marzipan bees were very popular!

Beehive Cake

Beehive Cake

Prep time 90 min  -  Total time 90 min
Ingredients for 20 servings
1 x 6 egg sponge cake (bottom layer)  • 1 x 1 egg sponge cake (top layer)  • Yellow marzipan, fondant or gumpaste  • Cocoa powder for dusting  • Optionally, jelly

Bake the cakes for the two bottom layers

If you are making a full beehive cake you'll need two deep cakes - 1 large and 1 medium sized.

My large cake was 9" and I used a 6 egg sponge cake recipe. (The medium cake was 7" diameter.)

You may choose to make two thinner cakes and layer them with jelly - I'd probably do this next time.

If you are making a half beehive cake like mine, you'll just need one deep cake. Or a large and a medium thin cake each turned into a sandwich with jelly.

Make the bottom two layers

Make the bottom two layers

Cut your round cake in half and put one semi circle aside.
From the other half cake, cut a smaller circle - I cut around a pyrex bowl.
(You cake use the spare cake to make cake pops, or eat it with jam and custard as a dessert - sponge cake freezes well if you want to save it.)

Round the edges of the layers

Round the edges of the layers

I think a beehive cake looks better with the edges rounded. Take a knife a cut a small amount at an angle from the top and bottom rounded edges of the cakes. This gives a more rounded appearance to the cake.

Cover the Layers in Yellow Fondant or Marzipan

Cover the Layers in Yellow Fondant or Marzipan

Now for each layer roll out a large enough piece of fondant, gumpaste or marzipan to cover the cake on the top and sides and tuck it underneath. I think this is easier and more effective than covering the whole cake in one go, and it means you can easily separate the layers to serve the cake.

Make a small cake for the top

Make a small cake for the top

For the layer on the top of the cake I made a microwave cake in a small glass bowl. I used a 1 egg sponge cake. A microwaved sponge cake doesn't look particularly attractive, but it's going to be covered up anyway.

For my half beehive I just cut this small cake in half.

Layer the cakes to form a beehive

Layer the cakes to form a beehive

Now stack up the cakes to form a beehive. You can also dust the beehive with cocoa powder at this point.

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Working with Fondant

These make things much easier!
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Wilton Fondant 20 Inch Rolling Pin
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Fondant Bees

Prep time 30 min  -  Total time 30 min
Ingredients for 4 servings
Yellow marzipan, fondant or gumpaste  • Black fondant  • White fondant  • Edible rice paper  • Black edible ink pen  • Wooden food picks

Make the bee bodies

Make the bee bodies

Roll balls of yellow fondant and lengthen then slightly to create bee bodies.
Add small balls of white fondant for eyes and draw on pupils with a black edible ink pen.

Add bee wings

Cut out wing shapes from white edible rice paper. I cut four layers at the same time so they would all be the same.
Cut diagonal slits in the body of the bees and stick in the wings so they point backwards.

Add stripes

Add stripes

Roll out black fondant and cut thin strips and wrap them around the bee bodies. I put one in front and one behind the wings.
Also add a smiley mouth in black edible pen.

Attach the bees to the cake

Attach the bees to the cake

Use wooden food picks to fix the bees in place on the cake.

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Or You Could Get a Cake Pan

This beehive cake pan is very cute and will give a more professional look to your cake and take less time to make I'm sure. 

I enjoy decorating cakes, but then I have a flexible job where I work from home. I used to work full-time in the office. A shaped cake pan can be a great solution if you're pushed for time. 

You can also get edible sugar bee decorations to pop on your cake. 

Bee Themed Party Supplies

You can get some very cute bee themed party supplies that work well with a beehive cake if you're hosting a bee themed birthday party or baby shower. Bzzz. 

Yellow and Black Bumble Bee Party Supplies

Sweet as Can Bee Pink Party Supplies

My Other Decorated Cakes

How to make an Africa shaped cake using a template and decorate it for an African safari party or other Africa-themed event.
These reptile or snake eye cupcakes are simple and effective. Great for a snake, dragon, reptile, animals or nature themed party.
My boys love Lego Ninjago. I made this Ninjago cake with my son when he had a friend coming round for a tea party. It's very quick and easy to make, I've included instructions.
Instructions for making a Pirate Island Cake with Treasure Chest. Pictures and recipe are included.

Beehive Cake Picture

Here it is again!
Beehive Cake
Beehive Cake
Updated: 08/15/2012, TerriRexson
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Did you like the Beehive Cake?

MaggiePowell on 06/25/2013

Great idea! I think I can manage this.

TonfaGuy on 01/31/2013

ha ha ... this is a great cake..

BrendaReeves on 10/16/2012

My grandkids would love this. Thanks for the article.

BrendaReeves on 10/16/2012

My grandkids would love this. Thanks for the article.

CorrinnaJohnson on 09/02/2012

What a delightful cake...well done. Looks to good to eat!

EmilyHorton on 05/10/2012

This is the cutest cake! My grandchildren will love this! Thank you for sharing!

sheilamarie on 05/04/2012

Looks yummy, and easy enough to make. I love the bees!

katiem2 on 05/03/2012

What a cool cake. I have my own bee hives in my back yard, I was just taking pictures of my bees this morning and searched for bee articles finding this one. What refreshing new idea in cake decorating, love it!

Digby_Adams on 05/03/2012

Isn't this a bee-utiful cake! It also looks delicious. Yes I think making sure everyone gets a bee is important!

TerriRexson on 05/03/2012

Thanks Marie. Yes, I was pleased with the bees. I think I'll make them as cupcake toppers next time. I think you'd need to do that for a birthday party so every child could get a bee.

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