Having made Hummingbird cupcakes for the netball girls to celebrate my birthday, next step was to decide on cakes to take to work. I decided to take my actual birthday as leave, so decided to take cakes in the following Monday – which gave me the weekend to prepare! As there are quite a few people to cater for, I decided to chuck together another Sticky Ginger Cake, as I’ve made it before for work and it has gone down really well. Next, I felt that it was expected that I produce cupcakes of some kind, so decided to have another go at the Honey and Lemon cupcakes that I made recently. Finally, I decided to make some simple lemon finger biscuits – will write these up in the next blog post.
The honey and lemon cupcakes were inspired by Martha Kearney on Great British Bake Off for Comic Relief and last time I made them, I had a go at copying her Beehive style decoration. Although they tasted delicious, I wasn’t that satisfied with the overall appearance and they were very fiddly to decorate so I decided to have go with a slightly different design for the cupcakes this time.
I was mainly happy with the overall design of these cupcakes this time – although I’m not sure the actual beehives looked quite right. I started by swirling the buttercream onto the cupcake with a large round nozzle (mine is from this set). If I were to do again, I may try using the same nozzle but instead of simple piping a swirl, building dots of icing one on top of another – this may create a better beehive. I then coloured the buttercream with green colour paste and used one of these piping nozzles (although I got mine in a set like this one from Lakeland - incredibly useful!) to pipe on the grass.
Finally, I decorated the cupcakes with bees and flowers made from ready-to-roll icing.
The bees are actually quite fiddly to make but worth the effort:
- Start by rolling a small cone shape of yellow ready-to-roll icing.
- Roll out black ready-to-roll icing on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar - it will need to be very thin.
- Cut into very thin strips.
- Dip a clean paintbrush in water and lightly run over your yellow cone.
- Stick two strips of the black icing onto the cone to create your bee's stripes.
- Use a sharp knife to make two small incisions on the back of your bee.
- Find two similarly sized pieces of sliced almond and dip one tip of each piece in water.
- Insert the dampened tips into the incisions created in the bee - this will be your bee's wings.
- Use a black food colouring pen to add eyes.