Making the Australian Women’s Weekly Buzzy Beehive Cake

My 4 year old chose the Buzzy Beehive cake from her most favourite book to read: The Australian Women’s Weekly Bumper Book of Kids’ Birthday Cakes.

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It was all reasonably easy to do. Actually, I found it very easy as my mum did all the work! Hah!

I had to purchase the Wilton Doll Cake tin and yellow fondant icing, so really, it might have been cheaper to buy a cake. However, it was fun. And with three little girls I’m sure I will be making a doll cake at some point in the future.

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A few tips. Our cake turned out squatter than the ideal, even though we put 1.5 cake mixes in the tin. Our cake rose in a dome shape both inside and over the edge of the tin, so I had to trim a lot off the top to get a flat surface. I’m really not quite sure how to remedy this.

I had also bought 1 pack of yellow fondant, and didn’t realise until I got home that I would need 1.5 packs. So back to the store to find that there were no more yellow packs. I bought a white one and thought that it would be hard to combine the two evenly. However, after a bit of kneading it was fine and resulted in a nicer yellow colour.

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Rolling the fondant into smooth, even shaped sausages was challenging, as the fondant showed every imperfection. I think it would be easier to make sure the fondant was slightly warm (just the heat from your hands would do) to help it to roll easily.

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My husband decided to use the leftover fondant to make some cupcake bees, which turned out bee-autifully! (Sorry, I hope puns don’t make you break out in HIVES…whahaha)

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Yum!

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