Cherry Lady Birds and Honey Bee Cupcakes
It took me ages to think of something different to make. Eventually I came up with this idea for the bees, and everything fell into place from there.
My first idea was of honeycomb-topped cupcakes with little bees buzzing around them. I was initially going to make the toppers hexagon-shaped and have them all join up to form a large hive, but in the end decided circular toppers were cuter. The toppers are made from white-chocolate, tinted with yellow powder colouring. The bees are made from fondant.
I made a dozen in all, but it turned out that they were too tall for all of my cupcake carriers. I had to use other containers, so a couple got left behind.
I had thoughts about making the second half of the cupcakes florally with bees perched atop, but in the end decided to accompany them with lady birds.
It also gave me a chance to practise some fondant roses, something I haven't tried since the very first time I gave fondant a go. Those early fondant disasters taught me some very important lessons about what not to do with fondant. It's only in the last few months that I feel I've finally learned to control it properly, so attempting something I've been too shy to try was really therapeutic.
I embossed the toppers and the leaves and gave them some blossoms. I also gave the lady bugs antennae for the first time, but I think I prefer them without.
These cakes were cherry and choc chip coconut cupcakes, topped with a swirl of vanilla buttercream and fondant decorations.
The bees were honey flavoured cupcakes, topped with vanilla buttercream and then finally the chocolate discs and fondant bees.
The whole time I was baking, decorating, making fondant flowers while watching the football on TV and yelling at it, and photographing the end results, I had a little fluff ball staring really intently at the bees. He wanted to nom some.
Cherry and Chocolate Chip Coconut Cake
If you'd like to see more photos of these cupcakes, find out which treats won the awards at the bake-off, you'll find it here at Cakecrumbs.