Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bumblebee Cupcakes

I'm thinking about taking a cake decorating class - I would love to be able to make cute cupcakes and cakes, although it's hard to just bake for two people. Thank god for the workplace. How cute are these?
Here's the how to for the Marzipan Bumblebee on Piped Flower by Martha Stewart.

Tools and Materials
2 ounces marzipan per bee
Yellow and black gel-paste food coloring
Unblanched almond slices
Cupcakes (any flavor)
Swiss Meringue Buttercream, tinted yellow
Pastry bag
Small petal pastry tip

Marzipan Bumblebee on Flower How-To
1. Tint half the marzipan yellow and the other half black, kneading each separately until color is uniform. Roll each into a 1/8-inch-thick log. Cut each log crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick pieces. Starting with a black piece and alternating colors, stack 4 pieces, pressing together gently.

2. For head, roll a black piece into a ball, and press onto yellow end of stack. For eyes, pinch off 2 tiny yellow pieces, roll into balls, and press onto head. For stinger, shape end into a slight point. For wings, press 1 almond slice into each side of body.

3. Spread a thin layer of buttercream on 1 cupcake. Pipe petals in a circular pattern around edge with buttercream. Pipe another circle inside first, overlapping slightly. Repeat until cupcake is covered. Gently press a bee on frosting.

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