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RECIPE: Bee-licious cupcakes

I’m not gonna lie to you, I stole took inspiration for these bee cupcakes from some that I saw on the bakery counter in everyone’s favourite upmarket supermarket. Using a standard cupcake recipe, a pack of fondant icing, a few pots of food colourings and a bit of trial and error I worked out how to get a smooth yellow coating on top, shape tiny bee wings and pipe on black stripes and a smily face, culminating in these adorable edible insects. Note: this how-to focuses on the cupcake decoration rather than the baking, and I’ve put all the instructional photos together at the end for ease.

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You will need:

12 vanilla cupcakes (I used this BBC recipe)

1 pack (500g) ready-made white fondant

500g icing sugar

1 lemon

Vanilla extract

Food colouring in black, yellow and red (I use Sugar Flair paste)

Piping bag or small plastic food bags

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  1. Make up enough icing to cover all your cakes by mixing about 150g icing sugar with lemon juice until it’s a smooth runny consistency, then add yellow food colouring gradually until you have a bright honey bee-yellow colour.
  2. Mix equal parts icing sugar and butter (about 50g each), plus a couple of drops of vanilla extract, until you have a smooth butter icing. Take one teaspoon of the mixture out and add a little red food colouring until it’s a delicate rosy-cheek red. Colour the rest black – you’ll need to add quite a lot of black otherwise it looks a bit grey.
  3. To make your bee wings, roll a chunk of fondant icing until it’s a sausage shape about 1cm thick, then cut off 24 small pieces, as equally sized as possible. Dust a chopping board and your hands with icing sugar so the fondant doesn’t stick. To create the wing shape, take each piece of fondant, roll it into a ball, then pinch and roll one end until you have a teardrop shape. Flatten it against your palm/the board. Leave the wings to harden.
  4. Using a small palette or butter knife, smooth a dollop of yellow icing onto each cupcake. To get a really smooth finish, I found it helps to dip your finger in a cup of water and pat any rough bits of icing down.
  5. Fill your piping bag (or the corner of a plastic food bag) with the black butter cream. Cut off the end to leave a very small nozzle and pipe a circle and three stripes on your bees backs. Add smiles and eyes for happy bee faces (or scowls/frowns if you want more emotional diversity).
  6. Fill another bag with the tiny bit of red icing and pipe on little red dots for your bees cheeks.
  7. Before the buttercream sets, carefully place two wings in the centre of the stripes, then your bees are ready to buzz off into the sunset.
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Follow a standard vanilla cupcake recipe

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Mix the yellow icing

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Colour most of the buttercream icing black

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Colour a little bit a light red

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Shape your little teardrop-shaped bee wings

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Leave your bee wings to harden

Cover each cupcake with yellow icing

Cover each cupcake with yellow icing

Smooth down with a little water on your fingertip

Smooth down with a little water on your fingertip

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Add the bee face and stripes

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(it might get a bit messy)

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Add the bee wings before the stripes dry

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My finished colony

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