Busy Bees

Is exactly what I have been feeling like!  Between various jobs, projects, volunteering, and squeezing in some summertime fun, it has been a very hectic couple of months– and they have flown by!

One recent project I really enjoyed was making some bees for a baby shower.  They were inspired by the original Busy Bee Cake:

They were basically smaller versions of the bee to adorn the top of the cake at the shower. The bees are made out of a mixture of gumpaste and fondant, black floral wire for the wings, antennas, feet, and stinger, and painted with black gel food coloring.  This bee topper order will help provide 50 meals to the children at The Ebongalethu Educare Center!

For delivery, they were each packed into their own boxes taped with wax paper at the bottom.  Below the bees sits a small piece of anti-skid mat (which you can find at Bed, Bath, and Beyond in the kitchen area) which keeps them from flying around during the delivery.

And don’t forget a bit of blush before heading out the door :)

If you make some bees for yourself, keep in mind that the gel food coloring takes a long time to dry and the gumpaste/fondant will keep so you can definitely make this ahead of time.  Even if the coloring is still wet day of, just be careful when placing and it should be fine!

Congrats to the soon-to-be mommy on her little boy who is on his way!

Jamison, Natalia, & E’sia’s Birthday Cakes!

I had a cake order this past Saturday for a children’s birthday party!  The little tots are brothers and sisters and they were having a joint party.  Cakes for kids are always the most fun to make– I just imagine how much fun birthday parties and blowing out candles are when you are little and getting a cake with your favorite cartoon/superhero!

The request was Batman for Jamison and Hello Kitty for twins Natalia & E’sia.  Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache for Jamison and chocolate cake with a whipped raspberry filling for the girls.

Thank you Tamar for thinking of me to make these cakes!  A portion of proceeds will go towards the Ebongalethu Educare Center and feeding the children there for the month June.

Here is Jamison’s Batman Cake:

Here is Natalia and E’sia’s Hello Kitty Cake:

Special thanks to Faith and Emi for being great helpers! :)  It was a late evening of rolling and cutting out fondant pieces…