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Marzipan Bumblebee on Piped Flower




  • 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


  1. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2009



Reviews (2)

  • bBlanton 13 Mar, 2011

    I would suggest using a 61. I've seen this particular design done with a 123 but that one had larger petals. The 61 should make much more and smaller petals like one ones in the photo.

  • Madhi 22 Mar, 2010

    I wonder what tip has been used to pipe this..very pretty!