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Honey-Glazed Beehive Cake

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Few treats could be more appropriate for an outdoor party on a summer afternoon than a honey cake in the shape of a beehive. Plump black-and-yellow Marzipan Bees are pressed onto the cake to add the final touch of charm.

  • Servings: 10

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2008

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 3 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sifted cake flour, plus more for mold
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Ground cloves
  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for mold
  • 1 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk, room temperature
  • 6 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

For the Honey Glaze

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup light-brown sugar
  • 2 2/3 ounces (1/3 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Sugar Glaze

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 3/4 to 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • Marzipan Bees

Directions

Make the cake:

  1. Place rack in center of oven, and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a pastry brush, coat both sides of a beehive mold with butter, making sure to cover all areas. Dust mold with flour, tap out excess, and freeze until ready to use.

  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and a pinch of cloves. Cream butter and brown sugar with a mixer until pale and fluffy. Reduce the speed; drizzle in honey. Beat on high until very pale and fluffy. Add vanilla. Add flour mixture, alternating with milk, beginning and ending with flour. Transfer batter to a large bowl.

  3. Whisk egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar, and whisk until stiff, glossy peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the egg white mixture into cake batter, then fold in the remaining whites.

  4. Divide batter between molds, and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes. Cover with foil, and bake 15 to 20 minutes more (a tester inserted in the middle of the cake should come out clean). Transfer molds to a wire rack, and let cakes cool in pans for 15 to 20 minutes.

  5. Turn out cakes, supporting them with your hand, and place flat sides on rack. Let cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or up to 1 day).

  6. Carefully trim the flat sides of the cake halves with a serrated knife so each is level. Align the halves to make sure they are flush, then separate.

Make the honey glaze:

  1. Bring honey, brown sugar, and butter to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add vanilla, and remove from heat. Let cool for 1 minute.

  2. Brush a coat of honey glaze on the flat side of each cake half. Gently press halves together, and let set upright for 5 minutes. (If they don't stay together, place a small bowl over top to hold the 2 sides together while glaze sets.) Carefully transfer beehive to a rack set over parchment. Spoon remaining warm honey glaze over cake until the cake is completely covered. Let stand until set.

Make the sugar glaze:

  1. Bring water to a boil. Add 1 3/4 cups sugar, and stir to dissolve. Remove from heat; let cool for 3 minutes. Spoon some glaze over cake. (If too runny, add more sugar until glaze is the consistency of thick honey.) Pour 1/2 of the glaze over cake, letting it drizzle down the sides. Let set for 5 minutes, then spoon remaining glaze on top. Arrange marzipan bees on cake, pressing gently to adhere to glaze. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

This recipe accommodates a 9- to 11-cup beehive mold (available at nordicware.com), which comes split in two parts; a honey glaze glues the two halves together. Both glazes for this cake need to be made right before assembly. If they become too firm, rewarm gently over low heat.

Reviews Add a comment

  • Rappleyea
    27 NOV, 2010
    I got my cake mold from Williams Sonoma
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  • MS10165237
    12 JUN, 2010
    Please reissue this mold!
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  • nickie409
    2 SEP, 2008
    I just tried calling the number to see if they were thinking about bringing it back, and they said they are not going to. I think this is adorable, and the Nordic Ware does not come close to being as cute. I do think she should have re thought putting it on the cover and teasing us with that adorable cake! I hope to get one someday, but I will try the cake in a regular pan. Maybe if everyone calls in about the cake pan, they might change their mind and bring it back.
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  • indigonat
    29 AUG, 2008
    I have purchased the Nordic Ware mold and my cakes looked stunning. There are some molded bees in it but I still made the marzipan ones. I only got great feedback from friends and family. If you were hesitating in buying that mold, I strongly recommend you do, as it is worth it. The bonus of that pan is that it is non-stick, so the cake comes out easily!
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  • indigonat
    29 AUG, 2008
    I have purchased the Nordic Ware mold and my cakes looked stunning. There are some molded bees in it but I still made the marzipan ones. I only got great feedback from friends and family. If you were hesitating in buying that mold, I strongly recommend you do, as it is worth it. The bonus of that pan is that it is non-stick, so the cake comes out easily!
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  • MS11745958
    17 AUG, 2008
    I LOVE this cake! Ihave used it several ways. I once turned it into Yoda's head for a nephews birthday. I am interested in a copy of the June 2008 Living magazine. I was out of town And my sobns girlfriend decided to pick up my living room. She saw the date of June assumed it was old and put it out for recycling. If anyone can help contact me @ debbiemoleski@aol.com
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  • madi5d
    11 AUG, 2008
    This is the most amazing cake, flavor and presentation. I am fortunite to have the correct mold. This has become a tradition for my family parties. If I don't bring the cake they won't let me in. So get the mold back on the market! Oh, and the pumpkin mold and cake is another winner!
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  • momV
    2 AUG, 2008
    There is a mold on ebay TODAY for 600.00 shipping! I, like the other readers, bought the magazine to bake the cake and was very disappointed in the magazine for having it on the cover, no less, with no way for the customer to create it herself, isn't that the point??!! Please reissue the mold!
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  • cdierksheide
    16 JUL, 2008
    I thought Martha was supposed to be the queen of cross-marketing... she really missed the boat on this one. Please re-release the mold! I agree with all the other comments, as the molds currently available from Macy's and William Sonoma produce a tacky looking cake compared to the picture on the MSL magazine cover. What was she thinking????!!!!
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  • funbug
    12 JUL, 2008
    Yes Martha I would have to agree with a lot of readers, The Nordic ware cake pan is real cheesy looking. Your cake is just beautiful. The pan that was used is just not available for most unless you have an extra 300.00 in your pocket and can maneuver ebay well. So I would agree that you try to re-release your pan for a fair price!! Thanks
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