Don't worry about getting stung; these buzzing bees are made of marzipan and are a thoughtful touch to any dessert that has a hint of honey -- like our Honey-Glazed Beehive Cake.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2008


Recipe Summary

Makes 8


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Instructions Checklist
  • Add yellow gel paste to 1 portion marzipan and black gel paste to the other. Knead each to incorporate.

  • Roll each portion into a 1/8-inch-diameter rope. Cut each rope crosswise into 1/8-inch slices.

  • Stack 5 slices together horizontally, flat sides facing, alternating colors, starting and ending with yellow. Press together gently. For the head, roll a yellow slice into a ball, and press onto body. For the eyes, roll 2 bits of black marzipan into balls; press onto head. For the stinger, shape the tail piece into a slight point. For the wings, press a sliced almond into each side of bee. Repeat. Use immediately.

Cook's Notes

Have extra almond slices on hand when assembling the bees, in case some "wings" break during assembly.


Reviews (3)

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The cake stand looks like it could be milk glass. It's rather difficult to see it very well. I think the cake is cute as well, and if the price for the pan ever comes down, I might be tempted to buy one. I have probably 45 or more decorative bundt cake pans already, but I don't like the idea of paying $30.00 or more for a pan.
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Martha has lovely cake stands in a variety of sizes in her Macy's collection! They are gorgeous one on top of the other...
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I am in love with this cake stand. Can anyone let me know how to get one? The June issue cover is so beautiful!