How to Make a Beehive Cake
This cake is a tribute to both the elegance and ingenuity of honeybees. Under the hovering marzipan bees are layers of banana cake, pecans and honey-scented buttercream.
Beehive Cake How-To
The shape of the cake is based on an ancient bee hive called a skep, which was made of a coiled basket.
For ingredient amounts, see the Bee Hive Cake Recipe.
Get the Recipe: Beehive Cake
To bake the cake:
In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy. Mix in the honey and vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Add the banana puree and mix until incorporated. Alternate between adding the flour mixture and buttermilk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
Divide the batter between the cake pan and the prepared bowl.
To make the buttercream:
Prepare the cake:
Visit Zoe's blog for a video on how to cut and fill cake layers.
Create a crumb coating:
Visit Zoe's blog for a video on how to create a crumb coating.
Frost the cake:
To create the marzipan bees:
More From Zoe Francois, Cookbook Author
Zoe Francois, author of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. She now calls Minneapolis her home, where she teaches baking classes and consults at restaurants, and she maintains her baking blog, zoebakes.com. Find her recipe for homemade ice cream below.
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