a Cake for Busy Izzy

My cute little niece turned one and had a "Bee" Birthday.
They asked me to help with the cake, and I was so excited to try making a "beehive cake."  I didnt have the Williams Sonoma cake pan, so I kind of had to make it up!

I used the top of the "giant cupcake" pan and then a couple of rounds.

Rob helped shape and carve it a little.

I thought I'd show an image of my kitchen during these cake making nights!

And Voila...here it is.  Katie and her mom added the cute bees.
(The ribbon on the bottom is crooked in this picture and it is kind of driving me crazy.  But let me tell you, it really did look cute!) And of cute Izzy was adorable.  I'll post more pictures of her party because it was amazing!

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The Hanging Moon Cake (semi-tutorial)

Here are the instructions, though not super detailed.
I kind of made it up as I went…so I hope this makes sense:

I used the wilton ball pan. Then I went to home depot and got a really long threaded screw (it didn’t have a head on it) Then bought a washer that would fit that was 1 or 1.5 inches in diameter and flat, and a nut for the end. Then I put the screw through the cake, added the other stuff at the bottom, Put the fondant on it, and Froze it. I don’t know how much longer it would have lasted…4 hours was probably the max. You’ll have to play around with it a bit, because I am sure there is a better way!
The idea was to have a stick through it and either a plate, or cardboard or something to hold it at the bottom. The washer seemed to work the best, even thought it was small. I thought of using a bowl or something, but it didn’t stick with the round shape.

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