Saturday, December 6, 2008

Sweet Beehive Cake for St. Ambrose

As Mary mentioned, St. Ambrose, whose feast day is December 7th, is often depicted with a beehive or bees.

Earlier this year, when I ran across the Crown Cake in a Family Fun Magazine, I also noticed this adorable Beehive Cake and thought it would be perfect for the feast of St. Ambrose. I'm am not sure if I am going to have a chance to make it myself, but I thought I would share the recipe with you all just the same.

Sweet Beehive Cake

  • 8-inch round cake
  • 6-inch round cake
  • Half-sphere cake baked in a 2-cup ovenproof bowl
  • 3 1/2 cups yellow frosting
  • 13 round cookies (we used Keebler Sandies Pecan Shortbread
  • 1 1/2 cups light-blue frosting
  • 12 Twix Minis
  • 12 marshmallows
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Large yellow gumdrop


1. Use a long serrated knife to trim the tops of the round cakes flat, if needed. To get the smooth look of our cake, first stack the three cakes on a wire rack over a cookie sheet. Heat 3 cups of the yellow frosting in the microwave until it liquefies, about 20 seconds. Stir the frosting, then slowly pour it over the top of the cakes, as shown, covering them completely. Refriger­ate the stack for about 30 minutes to harden the frosting.

2. Meanwhile, frost 12 of the cookies light blue and place a Twix in the center of each. Use scissors to cut the ends from the marshmallows and press on these ends, sticky side down, for wings.

3. Carefully transfer the cake to a platter. To add a door, trim one edge of the remaining cookie, as shown, cover both sides with chocolate frosting, then press it onto the hive. Spoon the rest of the yellow frosting into a resealable sandwich bag, snip off a corner, and pipe markings onto the bees and hive. Top the hive with the gumdrop and arrange the bees around it. Serves 12.

St. Ambrose ~ Pray for us!

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1 comment:

  1. Oh Jessica, I love that cake. I vaguely remember seeing it in FF, and am so glad you included it here. It's perfect for this feast day!