This playful children's bee hive celebration cake is perfect for birthdays and christenings. Get the recipe at Supper in the Suburbs!
3D Beehive Cake complete with honey drips and buzzing bees
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
3 hrs

This 3D beehive cake is complete with fondant honey drips and buzzing bees perched on top. Find out how to bake and decorate it here!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cake
Servings: 24 people
Author: Emma Walton
For the cake
  • 300 grams butter
  • 300 grams caster sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 300 grams self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 lemon juice and zest
For the decoration
  • 350 grams butter
  • 450 grams icing sugar
  • 1/2 lemon juice only
  • Yellow fondant
  • Black fondant
  • White fondant
  • Orange fondant
  • Cocktail sticks
  1. Grease the beehive tins and pre-heat the oven to 150C.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy.
  3. Add an egg to the butter and sugar mix and beat well.
  4. Repeat until all of the eggs have been fully incorporated.
  5. Fold in the salt and self raising flour.
  6. Add the vanilla, lemon juice and zest then stir until the mix has become thinner and the zest is throughout.
  7. Pour the mixture evenly between both halves of the tin and level out.
  8. Place into the centre of the oven and cook for 1 hr 15 mins - 1 hr 30 mins or until a skewer comes out of the centre of the cake clean.
  9. Leave to cool in the tins for 15 mins before turning out onto a wire cooling rack.
  10. In the meantime, create the bees by rolling out small balls of yellow fondant (I made mine all different sizes for variety).
  11. Roll out some black fondant thin and cut long strips. Wrap these round the yellow body and secure with a little water or edible glue.
  12. To make the wings pinch small pieces of white fondant, roll into a boll then squash gently with a finger to make a small dip.
  13. Secure to the top of the bee with a little water or some edible glue.
  14. Using a toothpick or small pointed decorating tool, poke eyes and draw on a mouth.
  15. Place them to one side to firm up slightly.
  16. Once the cake is completely cooled, mix together the icing sugar and lemon juice before adding the butter and beating well until creamy.
  17. Add a little yellow food colouring for a more intense flavour if desired.
  18. Sandwich the two sides of the cake together with some of the buttercream (trimming the edges for a smooth surface if needed) and place on to a cake board.
  19. Using a star tip nozzle, pipe rings around the hive for a fun texture.
  20. Roll out the orange fondant and cut out a "splat shape" with a sharp knife.
  21. Gently place this over the top of the cake.
  22. Secure the bees to the top of the cake by poking a cocktail stick into the cake with just a centimetre of so sticking out of the cake and gently push the bumble bee on to the spike.