Honey and Chocolate Bee Cake

Incredibly cute cake here, infant I baked it for the cuteness factor to impress parents at a Parent-Leader meeting.

This is actually an adaptation of Nigella Lawson’ s Honey Chocolate Cake from her book Feast. I only changed the tin to a ring as it tends to dip in center, halved the original recipe and made more bees. It also cooks quicker this way. Smaller but there is still more than enough to feed a good few people as the cake is very sweet you’d want to give less generous slices (also had bit extra to make  a cupcake island).

The first time I made this it didn’t go down to well because apparently not all people like honey and chocolate together, but if you do like it you will LOVE it! Very moist cake and very sticky glossy icing, with cute bees. Really you could just make this for the bees . . . . and I agree with Nigella that yeah it is kinda Disney-ish.

Cake

50g Dark Chocolate (melted

100g Castor sugar & 30g molasses or 135g Soft brown sugar

110g Butter

60+ml Honey

1 egg

100g Gluten Free Plain Flour

1/2 tsp bicarb of soda

1 Tbsp Cocoa

125ml Boiling water

Icing

30ml water

60+ml Honey

85g Dark chocolate (chopped)

35g Icing sugar

Bees

25g Marzipan yellow

12-16 flaked/sliced almonds

1.Pre heat the oven to 180C.  Beat the sugar (and molasses) and butter till creamy, then add the honey.

2. Add the egg and a tbsp of flour and beat till combined, then follow with remaining flour, cocoa and bicarb. Beat all till smooth and pale.

3. Fold in the melted chocolate and then the boiling water untill a runny mix is formed, scrap the bottom to insure its mixed evenly.

4. Pour into a small ring tin and fill to about 2 cm from full. If you have a bit left over like I did, then fill a cupcake case with remaining mix. Put in the oven and bake for 25 min or untill slightly risen and a skewer comes out clean when inserted.

5. Cool the cake on a wire rack and move on to the icing!

6. Boil the honey and water together, then take off heat and add chocolate and mix till melted. Whisk in the icing sugar into the chocolate mix untill shiny and glossy.

7. Place cake on plate and pour the icing all over, wipe/push away from edges of plate. let it pool in center and just use that as a source of ‘paint’ for bees and to stick cupcake/centerpiece.

8. Bees: Really fun part here! Wash your hands very well. Take a small piece of marzipan, size will depend on how big/small you want your bees to be, roll it in your hand into a little ball and the pinch it’s bum. Take 2 almond pieces and give your bees wings in center of body, place down onto cake and then using a cocktail stick drag stripes of icing onto body and then dot some eyes :) repeat untill you have the amount of desired bees!

This one is about to fly off in glee!

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