This cake is not only delicious but it looks fantastic and it's really fun to make. You can involve the whole family when making this cake, and everyone is sure to join in when it comes to eating it! It is inspired by a natural beehive with lots of flowers and bees dotted around for decoration.
Step 1: You will need:
- 400g/ 14 oz softened butter
- 400g/ 14 oz sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 lemons (zest only)
- 7 eggs
- 400g/ 14 oz self raising flour
- 500g/ 18 oz softened butter
- 700g/ 25 oz icing sugar
- Lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Yellow food colouring
- Yellow, black, white and red icing pens
- 25g flaked almonds
- Box of fondant icing
- 6" and 7" cake tin
- 6" oven proof bowl
- Green plate/icing to cover plate (optional)
Step 2: Prepare:
Pre-heat your oven to 180oc/ 350of/Gas 4.
Grease the 6" and 7" cake tins and the oven proof bowl, and line them with baking paper.
Step 3: Cream the Butter:
Cream the butter and sugar together until it goes very pale, light and fluffy. Then beat in the zest of two lemons and the honey.
Step 4: Make the Cake Mixture:
This is a light, sweet cake mixture that is very tasty.
Break the eggs into a bowl and whisk. Slowly add this into the butter mixture with some flour to stop it curdling. Fold the remaining flour into the mixture with a metal spoon. Now divide the mixture between the tins and bowl according to their size.
Step 5: Bake the Cake:
Place in the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes but check the smaller cakes after 30 minutes as they will cook faster. You can check to see if the cakes are cooked fully by sticking a metal skewer through the cake, if it is clean when you pull it out the cake is cooked.
Step 6: Allow to cool:
Remove all of the cakes from the oven and allow to cool in the tins for at least 10 minutes. Now turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Remove the baking paper carefully.