I think I may have been watching a little too much Cake Boss lately, because I have had an overwhelming urge to build something out of Rice Krispie treats. A beehive seemed like a good choice - I figured that I couldn't mess it up too badly...
I began by make a recipe for the treats. I'm not including a recipe because I think everyone on the planet has made them. I did however, toss in a bit of peanut butter, because I was going to frost the whole thing in chocolate and that seemed like a good taste combo :)
The next step is to gather four mixing bowls from small to large. I lined them with cling wrap and sprayed the cling wrap with nonstick cooking spray. Working quickly, I spooned the treat mix in all four bowls, packing it down tightly.
To speed things along, I refridgerated the bowls while I decorated some cookies. After chilling, I lifted the largest treat out of its bowl and placed it on a cake stand. Picturing Marge Simpson's hairstyle, I stacked them from largest to smallest. With a serated knife, I trimmed off anything that was out of line.
For stability, I pushed a shishkabob skewer down through the center and cut off the end of the skewer that stuck out of the top.
Fondant won't stick to krispie treats, so the structure needed to be covered first in frosting. For the chocolate frosting I melted a stick of butter with a bag of semisweet chocolate chips and then stirred in about 3/4 lb. of powdered sugar. The structure was then covered in chocolate.
Now it was time for the fondant. It is fast, easy, and inexpensive to make your own fondant (tastes better too). Click here and scroll down the page for instructions. At this point, I added coloring - gold with a touch of brown. You may need to add additional powdered sugar when kneading in the coloring so it doesn't get sticky.
Dust a wooden board well with powdered sugar, and roll the fondant out.
And then channeling the powers of Buddy the Cake Boss and Marge Simpson, I carefully draped the fondant over the krispie hive.
I cut off the excess, smoothed it down, and brushed off any excess powdered sugar. Using dental floss and a skewer, I added details. I used the floss to make the horizontal lines - I just wrapped it around and pulled it tightly enough to make an indentation.
Now all our little hive needs is some cookie bees!
And now, a word or two about bees. They play a huge role in pollination. Did you know over 3/4 of all crop plants are the result of insect pollination? Our bees are mysteriously decreasing in number which is a huge concern.
A few plants bees love are bee balm, aster, black eyed Susan, joe pye weed, coneflower, marigold, and hyssop.
Support your local bees! They add beauty, movement, and life to your garden.
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