Friday, May 27, 2011

Krispie treat beehive



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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68 comments:

  1. This is really cute! My son started a couple of hives this year. We're hoping that all goes well with them and we get lots of honey.

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  2. Wow! That was ambitious. So fun! Hope to see you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  3. I love it! You did a fabulous job!!!

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  4. So clever and yummy too. I got the bee hive mold from Williams Sonoma a few years ago and I will make it with pound cake so it is solid. I like the dental floss idea. Yes, bees are so important to food production. They are still figuring out why hives colonies collapse. Happy Spring

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  5. Oh this is soo stinkin cute!!! in the best way. Love love love this. Happy Memorial day, xo marlis

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  6. This is lovely and so beautiful! What a wonderful project. :) Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Morning Lisa,
    What an adorable cake, and rice krispie treats of all things. So cute! A lot of work and Love went into that beautiful treat! Great details and
    Great Job!!
    Blessings, Nellie

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  8. AMAZING as usual! Thanks for linking up your wonderful sweet talents. I so enjoy what you post.

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  9. OMG! You make it look so easy! Thank you for sharing the tutorial too. My granddaughters are going to like this, I know! AMAZING! You do have talent, mylady! Have a nice week.
    FABBY

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  10. This is a cake! and I wonder how it tasted? Yummy I bet lol

    love Dawn xx

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  11. A very cute and ambitious dessert. It turned out great! I would like bees a lot more if I weren't allergic to them. :)

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  12. I love your beehive... and sculpting things out of rice cereal is now on my summer to-do list!

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  13. Wow, this cake is really amazing! You put quite a lot of work into it...it is hard to cut after all that??? I think I would love to give this a try too. Thank you for the inspiration : )
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  14. Wow, that's awesome! :) You are VERY creative!

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  15. This is so cute. Thanks for the idea and great tutorial!

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  16. This is just soo darn cute! I love it! What a great idea for a summer party! Thanks for sharing at FNF :)

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  17. Looking forward to having you be a part of "Where do you keep it all? - Part 2".Perhaps you could share where you keep all of your tools to produce such wonderful creations.

    - The Tablescaper

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  19. This is beautiful! We'd love for you to come link up at THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS "Summer BBQ Dishes". Please come on over and share this wonderful recipe!

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  20. You are so talented! This looks incredible. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

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  21. Love the idea! Great centerpiece idea during summer's heat when you don't want to turn on an oven but want a "stunner" to to steal the show!

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  22. this is so cute! oh my heck! Great job! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
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  23. This is so cute! I love Cake Boss too, thanks for sharing!

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  24. This is so fun! Thank you for sharing!

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  25. That is so unique. Thanks for sharing it at WUW.

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  26. Great looking cake and I bet it tastes great too!

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  27. SO dang super cute! :) By the way-you won my giveaway! Contact me with your information and I will send it over to Creativity for kids. Congrats!
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  28. oh...!!! I love how this came out. I want to eat it!!!!

    Meanwhile, thank you for linking it up at our DIY TUTORIAL PARTY at FineCraftGuild.com. We'd love to seeing you again this Wednesday with some new projects.


    Rose

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