Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Company~ My favorite kind~And leftover batter~

I am sure you can guess who these were made for~


Little boys like mini cupcakes too:)


I made Martha's Beehive Cake for Mother's Day and froze it..but had some batter left over for these:)



I love having little ones to play for:)

The recipe for the cake..

Ingredients

Serves 10

* FOR THE CAKE
* 3 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sifted cake flour, plus more for mold
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 2 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* Ground cloves
* 6 ounces (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for mold
* 1 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
* 2/3 cup honey
* 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
* 1 1/2 cups whole milk, room temperature
* 6 large egg whites, room temperature
* 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
* FOR THE HONEY GLAZE
* 2/3 cup honey
* 1/4 cup light-brown sugar
* 2 2/3 ounces (1/3 cup) unsalted butter
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* FOR THE SUGAR GLAZE
* 1/4 cup water
* 1 3/4 to 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
* Marzipan Bees

Directions

1. Make the cake: Place rack in center of oven, and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a pastry brush, coat both sides of a beehive mold with butter, making sure to cover all areas. Dust mold with flour, tap out excess, and freeze until ready to use.
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and a pinch of cloves. Cream butter and brown sugar with a mixer until pale and fluffy. Reduce the speed; drizzle in honey. Beat on high until very pale and fluffy. Add vanilla. Add flour mixture, alternating with milk, beginning and ending with flour. Transfer batter to a large bowl.
3. Whisk egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar, and whisk until stiff, glossy peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the egg white mixture into cake batter, then fold in the remaining whites.
4. Divide batter between molds, and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes. Cover with foil, and bake 15 to 20 minutes more (a tester inserted in the middle of the cake should come out clean). Transfer molds to a wire rack, and let cakes cool in pans for 15 to 20 minutes.
5. Turn out cakes, supporting them with your hand, and place flat sides on rack. Let cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or up to 1 day).
6. Carefully trim the flat sides of the cake halves with a serrated knife so each is level. Align the halves to make sure they are flush, then separate.
7. Make the honey glaze: Bring honey, brown sugar, and butter to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add vanilla, and remove from heat. Let cool for 1 minute.
8. Brush a coat of honey glaze on the flat side of each cake half. Gently press halves together, and let set upright for 5 minutes. (If they don't stay together, place a small bowl over top to hold the 2 sides together while glaze sets.) Carefully transfer beehive to a rack set over parchment. Spoon remaining warm honey glaze over cake until the cake is completely covered. Let stand until set.
9. Make the sugar glaze: Bring water to a boil. Add 1 3/4 cups sugar, and stir to dissolve. Remove from heat; let cool for 3 minutes. Spoon some glaze over cake. (If too runny, add more sugar until glaze is the consistency of thick honey.) Pour 1/2 of the glaze over cake, letting it drizzle down the sides. Let set for 5 minutes, then spoon remaining glaze on top. Arrange marzipan bees on cake, pressing gently to adhere to glaze. Serve immediately.

I'll post the cake after Mother's Day..once it's finished..I sure like the little mold.
I have not made the glazes yet and simply iced the cupcakes with vanilla icing and added the Jumbo Sprinkles.. Cause our boys love sprinkles.



See those little hands? Another pair of equally edible little boys hands will be holing my cupcakes soon..

September.. a baby brother for Lucas(Lulu) and Maxime..(Max):)
A new cousin for Noah..:)

10 comments:

  1. Precious, M! Congrats. A girly Nana with all her boys!

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  2. Monique, what a sweet post ... I'm sure the beehive cake for Mother's Day will be perfect.

    Little boys' hands are so sweet.

    Another little boy, how wonderful. I can imagine the fun and adventures four little boys can have.

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  3. I've already made a deal w/ J..His basement family room will one day be the Boys room:)
    Thanks ladies.. 4 boys under the age of 4:) Imagine..
    !

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  4. Oh Monique - I love those little hands! I have a second grandson on the way in August. I can't wait!!

    Beautiful cupcakes. Little hands and big hands alike would love those! ;)

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  5. These look like so much fun, perfect for little kiddos :).

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  6. Knowing how much fun and enjoyment you get out of those little boys makes me exited for ours to arrive in September also!

    Cute, cute little mini cupcakes and the little hand wrapped around it ;)

    Can't wait to see the beehive cake!

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  7. Oh Monique... Mazel Tov...there is nothing like a new baby. That picture is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. You have such a talent!
    I happen to have a huge fondness for little boys!
    How exciting!
    L~xo

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  8. Lori Congratulations! And Linda..I don't blame you:)I have witnessed your love first hand on our blogs:)Susan..I hope you take as many 1rstDGS pics as all the flowers and all the food I have enjoyed from you in the last ..oh.. 8 years or so:)~

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  9. Precious, Monique,,and my troop of little boys. such fun!
    Your pics are wonderful..

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