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Beehive Cake

 Beehive Cake
Guests at my fun Bee Tea thought this cake was so cute! To make the hive's different-sized cake layers, I just searched through my kitchen drawers and cabinets and found containers I had on hand to bake the tiers. Honey adds character to the spice cake's flavor. -Sheila Bradshaw, Columbus, Ohio
10-12 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • 9 to 10 drops yellow food coloring
  • 1 chocolate wafer (2-1/2 inches)

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, eggs, honey and oil on
  • low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for two minutes. Grease and
  • flour a 6-oz. and a 10-oz. custard cup and a 1-1/2-qt. round baking
  • dish.
  • Pour 1/3 cup batter into the 6-oz. cup, 1 cup batter into the 10-oz.
  • cup and the remaining batter into the baking dish.
  • Bake the small cake at 350° for 30-35 minutes, the medium cake
  • for 40-45 minutes and the large cake for 55-60 minutes or until a
  • toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10
  • minutes before removing from dishes to wire racks to cool
  • completely.
  • In a large bowl, beat frosting and food coloring until smooth. Place
  • large cake on a serving plate; spread with frosting. Top with medium
  • cake; frost. Top with small cake; frost top and sides of entire

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Beehive Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • cake.
  • Using a wooden spoon and beginning at bottom of cake, make circles in
  • frosting around cake to form the beehive. Position chocolate wafer
  • at the base for the entrance. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 467 calories, 19 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 64 mg cholesterol, 426 mg sodium, 70 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein.