What’s the Buzz?

IMG_4083These bees taste as sweet as honey and are guaranteed to make an unBEElievable impression on guests at your next BBQ or summer gathering.

INGREDIENTS

Makes 12 servings (if you don’t gobble up the beehive)

  • 2 standard size donuts
  • 13 mini donuts
  • 1 munchkin
  • 24 mini vanilla wafer cookies
  • black decorating gel
  • 1 container of white frosting
  • yellow food coloring
  • 24 mini white candy pearls
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 chocolate bar

BEE PREPARATION

Create the body:

  • MelScreen Shot 2016-08-18 at 10.11.51 PMt a can of vanilla frosting until it’s in liquid form. Add and mix yellow food dye for desired shade of yellow.
  • Dip donuts into the yellow icing one at a time and coat all sides with the icing.
  • Remove and place on rack for the icing to harden. Repeat this step for 12 yellow donuts.
  • When icing has cooled, draw three lines with black gel icing across the body and a small triangle at the base for the stinger.

Create wings:

  • Cut mini wafer cookies in half.
  • Dip in white melted frosting.
  • Place on wire rack.
  • Sprinkle white sugar on top before icing has hardened.
  • Let cool.

Create the heads:

  • Dip 12 mini round wafer cookies in yellow icing.
  • Cool on wire rack.
  • Once dry, draw eyes, mouth and antennas on face with black gel.
  • Place two mini white circle candy pearls at the tip of the antennas

Put together the bee:Bee Body

  • Use a small drop of icing to connect the back of the head to the body.
  • Next, add a small drop of icing on the back of each wing to connect it to the body.

Tip: Place the head and wings on the body so that more than half covers the donut. This will help stabilize them. If the weight of heads or wings is still too heavy to stay in place, you can place a mini marshmallow below wings or head to hold them in place until they have hardened to the body.

BEEHIVE PREPARATION

  • Dip two regular sized donuts, one mini donut and one munchkin into melted yellow frosting and cover on all sides. IMG_4024
  • Remove and dry on wire rack.
  • Once cooled, place the two big donuts on top of each other, the mini donut on top of that and the munchkin on top (If the beehive is traveling you may want to connect the layers with a dab of icing. Otherwise, just place them on top of each other for easy eating.)
  • Break off a piece of the chocolate candy bar to form the door
  • Use a cheese grater to round off the top section of the door and edges
  • Cover one side of door with icing and stick that side to the donut beehive

Your guests will be buzzing about this tasty treat!

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Sun’s Out Buns Out

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Nope, not talking about a streaking party here. Instead, we’re just going to stick to cupcakes this time around. Now that BBQ season is heating up, these hotdog cupcakes are the perfect dessert for your next event.

Ingredients

  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • 1 pound cake
  • 12 red Starbursts
  • 1 yellow icing tube
  • 1 tub of chocolate frosting
  • 1 small container of rainbow sprinkles

Directions

  • To create the buns, cut the pound cake into 1 inch slices
  • Next cut those slices in half from top to bottom and then in half again across the middle to have four equal pieces
  • Then cut a small triangle out of top part of the pound cake to make room for the hotdog (you can just cut a thin slice to put them in, but it works better if you remove some of the pound cake to make room)
  • To make the hotdog, put the Starbursts in the microwave for 7 seconds each and then roll them into a ball and then into a long hotdog
  • Place the Starburst hotdogs into all the hotdog buns
  • Use the yellow icing tube to draw a thin squiggly line for mustard on all the hotdogs
  • Ice the cupcakes with the chocolate frosting
  • Add the rainbow sprinkles on top of the chocolate frosting
  • Then put the buns with the hotdogs on top of the frosted cupcakes

We’ll be frank, your guests will love these!

Beary Nice Beach Day

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The sun is out and beach season is in full swing. Maybe you’re spending your weekends perfecting your tan while waves are crashing at your feet. Maybe you just dream of being there every time you look at the beautiful beach sunset picture on your desktop. Either way, these little beachy cupcakes are sure to leave a smile on your face.

Ingredients

  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • 1 Fruit by the Foot
  • 1 tub of vanilla frosting
  • Blue food coloring
  • Green food coloring
  • 24 Teddy Grahams
  • 4 graham crackers

Directions

  • Add a drop of blue food coloring to 3/4 of a cup of vanilla frosting and mix
  • Add a drop of green food coloring to 1/4 of a cup of vanilla frosting and mix
  • Ice all 12 cupcakes with blue frosting
  • Crush the graham crackers into crumbs as shown above
  • Cover half the blue iced cupcake with the graham cracker crumbs
  • Use the green frosting to paint bathing suits on the Teddy Grahams
  • Cut the Fruit by the Foot into tiny rectangles to serve as the beach towels
  • Using a small drop of icing, stick the Fruit by the Foot beach towels on the sand
  • Using a small drop of icing, stick the Teddy Grahams on the beach towels
  • Place the remaining Teddy Grahams’ legs into the blue water
  • Mix up all the cupcakes so that they have different numbers of bears swimming, tanning, etc.
  • Serve and watch the smiles come rolling in

Not only are these cupcakes beary cute, they’re also beary tasty too!

PEACHY KEEN DONUTS

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Peach season is going full blast. With a kitchen full of peaches, it was time to make some donuts! Of course, we couldn’t leave them unadorned so a crumb topping was a must.

The recipe follows:

PEACHY KEEN DONUTS

Makes 12 donuts

Ingredients for Donuts

  • Spray on oil
  • 2 cups diced peaches
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 ½ cups unsifted flour for donuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup of toffee bits (optional)

 

Ingredients for Crumb Topping

  • ½ cup unsifted flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of softened butter 

     

    INSTRUCTIONS

    Spray the donut pan with oil. Wipe off the excess spray from the top of the pan.

    Combine peaches and sugar in bowl and let stand for 10 minutes.

    Blend oil, egg, and water into peach mixture.

    Add the 1 ½ cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and optional toffee bits. Stir everything together.

    Fill each donut mold 7/8 full with the batter.

    Make the topping by combining the butter, brown sugar and ½ cup of flour

    Crumble the topping over the donuts (½ of mix for 6 donuts).

    Bake in the oven for 16 minutes.

    Remove from oven and let cool about 30 minutes. Remove donuts from pan.

 

Store in the refrigerator for best flavor. This dessert is just peachy. Enjoy!