Have you ever seen a real beehive? Not one a beekeeper keeps, a real beehive in the wild or your yard? I have and it is a beautiful, creepy and noisy thing. I have see two in nature and there is nothing like it. I actually saw one this week that inspired these beehive cookies. I know you are probably getting tired of seeing these bees so this is the last bee post for a long, long time! I promise. I just though a beehive cookie would be a great way to show you that you don’t have to have an airbrush gun to get airbrush details on a cookie. You do however need a paintbrush. Two of these cookies were painted and one was airbrushed. Can you tell which one is airbrushed?
Supplies for Beehive Cookies:
Black 15 Second Icing
Honey Yellow 15 Second Icing- (Mix yellow with ivory until you get the desired color)
AmeriColor Warm Brown Food Gel Color
Bee Royal Icing Transfers
Paintbrush (used for food only)
Beehive Cookie Cutter-(I can’t remember where I got mine but here are few that are really cute.)
Begin by outlining and flooding the be entrance to the beehive with the black icing. Let it dry completely so you don’t risk the black bleeding onto the yellow icing. For more information on why colors bleed click here.
Next, with the yellow icing, outline the beehive cookie by following the edges of the cookie. Flood every other section and let dry for about 20 minutes.
Then, flood the remaining sections with the yellow icing and let them dry completely. Next is the fun part. Adding depth to a cookie is easier than you may think. All you need is a good paintbrush like these, and some food color gel. I used the #8 brush from this set and dipped one side of the brush into the warm brown gel color and the other side into some water. Then, make a few practice stokes on a plate or an old cookie.
Once you feel comfortable, start painting the gel beside the groves of the sections letting the edge of the brush go into the grove. Continue until all the sections are shaded. I really enjoy painting cookie but, the airbrush gun was much faster.
The beehive cookies are cute on their own but, all beehives need bees. It is easy to add a royal icing transfer to a cookie. Simply add a little royal icing to the back of the transfer and placing it onto the cookie where you want it. Lay it flat and let it dry.
In case you couldn’t tell which beehive cookie was airbrushed, it is the middle one. No airbrush and no wings on the bee so I could keep then straight! I love “Wendy” my airbrush gun but, to be honest, I think I like the beehive cookies that were painted a little better. You don’t have to have an airbrush gun to add shadows to your cookies. Sometimes a paintbrush is all you need.