Finding Awesome Valentine’s Day ideas isn’t always easy. My husband usually likes to shop for himself for anything he needs so I typically struggle to come up with a gift that is fun and unique, while at the same time being something I know will show how much I appreciate him.
This year, I believe I’ve found the perfect valentines day idea that is a little whimsical and shows that I care about putting effort into his gift. These Honey Bee Mine Valentine’s Cakes are super cute, easy to make, and anyone is sure to love them. If you are looking for simple, yet awesome Valentines Day ideas this is just the thing. Guys, you can surely make these for the special lady in your life, or anyone could make them for a class treat for your kids’ school!
Honey Bee Mine Valentine’s Day Cakes
- Hostess Twinkies Snack Cakes
- Wilton Candy Eyeballs
- Black frosting
- Frosting (or use Nutella, peanut butter)
- White and Milk Chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup (add more if needed)
- Begin by preparing your modeling chocolate (recipe below). While the chocolate is cooling unwrap your Twinkies. Once the chocolate is cooled you have a nice chocolate clay to work with.
- Roll out black and white modeling chocolate to about 1/16″ thickness.
- Using a sharp knife gently cut the wings from your white modeling chocolate. Once cut to desired shape, place them into the fridge for about 10 minutes to allow them to harden.
- Cut strips about 1 1/2″ long from the brown and roll them with your hands to make thin logs. Curl up one end to make antennae. Once you have reached your desired shape place them into the fridge for about 10 minutes to allow them to harden.
- While the wings and antennae are hardening, use a knife or Pastry Wheel to cut 1/2″ wide by 5″- 6″ long strips from the brown. You will need approx. 3 strips per bee.
- Gently shape these around your bee to make the stripes of the bee as pictured. Cut off excess at the bottoms as needed.
- To finish decorating your bees, use a dab of frosting to attach the wings and eyes. Use a toothpick to poke two holes in between the eyes and the first stripe. Then stick an antennae in each hole. Paint on a black frosting smile.
- Melt chocolate in small saucepan or in the microwave using 30 second intervals.
- Allow the chocolate to cool to about 91 degrees, stirring often. If you don’t have a Candy Thermometer, test the temperature of the melted chocolate by putting a drop on your finger. It should feel cool. If it’s hot, let it cool longer.
- Pour in corn syrup.
- Stir slowly until well mixed. This chocolate mixture will become thick very quickly, so be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to incorporate all of the melted chocolate.
- Pour mixture out onto a flat surface, using powdered sugar if needed to help shape the dough
- Knead until glossy and smooth. If your hands are warm us a Dough Scraper to knead the modeling chocolate.
- Wrap the modeling chocolate in plastic wrap and place in a zip top bag or airtight container.
Once the chocolate is melted and cooled to the right temperature (approx 91 degrees), pour in the corn syrup. The mixture will become thick quickly so be sure to stir and scrape the bottom of the bowl to incorporate all of the chocolate.
Pour the mixture onto a flat surface to begin kneading and shaping the dough. Use a dough scraper if your hands are too warm. Flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.
When you are ready to decorate your cakes, roll the dough to a 1/16″ thickness. Cut out strips that you will use to wrap around your bee and cut off excess as needed.
Use a dab of frosting and secure a chocolate chip on one end to be used as the tail (stinger).
Cut the wings from your white modeling chocolate, then place in the refrigerator to harden.
Cut strips about 1 1/2″ long from the brown and roll them with your hands to make thin logs. Curl up one end to make antennae, then place them into the fridge for about 10 minutes to allow them to harden.
Use a dab of frosting to attach the candy eyes and to draw a smile on the face. Use a toothpick to poke two holes in the twinkie between the eyes and the first stripe. Stick an antennae into each hole.
Use another few drops of frosting to attach the wings and you will have a completed Honey Bee Mine Valentine’s Day gift!
These cute little bees are a great Valentines Day idea and can be given individually, or send them as a happy couple. These would also be a fun project to do with kids and then send to school. I was thinking of taking some pre-made modeling chocolate into my kids’ classes and having the students make their own – wouldn’t that be fun!
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Check out some of these great Valentines Day Ideas from around the web, you might find just the thing you are looking for. Most of these ideas are pretty easy, yet unique. There is everything from tasty recipes, to fun crafts!
What do you plan on doing for your sweetie this year?
Do you have any fun Valentines Day ideas in mind?