Decorate a Bee Cookie Platter for Valentine's Day
Elevate your Valentine's Day celebration with a touch of sweetness as we guide you through the art of decorating a bee cookie platter using royal icing.
In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you how to transform ordinary bee and bee hive-shaped cookies into edible works of art. These cookie cutters, available in our shop, serve as the canvas for your creativity. Whether you're a baking enthusiast or just looking for a unique way to spread love for the upcoming holiday, this tutorial is sure to create "buzz" around your Valentine's Day festivities.
Bee Platter Cookie Cutters
This bee & beehive cookie cutter set includes a bee cookie cutter, a beehive cookie cutter, and a center circle cutter. You can purchase cookie cutters together as a set, or as a pair of cutters without the center circle.
There are two sizes available. When arranged as a platter, as shown in the example picture, the platter measures:
LARGE- 12 inches in diameter.
SMALL- 9 inches in diameter.
For this tutorial, I'll be decorating the large size.
Template for the Bee & Beehive Cookie Set
To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template of all the designs of this year's Valentine cookie collection, including this bee cookie platter set design.
Click the link below for the downloadable template PDF file.
This file is rather large in data size. Just a warning, it might take a moment before the file opens in your browser.
If you have a Kopykake or Pico projector, just print it out (or pull it up on your mobile device) and you are good to go. For those without a projector, follow the suggested steps below by tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.
The Cookie Decorating Process
To decorate these bee cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:
- Yellow royal icing (I mixed equal parts Americolor Egg Yellow and Americolor Gold.)
- Brown icing (I mixed Americolor Chocolate Brown with Americolor Super Black.)
- Pink icing (I used touch of Americolor Tulip Red.)
- Light Blue icing (I used a touch Americolor Wedgewood.)
- White icing (I used Americolor Bright White.)
Begin by filling in the yellow sections of the bee. Be sure to fill around the eye hole. Quickly add the pink cheek circle detail. Let this icing set for about 20 minutes.
Then add the brown eye and two brown stripe sections. Quickly add the two white eye dot accents.
Next, fill in the wing section with light blue icing.
Finish the cookie by adding the brown antenna and outlining the wing.
Begin by painting on a thin layer of brown icing. Let that icing set.
Then fill in every other hive section with yellow icing. Outline around the heart opening, as shown.
Next, fill in the remaining beehive sections around the heart opening again. Let this icing set.
Then add the final honey drip details.
For the center circle cookie, flood the entire cookie with white icing. Let this icing dry complete overnight.
To add the message, I used this new "Bee Mine" cookie stencil in my shop. I swiped stiff brown icing over it to apply the message design.
Valentine Bee Cookie Platter Video Tutorial
The steps above are summarized in the time-lapsed video below.
Here is the completed bee and beehive cookie platter all assembled. To create this entire platter required 11 cookies-- 5 bee cookies, 5 beehive cookies, and 1 center circle cookie.
This is the large, 12" version. For the tray it's on, I like to use the 12" pizza pans from Dollar Tree. They are cheap and sturdy for transporting around.
If you love this bee platter design, you're going to love exploring our shop for additional Valentine's Day cookie cutters. From hearts to pun-inspired designs, find the perfect additions to make your Valentine's Day celebrations extra sweet. Happy decorating!