1 Bake 4 layers - 1 each in a 10", 8", and 6" round pan. Back a tiny layer in a 4" pan if you have one or else in a small Pyrex bowl, ramekin or cupcake pan (in a pinch). These will be stacked as shown, to make the hive.
2. When cool, level the bottom 3 layers, and stack, with yellow-tinted buttercream icing between the layers. Add the top layer. Cover the entire cake with open stars, using a Wilton No. 16 or 18 tip. If you have a larger tip, use that - I believe I used a Wilton 32.) Note - put several layers of stars at the "steps" so it looks smooth, not stair-like.)
3. Tint fondant yellow and roll several long snakes. Wrap these around the cake layers as shown above, to emphasize the hive shape. Add a small black fondant door.
4. To finish cake, position bees using clear skewers. (See note in the Death Star post about clear skewers.) I also drizzled some gold piping gel around the top, as it looked just like honey.