Honey Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe)

by ilene on June 17, 2013

in baking, party, recipes

Last week, I shared how I made a (fake) beehive cake for a bumblebee-themed baby shower I helped host a few months ago.  The cake was fake because I made honey cupcakes for everyone to enjoy instead. I figured it would be easier for guests to nosh and nibble on cupcakes than to serve slices of cake at the party.   It just seemed more cumbersome to have to cut and serve cake than for guests to be able to pick up cupcakes from the dessert table:

Plus, everyone likes cupcakes, right?   For these cupcakes, I used local farm fresh honey that my dad got in quarts from the farmers market.  I also added honey to the cream cheese frosting. By the way, can I tell you how much I looooove cream cheese frosting? It’s my favorite frosting! I use it on pretty much all the cupcakes that I bake, including these green tea matcha cupcakes and red velvet cupcakes.  I swirled the frosting and piled it on really high on each cupcake, they kind of resemble beehives that way. The little edible sugar bumblebee toppers were bought from Amazon.

Honey cupcakes (makes 2 dozen)

  •  2 sticks of butter at room temperature
  • 1.5  cups of white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups  of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In medium bowl mix together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt
  3. In small bowl mix together wet ingredients: buttermilk, honey and vanilla
  4. In bowl of stand mixer cream butter and sugar together on medium speed until combined
  5. Add eggs, one at a time beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed
  6. Gradually add the dry and wet ingredients, alternating starting and ending with dry ingredients. Mix until combined
  7. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners.  Using ice cream scoop, fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350 degrees
  9. Let cupcakes cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.


Honey Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • yellow gel food coloring
1. In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in honey, then gradually stir in the confectioners’ sugar. Add more sugar if the frosting needs to be thicker.  Stir in small drops of food coloring until you achieve the desired shade of yellow. Store in the refrigerator after use.


Enjoy these sweet as honey treats!!

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