Honey Bee Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream

These cute little honey bee cupcakes are almost too pretty to eat! The perfect moist honey vanilla cupcakes and honey buttercream frosting recipe to celebrate warm weather and sunshine! This recipe makes 12!

honey cupcakes topped with honey buttercream frosting sugar bees and honey combs

Bee cupcakes

These honey cupcakes are so soft and moist that they practically melt in your mouth! The buttercream is so soft, rich and flavorful that it pairs great with the cake.

While the cupcake itself is a little on the denser side, it is packed with flavor and absolutely delicious!

These cupcakes are very easy to make, and all of the ingredients were carefully selected to produce a moist and tender cupcake. With a drizzle of honey and a few edible bees on top they look like the perfect summertime or spring dessert!

honey cupcakes with bees with a jar of honey in background

Honey Bee Cupcake Ingredients

For the honey cake cupcakes you’ll need:

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Sour cream
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Vanilla extract

For the honey buttercream you’ll need:

  • Honey
  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Cream cheese

What You’ll Need To Make this recipe

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Tips for Making Honey Bee Cakes

Make sure that your cupcakes are completely cooled before making the buttercream frosting. If they’re even slightly warm, the frosting WILL melt and it won’t be pretty. You can make the frosting and then keep it covered in the fridge until ready to use (recommended) because it pipes better when cold.

Piping the frosting is super easy. You can use a Ziploc bag with the top cut off, or go to your local dollar store or Walmart for a pastry bag and fitted tip. Then you simply, fill and squeeze.

Pro Tip: Don’t overfill the bag, keep it half filled (or less) then twist and tuck the end of the bag into your palm so nothing escapes from the wrong end.

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Beehive Cupcakes FAQs

Why is there sour cream in these cupcakes?

If you’re not a fan of sour cream, trust me- I was once like you haha. But sour cream is AMAZING in baked goods! You can add up to 1 cup worth into most baked recipes and while the batter gets a little thicker, the cupcakes become moister. It’s like a magic trick from the baking gods. Trust me!

What type of honey should I use?

There are so many different types of honey out there and I tried several to figure out how different ones react in these cupcakes. If you want a more prominent honey flavor- use the raw honey. If you want it a little more subtle a clover honey like the kind you get in the bear shaped honey bottles will do.

How should I store leftover buttercream frosting?

Keep your leftover frosting in the fridge in a covered container for up to 1 week. You can also keep it stored the same way in the freezer and it will last up to 3 months! Just make sure to let it thaw for a few hours before using.

How to store bumble bee cupcakes

Keep your completed cupcakes stores in a covered airtight Tupperware container in the fridge. They should last up to a few days this way and still taste great.

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How to Make Honey Bee Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream

How to make cupcakes:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Prepare a muffin pan by adding 12 muffin liners, set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together the milk, honey, and vanilla, then set it aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, or using a bowl and hand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until combined.

Add in the eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each addition. Add in the sour cream and mix again. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Alternatingly, add the flour and wet mixtures, starting and ending with the flour and mixing until combined after each addition.

Scoop and fill the muffin liners until they’re ⅔ full.

Bake 18-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cupcakes cool for 5 minutes and then remove them from the pan to a wire rack to finish cooling.

How to make honey frosting

Beat together the butter and honey until well combined.

Add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then add in a teaspoon of milk at a time until consistency is reached (if needed).

Pipe or spread on cupcakes as desired and top with Bee themed garnishes.

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Honey Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting

A super delicious and moist cupcake with a tender honey buttercream on top. What a great way to celebrate warm weather than with this tasty dessert?
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bee cupcakes, beehive cupcakes, bumble bee cupcakes, honey bee cakes, honey bee cupcakes, honey buttercream, honey cupcakes, honey frosting
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 350kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Honey buttercream frosting

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-3 teaspoons milk if needed

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a muffin pan with 12 liners. Set aside.
  • In medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a smaller bowl, whisk together milk, honey, and vanilla. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, or using a bowl and hand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until combined. (About 2-3 minutes).
  • Add the eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each. Add sour cream and mix again. Scrape down sides of the bowl.
  • Alternatingly, add the flour and wet mixtures. Start and end with the flour. Mix until combined after each addition.
  • Scoop and fill muffin liners until they’re ⅔ full.
  • Bake 18-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cupcakes cool 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
  • Top with honey buttercream frosting and enjoy!

How to Make Honey Buttercream Frosting

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a medium sized bowl with an electric hand mixer, cream the butter, cream cheese, and honey until it's well combined.
  • Slowly add in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add in milk as needed (1 teaspoon at a time) until the desired consistency is reached. It's okay if you don't need any milk at all!
  • Make sure you scrape down the sides of the bowl while mixing.
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Notes

Raw honey and clover honey will yield different results in color and flavor. For a stronger flavor and a slightly more golden color user raw honey. For a lighter color and flavor use pasteurized. 

Nutrition

Serving: 12g | Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 47.4g | Protein: 3.5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4.9g | Cholesterol: 73.6mg | Sodium: 120.3mg | Potassium: 147.7mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 34.3g | Vitamin A: 148.6IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 67.7mg | Iron: 1mg

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