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!
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 Bee Cupcake Ingredients
For the honey cake cupcakes you'll need:
- Sour cream
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Vanilla extract
For the honey buttercream you'll need:
- Powdered sugar
- Cream cheese
What You'll Need To Make this recipe
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- Cupcake liners
- Standard muffin pan
- Edible bee decorations for cakes
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Electric mixer
- Mixing bowls
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.
Beehive Cupcakes FAQs
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other Awesome and Tasty Desserts to Try!
- Lemon and Raspberry Bundt Cake
- Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls
- Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
- Apple Nachos
- Smores Pie
- Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Honey Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting
- ½ cup butter softened
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Honey buttercream frosting
- ¼ cup butter
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 4 tablespoon honey
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1-3 teaspoons milk if needed
- 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.