It’s my boss’s birthday, and in recognition I decided to go with a bee theme. Our business name is related to bees, and on our group office chat her screen name is The Queen Bee. Honey Bee cupcakes seemed to fit the bill perfectly!
These cupcakes are tender, sweet and lightly honey-flavored. I added the orange zest to emphasize the floral notes of the orange clover honey I used. The frosting is sweet and easy to pipe into a hive shape to really drive the theme home. I found delightful little candy bees at my local cake decorating shop to put these cupcakes over the top. A drizzle of honey as a finishing touch and I could almost hear busy little bees buzzing!
These are a perfect cupcake to bake this spring for a themed birthday, baby shower, easter party or any fun celebration. Enjoy!
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
2 eggs at room temperature
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1/2 cup whole milk at room temperature
2 tablespoons sour cream at room temperature
1 cup softened butter
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon orange juice
4 cups powdered sugar
Extra honey for drizzling
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. place paper liners into 12 muffin pan cups and set aside.
In a bowl, which together the flour, baking powder sand salt.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the honey, sour cream, orange zest and vanilla bean paste. Add the flour mixture and milk in alternating additions.
Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool for 5 minutes in the tins, then remove to a site rack to cool completely before frosting.
In a large bowl, beat together the butter, orange juice and honey until well mixed. Add the powdered sugar and beat at medium speed until the frosting is thick and creamy.
Place the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a round tip. Pipe the frosting on each cupcake to look like a beehive. Drizzle over extra honey and carefully place your candy bees. Enjoy!