Honey Cupcakes With Honey Buttercream Icing

Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE cupcakes. Naturally, this recipe is one of my very favorites.

Since honey absorbs and retains moisture, it keeps these cupcakes moist and fresh.

Honey Cupcakes

  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake papers.In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in honey, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix into the batter until just blended. Scoop the batter into the cups evenly.

Cupcakes are ready when the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 20 minutes.

Honey Buttercream Frosting

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup honey plus 2 TBSP
4-5 cups powdered sugar
milk as  needed for thinning out frosting

In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and the honey for 2 minutes.  Add 2 cups of the powdered sugar .
Start on low speed on the mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes.
Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency.
Use milk to thin out frosting to reach desired consistency.

55 thoughts on “Honey Cupcakes With Honey Buttercream Icing

  1. trialsinfood says:

    beautifully frosted!

  2. That photo is so great! I could eat one of these right now : )

  3. PJ Girl says:

    Gorgeous – I can almost taste it!

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  6. Reblogged this on Romancing the Bee and commented:

    I posted this on March 1, and it’s been viewed every day since then! I figure it deserves a reblog… :-)

  7. jhlui1 says:

    It does! What’s the golden sprinkles on the frosting?

  8. I’m going to have to try making a gluten free version of these very soon. Honey cupcakes! Perfect!

  9. bigsmileu1 says:

    These look so yummy! I will need to try them over the weekend. Thanks for reposting. ;)

  10. They are a good spring dessert!!

  11. Good call! I don’t know if it’s because it’s dinner time, but these look so good….

  12. msmckibbon says:

    Oh, man. those look amazing!

  13. Boomdeeadda says:

    I think your photo is perfectly executed!

  14. it looks and sounds delicious–its going on the to do list, and I love the liner/baking cup.

  15. oceannah says:

    I miss my bees…the sisters were so much more than just pollinators and honeymakers. waaaa…. ccd is a bummer.
    *anna

    • I know how you feel. I lost my very first hive to robbing. The awful part is that it was my fault. That’s a bummer too. :-(

      • oceannah says:

        Oh Snap & Sting. I hope to recolonize our hives w/ a wild hive that’s been living in the walls of an abandoned house at my friends farm…but that’s been on the back burner…
        *anna

  16. Glad you liked my blog post “The Secret Lives of Bee-Keepers”- I never knew this was such a big hobby (or Business)! I hope I got all of my facts straight : )

  17. Jamie says:

    Hi there! I just tried this recipe, and my cupcakes came out a bit tough- more like a muffin than a cupcake. Is that how the recipe is supposed to be, or did I just not add enough liquid to the batter?

    • I just made these cupcakes again myself, and they came out fine. The cupcake shouldn’t turn out like a muffin. While it is very rich, it is definitely a cupcake. If you followed the recipe to the letter, I suspect you may have either overmixed the batter or baked the cupcakes for too long.

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  19. Oiy. Now that I’ve recovered from eating three of these cupcakes I have to tell you, I’m not a cake eater. These I will make again, will try adapting the recipe to layer cakes and will NOT eat any of it again! Okay, just tiny amounts that wont kick my blood sugar sky high and set my heart to trip hammer beating.

  20. M.R. says:

    Good grief, woman! – are you EVE? Never mind an apple (or a pomegranate, as some claim): your cupcakes would test the resistance of a saint!

  21. I can certainly see why that’s a favorite. Yummmm!

  22. Jueseppi B. says:

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    Anyone who knows me knows I like honey AND cupcakes….thank you Ms. Deborah DeLong for this recipe. YummY.

  23. cdberg says:

    This recipe looks delish! I would like to make it as a layer cake. Have you tried baking it as a cake? Any adaptation necessary?

  24. Your blog is so beautiful! It’s the first one I go to in the morning!

  25. How many cupcakes does this make?

  26. Brandy says:

    I’m going to make these for my daughters Winnie the Pooh themed baby shower! I’ll use red and yellow (if I can find yellow) colored sugar to sprinkle on top.

  27. Just used your Honey Buttercream Frosting on a “Spicy Honey Cake”–omg–SO good! Thanks!

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