Honey Bee Cupcakes

Honey Bee Cupcake recipe

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Vanilla cupcakes infused with sweet honey and filled with baked-in honey cream cheese filling, frosted with honey butter cream frosting piped to look like a bee hive.

*** this cupcake is very sweet, consider using Whipped Cream Frosting to lighten the sweetness.  Honey in the cupcake recipe makes this extra sweet as well as the drizzle.



115.25 ounce classic white cake mix

1/3 cup clover or orange blossom honey

3/4 cup water

3 egg whites

1/3 cup vegetable oil


4 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons marshmallow cream

3 tablespoons honey

1 egg white

1/2 teaspoon creme bouquet or clear vanilla extract- optional


1/2  cup unsalted butter, room temperature

4 oz cream cheese, softened

34 cups confectioners’ sugar

3 tablespoons honey

1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla- optional

24- Bee Icing Decorations 

Extra honey to drizzle over frosted cupcakes.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Lightly spray liners with cooking spray.  Set aside.
  2. In large mixing bowl, add cake mix, egg whites, honey, water and vegetable oil.  With hand mixer beat for 2 minutes.
  3. In small mixing bow, add cream cheese, marshmallow cream, honey, egg white and beat on medium speed to combine. Set aside this filling for cupcakes.
  4. With ice cream scoop fill liners half full with cupcake batter. With a teaspoon spoon cream cheese filling in center of cupcake batter.  Add additional  teaspoon of cake batter over the top of filling.  Fill the cupcake liner only 3/4 full.
  5. Bake cupcakes 18-20 minutes or until down when cake top springs back. (If you insert a toothpick you will get the filling and not a true reading of doneness.)
  6. Allow to cool before frosting.

Making Frosting:

  1. In large mixing bowl, add softened butter and cream cheese, beat until very smooth.
  2. Add honey and extract, beat until smooth.
  3. Add confectioner’s sugar and beat until frosting is light and fluffy.

Fill pastry bag fitted with large round tip with frosting.  Pipe frosting in center of cupcake and around the outside edges of the cakes creating a bee hive effect.

Garnish cupcakes with small honey bee icing decorations.  Drizzle with honey if desired.