Sweet Ideas: Bumblebee, Honey Comb & Bee Hive Cupcakes


We have seen so many cuter than cute parties featuring yellow, bumble bees, honey, and bee hives that we thought we would share a few photos and a recipe for two of our favorite cupcakes.

This recipe is for a Banana Cake topped with Honey Buttercream and finished with a Hive Comb Sugar Cookie or just a simple Bumblebee.

Let me first say, this is one of our favorite recipes. Banana cake is very sweet, but not overly sweet. It is more like a muffin, only topped with frosting. I have personally consumed many of these for breakfast. The combination of banana cake with honey - cinnamon frosting is perfect.

Banana Cupcakes


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 ripe bananas)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Honey-Cinnamon Frosting (recipe below)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Make a well in center of flour mixture. In well, mix together butter, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla. Stir to incorporate flour mixture (do not overmix). Dividing evenly, spoon batter into muffin cups.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely on a wire rack. Top with Honey-Cinnamon Buttercream. 

Honey Cinnamon Buttercream


  • 1 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat confectioners’ sugar, unsalted butter, honey, and ground cinnamon until smooth, 4 to 5 minutes.

Sugar Cookie Honey Comb Shapes


  •  2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons brandy, or milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Light Corn Syrup
  • Yello Sanding Sugar


  1. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar; mix until light and fluffy. With mixer running, add egg, brandy, and vanilla; mix until well combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add reserved flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
  2. Transfer dough to a work surface. Shape into 2 discs, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.
  4. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes, and transfer to prepared baking sheets, leaving an inch in between. Leftover dough can be rolled and cut once more. Bake until lightly golden, about 10 minutes; do not allow to brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
  5. Brush with a light coating of corn syrup and dust with yellow sanding sugar to complete the look.


Decorating Suggestions

Bee Hive Cupcakes: Pipe frosting using a large round tip. You can be as creative as you want here, doing just a few fat rings, or going really tall with several more. 

Honey Comb Cupcakes: Ice cupcakes with a spatula, then affix your sugar cookie shape on top, filling the center with fresh honey to finish.

Bumblebees: Create edible bumblebees to add to your frosted cupcake by combining large black jelly beans, almond slices and yellow tinted icing. (You can use store bought, or leftover honey buttercream.)


  • Starting with your jelly beans, secure an almond slice to each side of each bean with dots of icing. You may find it helpful to let the almond slices set in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before attempting to proceed.
  • Then stripe your yellowicing across in a zig-zag pattern using a sandwich baggie with  a very small hole snipped off the corner. Refrigerate again to harden icing.
  • Nestle your bees onto the frosted cupcakes.


Walk Through a Wedding with Justin & Mary, Charlotte NC

It was a warm pleasant early spring day. The kind you hope for all winter long. The kind that make you want to spend all day outside soaking in every last ray in the hopes that it will hold you over until the next one comes along and winter breaks for good. A perfect weather day in my book. (Perfect weather makes me very happy and always increases my mood exponentially.) Jason and I were on a road trip, destination Charlotte, NC. Well technically Davidson, NC, but tomatoe/tomato one is right outside the other. The cooler was in the back filled to the brim with cupcakes, we journeyed south for three hours.

Our mission: Deliver Honey Bee cupcakes to Justin & Mary Marantz and Julia (J2 their wonderful assistant) for their Walk Through a Wedding w/ J&M Workshop. Theme: American Honey.

Now you are probably wondering, "Who are Justin & Mary? What is a Walk Through a Wedding? What does any of that have to do with cupcakes?" Well let me just tell you...




Justin & Mary are a husband and wife photography team based out of New Haven, Connecticut. We have found them to be very inspiring along the entrepreneurial path/adventure that we have been on for the past year. They write an extremely comprehensive and motivational blog to accompany their photographs, inspiring even the smallest of business owners and startups to follow their dream, stay true to themselves, and never give up trying! 

Justin & Mary Marantz



The Walk Through a Wedding w/ J&M Workshop is where we will literally walk you through an entire wedding day with Justin & Mary! In it, we will cover everything from the getting ready details to shooting in a dark church to posing the couple portraits to shooting the reception & details. We will have everything set up to be just like a real wedding, so this is literally a one-stop shop for all those things you struggle with! ** This workshop is aimed at fellow photographers and is limited to 20 seats.**


Walk Through a Wedding Workshop Attendees making magic!


Sounds cool, what in the world does that have to do with cupcakes?

Cupcakes are an integral part of any wedding reception dontcha know? Once we read about the theme for the The Walk Through a Wedding w/ J&M Workshop in Charlotte (the closest they would be traveling to us), American Honey and saw their dreamy dreamboard of visionary wonderment that inspires the entire day of the workshop, we decided to make contact. See we had a vision too, of honey bee cupcakes, something we had been meaning to try, photograph and get up on our website! Plus the opportunity to be a part of anything business related with J&M had us pumped since we read their blog all the time! So we shot an email over with the idea and lo and behold, they said sure! Our honey bee cupcakes with delicious banana cake and fresh honey buttercream, perched atop charming DIY cake stands, being photographed and consumed by a whole lotta people, makes us happy campers. Plus J&M and J2 just seem like really cool, nice, happy, salt of the earth type people. People like that you just want to do things for, be a part of all that goodness. Or as they like to say, "Spread the Love."

The American Honey Theme Dreamboard


So now that you know all about J&M, the workshop and why we wanted to participate I guess it's time to get down to the good part. What happened once we arrived. Once in Charlotte and we located the workshop reception venue at Beaver Dam, (we were the first ones there making us nervous that we were in fact in the right place), we hauled our cupcakes into the house and spoke breifly with the venue management on staff there. Yes we were in the right place, yes we were the first ones there, no we did not miss the whole thing, etc. Whew! With our fears out of the way we ventured out to find a bite to eat with plans to return in one hour. We got distracted by a shiny object (Homegoods) and ending up not eating at all. You have to understand that we do not live in an area that is blessed with great shopping. Bare bones is more like it, in the middle of nowhere at the time. A store like Homegoods is too wonderful for us to pass up, we ignored our tummies and oooh'd and ahhh'd over the merchandise. One hour later we pryed ourselves away from Homegoods and hopped back into the truck. We arrived at the venue right on time this go round, and by on-time I mean 20 minutes later than we planned to, but just as everyone else was pulling up the drive as well. Yay!

Beaver Dam Historical House in Davidson, NC

We nervously hopped out of the truck and walked over to the rest of the group that had just arrived, looking for Julia (J2) who is in charge of setting up the faux reception and our main point of contact throughout the preparation for our trip. Ok admittedly I was the nervous one, Jason doesn't get nervous about meeting people and usually ends up reassuring me constantly during all my social anxiety awkwardness. Meeting Julia was great, she was super friendly and super nice in just the way I envisioned. She hugged us both, "we hug", she proclaims. Hugging cuts through all the nervous for me and puts my worries at ease. Everyone gushes over the cupcakes appropriately and we give breif instructions on honey pouring and then before you know we we are out the door and on our way home. We would have loved to have stayed and watched the whole workshop, possibly meet J&M and watch them work their magic, but I have a huge fear of being in the way and taking up precious space so I thought it best to just deliver and get on outta there.

Now for the good stuff, pictures! Who knew our cupcakes could look so good?

All photos are courtesy of Justin & Mary Photography.




 We would like to thank Justin & Mary for allowing us to be a part of something totally new to us and inspiring, and thank you to Julia for being so creative and making our cupcakes shine!