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

Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

  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

Ingredients

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

Directions

  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

Ingredients

  •  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

Directions

  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.

 

Sweet Inspiration: 4th of July Party Ideas & DIYs

Patriotic Ice-Cream Sandwiches from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

Can you believe the the 4th of July is just right around the corner? Where on earth did the month of June go? Wow! When my parents told me time would fly as I got older, I really didn’t want to believe it. But they were right. Summers come and go in the blink of an eye these days, which is why we should always make the most out of it! That my friends includes celebrating the 4th of July in style this year with some really cute and fun ideas for a party or gathering. We have put together a few of our favorite Independance Day crafts and recipes that are circulating Pinterst right now to help inspire!

How fun are those patriotic ice-cream sandwiches? Creamy cheesecake ice cream is sandwiched between crisp red velvet shortbread cookies, all in the shape of a star. Just the ticket for staying cool and celebrating the fourth of July! Visit A Farmgirl’s Dabbles for the recipe!

Bandanna Napkin and Silverware Mason Jars from A Soft Place to LandYet another awesome and oh so festive idea for the Mason jar here. Bandannas are pulling napkin duty in bright blue and red along with silverware and a jar. This is a great idea for a large party, guests can even use the jar for their beverage as well! Visit A Soft Place to Land for more ideas!

 Rocket Favor Pack from Martha StewartAnd what would the 4th of July be without a Martha Stewart idea as well? These Rocket Favor packs are too cute and a really easy DIY that young guests are sure to love! Pick your favorite patterned cardstock and candies and craft up a dozen or two for the kiddies.

 

Bandanna Garland and Place mat from ParentsIn keeping with the bandanna theme above you could also use them to create a fun banner decoration or even a flag place mat! These cute DIYs from Parents are easy and super patriotic too.

Our Independence Day Pinterest BoardJoin us on Pinterest here, we would love to see what inspires you!

Jaws Themed Birthday Sneak Peek

"You're going to need a bigger boat post..."

 

Here's a little sneak peek from our super fun Jaws themed party this weekend. Seriously this was just a blast to do and was really well received. Jason even pointed out that we had now done two of the highest grossing films during the summer of 1977, Jaws & Star Wars. Perhaps we should move on to 1978 and see what we can cook up there? Stay tuned to the blog for our full how-to, where-to post on this party!

Peach Nutmeg Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting Recipe

OMG these cupcakes are so delicious! We stumbled across this recipe with our trusty Pinterest account and had to try it out immediately, since peaches are fading fast here at the tail end of summer. Our neighbor was kind enough to give us a few fresh ones the other day so we put them to good use and shared the spoils with them. 


 

The peach and nutmeg are perfectly paired in a light fluffy cake and the brown sugar and cream cheese frosting is perhaps one of the best we have ever tasted. We personally tend to gravitate towards frostings that are not too super duper sweet so this one was perfect for us! Give it a try this weekend with the last of those summer peaches and come back to let us know what you thought about them. Happy Weekend!

Inspiration Pinterest 7.4.11

This week's inspiration is all about the cool refreshing cucumber! I don't know about you but there is just something so soothing about a cucumber. Maybe it is that cool green and slightly translucent look that has me swooning this week.

When I was younger my mother would serve tall pitcher's of ice-cold water with thin slices of cucumber and lemon floating about inside. They added just a hint of flavor to a refreshing summer-time neccesity. Check out these popsicles, they are kind of similar. 

Lemon Cucumber Popsicle by Family Fresh Cooking

Here is the recipe if you are dying to try them too!

  • 1 cup julienned seedless Cucumber
  • 1 fresh squeezed Lemon, remove any seeds
  • 2 cups cold Water
  • Natural Sweetener added to taste: use your favorite, I use Stevia. Maple Syrup, Honey & Agave are good too

METHOD

Slice lemon in half and squeeze it over a strainer into 2 cups of cold water. Sweeten lemon water to taste with your favorite sweetener. Fill popsicle molds 2/3 with lemonade. Freeze uncovered for about 1 hour. Take pops out of freezer. Scrape and stir any ice crystals that have formed. Add a spoonful of the julienned cucumber to the pop molds. Be sure to leave a tiny bit of room at the top of your popsicle mold so they don’t overflow when you add the stick. With a popsicle stick or a butter knife, press the cucumber into the mixture so it is evenly distributed. Add your popsicle sticks, freeze pops for another 3-4 hours until solid.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches from Martha StewartWhat better to go with a cumcumber lemon water than a divine little cucumber tea sandwich? These visually pleasing sandwiches from Martha Stewart are just too cool. I kinda want to make some just so I can take pictures of them. Plain 'ole sliced white bread never looked so fancy!

Tazo, not only do you have appealing packaging but you also have appealing flavors. Perhaps your tea needs to date Martha's sandwiches? A perfect match made in cucumber heaven?

White Cucumber Tea from Tazo

As always, we would love to follow you and for you to follow us on Pinterest so that we can share in all the wonderful beautiful creative things our web has to offer! Visit us here

Inspiration Pinterest 6.03.11

Summer is offically right around the corner and we have already begun thinking ahead to the month of July and our nation's Independence Day celebrations. Here are a few things we are inspired by this week, all about the 4th of July!

Patriotic Star Medallion from MarthaRed RocketsStarry Red White and Blue Paper Straws

Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes Recipe

We have been sweating it out all week here at Hello My Sweet and looking for a perfect recipe to represent the coming summer. What better than Strawberry Lemonade? Sweet juicy strawberries and a tart refreshing lemons combining to bring you a tasty cool treat for the summer.

Of course we wanted to make our strawberry lemonade in cupcake form, so without further ado we give you Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes.

We hope you will give this recipe a shot, it is oh so delicious. The cake is super moist and the sweet and tart combination is perfection.

Don't forget to come back afterwards and leave us a comment about how yours turned out.