Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Cupcake Tuesday-Honey Berry Cupcakes

I was inspired to make these cupcakes recently after suffering from a terrible sore throat. I drank SO much tea with honey, lemon water with honey, etc that it was just really on my mind, and I figured, why NOT make a cupcake?

Thus was born the honey cupcake. I frosted them with a berry cream cheese frosting, but you could do lemon, orange, chocolate, pretty much whatever you would like.

Honey Cupcakes
makes 24
2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup honey

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two cupcake pans.

In a large bowl whip together the room temperature butter with the sugar until they get nice and light.  Add the 2 eggs, one at a time and beat for about another minute. The mixture should be a light yellow color and not the dark color of egg yolks. While the eggs are mixing in, add the vanilla and the salt.

Next, measure out your baking soda, baking powder and flour in a medium bowl.  Add about 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until just combined.  Add the honey.  Follow that with another 1/3 of the flour, the sour cream and the last of the flour, beating well after each addition.

Scrape the sides of the bowls and mix one last time to make sure it is all combined.

Scoop into the cupcake pans using a 2 oz ice cream scoop, or filling about 2/3 of the way full.

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool.

Berry Cream Cheese Frosting
2 8 oz blocks cream cheese
1 stick butter, room temperature
2 Tablespoons mixed berry jam/preserves
3-4 cups powdered sugar 

In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese and the butter with a mixer until it gets a little fluffy, this will take about 2-3 minutes.

While the cream cheese and butter are mixing add in your jam.

Now slowly add the powdered sugar, about 1/2 cup at a time, keeping the mixer on low to let it mix in.  Once you have the right sweetness, scrape the sides and mix on medium for about 20 seconds to make sure everything is smooth.  Don't be afraid of over-beating this, you're going for a pretty light frosting here. 

Once the cupcakes are cooled, pipe or frost the frosting onto the cupcakes.

To make them extra special and sticky, drizzle some honey on top!



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