Honey Cupcakes with Marshmallow Icing

Happy Friday, friends!

I made these sweet little honey cupcakes the other day and can’t wait to share them with you! They are for the serious honey lover, as in, yes you can taste the honey! They remind me of something one of my favorite little shops in Savannah, the Savannah Bee Company, would serve. I used to think wine tasting was the best until I discovered the world of honey tasting. And speaking of honey tasting, I remember there being the most incredible honey store in Paris that I can’t wait to go back to next month on my honeymoon! I can’t believe I can officially say the words, “next month on my honeymoon”. Wow.

Anyway, back to these cupcakes! They are just lovely and perfect for spring. I paired them with an old fashioned boiled sugar icing that tastes remarkably just like marshmallow fluff.

These cupcakes are really simple to make and the best thing is that you don’t even need to bust out the Kitchen Aid to make them! I love my electric mixer and all, but sometimes it’s nice to not dirty one more bowl, you know?

These cupcakes are not as light and fluffy as typical storebought American cupcakes. The addition of honey makes them a bit denser. They remind me a little of the s’mores cupcakes I made a couple years ago.

Now, a word to the wise about the icing. If you’re unsure if it’s holding stiff peaks while beating, KEEP BEATING. This is where a Kitchen Aid will come in very handy….or at least a handheld mixer. The time it takes for the icing to hold stiff peaks depends on a lot, including the temperature of your kitchen and the humidity outside. I made these on a rather humid day {or, um, humid for the Bay Area…nothing like what I used to get in Florida!}, and it took about 20 minutes of beating on high. Don’t give up! Keep.on.beating.

Hope you guys enjoy these cupcakes and have a great weekend! Adam is on his bachelor party and I have some special house guests coming in town! Also on the agenda is a brunch party, a dinner with some of my favorite blogger gals and I’m cooking at a banquet for 300 people. Lord have mercy. If I don’t report back, send in the troops…or at least a really strong margarita.

The recipe for these little gems can be found over at PBS Food. Love you guys!


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  • Miss Kim @ behgopa
    April 5, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Honey cupcakes with marshmallow icing sounds lovely! I was thinking about making cupcakes this weekend. I was contemplating on what flavor to go with. The honey flavor in a cupcake has an interesting “spring-ish” appeal. I bought the cutest cupcake liners at a Japanese store recently and can’t wait to use them. The patterns are darling and made of all the fabulous light spring colors.

    I hope you have a blast with all the HAPPY madness!

    • Miss Kim @ behgopa
      April 7, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      I made this over the weekend. I was making cupcakes anyways (also made banana and blueberry chiffon cupcakes since I had so much of the leftover fruits I wanted to get rid of). And I love trying to cupcake recipes. I have never made or even tasted honey flavored cupcakes before. It is certainly a flavor I can get used to.

      I used gluten-free cake rice flour (trending in Asian bakeries). I think it makes it taste better and gives a more favorable texture….and it’s better for you!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    April 5, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Honey tasting. Now THAT sounds like something that could even trump wine (or champagne) tasting. How fabulous! I would love to do that one day.

    And in the meantime, these cupcakes are adorable and look delish. Love the icing. And sprinkles!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    April 5, 2013 at 3:30 am

    Honey is the best. I loved visiting Savannah Bee Company when I was in town. And the sprinkles help makes these extra special.

  • Diane @ Life of Di
    April 5, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Honey and marshmallow sound like such a great combination. I’m always wanting to find ways to incorporate marshmallow into desserts. I always used to get a little scoop of it on my Dairy Queen sundaes as a child πŸ™‚

  • Anne
    April 5, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Honey is hands down my favorite ingredient! It adds that little something special to anything you put it in!

    Would this work well as a cake?

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    April 5, 2013 at 4:29 am

    Oh wow, sounds like a busy weekend ahead for you Jenna, but a fun one too! I’m sure everyone will be well-fed, and I bet the Steamy Kitchen fam is hoping you’ve still got a couple of these cupcakes in the kitchen! πŸ˜‰ Have an awesome day!

  • Dana
    April 5, 2013 at 4:34 am

    I’m a huge fan of honey, especially when peanut butter is combined with it! Can’t wait to try these! They look almost too adorable to bite into!

    Your weekend sounds so fun, enjoy!!

  • Megan @ megbakes
    April 5, 2013 at 4:43 am

    I love honey from Savannah Bee Company! I used to make honey whole wheat bread with it, but this would be a sweet alternative.

  • Lisa
    April 5, 2013 at 5:03 am

    These look really lovely! If you left out the icing, possibly a good breakfast/brunch treat!

  • Malkire
    April 5, 2013 at 5:33 am

    These look absolutely amazing. My best friend’s birthday is next week so I will have to try these for her. Good luck with the banquet. Seeing how passionate you are about what you do, I am sure it will go off well =)

  • Pam
    April 5, 2013 at 5:47 am

    You can always have the best of both worlds of honey and wine with Mead. It’s wine that is made from honey……honey wine. Its the most delicious tasting wine I have ever had. I get mine from a Meadery in Ohio but I think there are meaderies popping up all over now.

  • Kelsey @aslolife
    April 5, 2013 at 6:01 am

    These are so cute! I love those this Savannah Bee Company gift sets they had for Christmas. I need to remember that for next year!

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    April 5, 2013 at 6:21 am

    These cupcakes sound PERFECT! Happy Friday!

  • Tieghan
    April 5, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Honey tasting! So cool! These cupcakes look so yummy!

  • Pippa@popovertopippas
    April 5, 2013 at 6:48 am

    I was so happy to see the you added cardamom to this recipe. It’s rarely used, but such a great spice. Enjoy your weekend!

  • erin @hooleywithaz
    April 5, 2013 at 6:50 am

    ahh, the next month is going to fly by for you! also, love me a dense cupcake.

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven
    April 5, 2013 at 6:55 am

    These look wonderful! I love honey cupcakes!!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action
    April 5, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Mmm- I love honey! And marshmellows! I never thought about mixing the two- but now I definitely want to.

    Also, if you love honey, have you ever tried honey wine? It’s super sweet, but really delicious. I highly recommend it if you haven’t already tried it out.

  • Carolyn
    April 5, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I have that honey pot! So cute. Have a great – busy busy – weekend!

  • meghan @ struggle muffins
    April 5, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I love the idea of this combo. Marshmallow always makes me think of either smores or lil’ kid PB& Fluff sandwiches. I feel like the honey makes this a more sophisticated, gentrified version of the whimsical child-like goodness we all know and love. I can also get behind anything that’s a one-bowl operation – thanks for the inspiration!

  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog
    April 5, 2013 at 8:07 am

    This is such a fun idea! I recently made cornbread muffins with honey in them and they had a denser consistency. I would imagine similar to these cupcakes. I did a mini-honey tasting at a Farmers’ Market not too long ago and I tried chocolate honey. Have you ever had it? You should try to find some if not!

  • Emily@2:DESIGN:CENTS
    April 5, 2013 at 8:07 am

    So cute!

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    April 5, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I’ve never tried honey cupcakes but they sound great! Is your cooking for 300 people part of your bachelorette party? πŸ™‚

  • Mary Catherine
    April 5, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Did you move to San Francisco, Jenna!?

  • Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes
    April 5, 2013 at 8:38 am

    These are adorable! I am so curious to try out that marshmallow frosting! Sounds like a busy, busy weekend! Have fun! πŸ™‚

  • Caroline L.
    April 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Saw these on your Instagram and was very excited to see the recipes! It’s my birthday month, so cupcakes are always a yes! πŸ™‚

  • Makenzie Ann
    April 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Hahah not gonna lie…I saw these on instagram too and have been checking the blog ever since! Now all I need is an occasion to make them πŸ™‚

  • Emily
    April 5, 2013 at 9:59 am

    What is it about a picture of cupcakes that always makes me smile? πŸ™‚

    And all that talk about beating the frosting got the song “Beat It” stuck in my head. I may sing that to myself when I’m hand-mixing sometimes.

  • Morgan
    April 5, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I hope you don’t find this weird! But I fell asleep last night reading your blog (in a good way! Like when you save articles for that calm reading time right before bed) and I dreamt that you were hoasting a baby shower for one of your friends. You had me help you with the dinner which was an edible diaper…a homemade flour tortilla cut out like a diaper with a bean beef mixture inside. They were surspringinly really tasty and a cute idea. Hope this gives you a good laugh! I surely woke up giggling at myself.

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
    April 5, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I love a good recipe that uses honey. My aunt and uncle own Winterpark honey and they are always giving me tons to use.

  • Sonia the Mexigarian
    April 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I LOVE honey. This is going to the top of my must make now pile. Hopefully this weekend! πŸ™‚

  • dishing up the dirt
    April 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I love honey and these cupcakes are calling my name! Absolutely perfect!

  • Maria Whitman
    April 6, 2013 at 12:21 am

    These look sooooooooooo delicious. I was wondering could you use Manuka honey for this recipe?

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    April 6, 2013 at 10:29 am

    These little cupcakes are not only adorable (I love the sprinkles and the pretty liners!), they sound amazing! A honey cupcake? You’ve got me. Totally gonna need to try that.

  • jan
    April 6, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Those are so pretty and festive! Love the sprinkles.

  • Jenn
    April 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Delicious! Do you remember the name of the honey store in Paris? I’m going in a few weeks and would love to go there!

    • jenna
      April 6, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      I don’t, unfortunately! I wish I did remember!!

    • judith scott
      April 9, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Check out my post re the honey store.

  • Angie
    April 7, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I love honey and these look delicious…will try them for sure!

  • Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs
    April 7, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Yum. Please send a dozen to me stat!

  • Sarah French
    April 8, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Hey Jenna,

    Thanks for sharing this. I gave them a go over the weekend and the kids absolutely demolished them lol.

    Keep up the great work, love your blog!

    Sarah x

  • judith scott
    April 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Jenna, These do look yummy!
    I wonder if your Parisian honey shop is the same one I lived across the street from? In La Butte aux Cailles, 13th Arrondissement? Les Abeilles, 21 Rue de la Butte-aux-Cailles
    If not, you need to check that one out!

  • Moni @ {Moni Meals}
    April 9, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Oh Yes and yes. This I shall have to make and soon!! So lovely all around. Great pics.

  • Kim
    April 9, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Jenna, these look so good. I’m psyched, because I’m sensitive to sugar but h0ney is totally fair game. I may try to sub out the brown sugar with coconut sugar and see how it turns out. Thanks a ton for sharing, and girl – your honeymoon is going to be a blast!