For Ella’s second birthday, we treated a few friends to admission at a local adventure honey farm and a low-key picnic.
Naturally, I couldn’t resist the desire to bring along some themed cupcakes, so with the help of some cute sugar bee decorations I whipped up these cute Beehive Cupcakes – perfect for a bee-themed birthday party!
Bee Cupcake Decorations
You can use a boxed cake mix or my easy chocolate cake recipe (below) – but whatever you do, take the time to make from-scratch buttercream frosting. Once you taste the difference of a homemade buttercream frosting to a canned frosting, you’ll never question the extra five minutes of effort it takes to whip up a fresh batch.
The touch of honey I added to the frosting is completely optional (you could use a flavour extract instead – vanilla, coconut, almond, etc) but I couldn’t serve beehive cupcakes without a nodd to the bee’s creation. I would have preferred to make a honey cake, but Ella requested chocolate cupcakes for her birthday. (I’ll share my Honey Lavender cupcake recipe soon!)
For the frosting, you want a large round frosting tip (like a Wilton #1A) and you’ll start icing the cupcakes in the center of the cupcake, swirling outward to the edges of the cupcake, before adding your center “upward” swirls to form the hive of your beehive cupcakes. To make the cute pointed edge, flick your wrist slightly at the end.
I used a bit of black royal icing to make cute “beehive doors” (they remind me of the beehives in those sweet Winnie the Pooh books) but you could alternatively use a Mini Oreo cookie or a bit of extra buttercream frosting dyed black.