How to Make Beautiful Bee Cupcakes with Honey Cinnamon Frosting

Imagine your favourite vanilla cupcake infused with cinnamon and topped with a decadent, creamy frosting laced with honey.

If that made your mouth water like it did mine, you must try these adorable Bumblebee Cupcakes with Honey Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting.

Summer Bee Cupcakes

If you’re looking for the perfect spring or summer cupcake, these adorable Bumblebee Cupcakes are it. 

With a light, uplifting flavour and bright yellow colour, they just say warm weather and fun.

I think they’d also work well for a fun bee-themed birthday party, baby shower or any other sunny weather gathering you have planned.

This recipe is in two parts. First, you make the cupcakes using our easy recipe, then add the Honey Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting.

The two pair together perfectly, but once you discover how delicious and easy they both are, I know you’ll want to mix them up with other things too - especially that honey cinnamon cream cheese frosting!

If you're not sure baout some fo the terms used or just want to brush up your skills, check out our step by step guide to baking.

Honey Cinnamon Bumblebee Cupcakes

These bumblebee cupcakes are made from scratch, but they really are so easy to make!

Made with cream cheese and buttermilk, they are light, fluffy and moist - exactly what a perfect cupcake should be!

Furthermore, the recipe calls for vanilla bean paste - not vanilla extract - so you get a true vanilla flavor, complimented by the addition of cinnamon and sweetened by honey.

Since the flavour of the honey cinnamon cupcakes is so light and not overly sweet, a decadent cream cheese frosting is the perfect addition.

Try these other cupcake frosting ideas:

Honey Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

When making cupcakes from scratch, I think homemade frosting is a must.

Packaged frosting always seems a little too sweet, too flat when what I really want is a creamy but fluffy topping for my cupcake. Yum!

With a cream cheese base, this Honey Cinnamon Frosting is the perfect pair to the cinnamony cupcakes.

It’s rich and decadent where the cupcakes are light and fluffy but those who are not a fan of overly rich icings are still in luck.

Even though it’s creamy, this frosting is not overly sweet, which is one of the reasons we love it too.

While this honey cinnamon frosting is intended for these cupcakes, after you make it I bet you’ll want to start using it in other recipes too!

Maybe on some chocolate cupcakes or even brownies...!

These Bumblee Cupcakes truly come together when this cream cheese frosting is dyed yellow and piped into a beehive on the top of the cupcake.

Adorn with a few adorable bees and your summer dessert is ready to go!

Perfect for afternoon tea in the garden.

How To Store Honey Cinnamon Bumblee Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Since the cream cheese frosting will melt in warmer temperatures, these cupcakes really need to be stored in the fridge.

They can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, but they might not sit around that long...

Bumblebee Cupcakes with Honey Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting


This ingredients list and method are both in two parts, for the cupcakes first then the frostung.

So, if you choose to use the cupcakes for another frosting idea, the ingredients and recipe are right here.

Cupcake Ingredients

½ cup butter, softened
¾ cup white granulated sugar
4 oz cream cheese, softened 
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
¼ cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp honey
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Frosting Ingredients

1 stick salted butter, softened 
6 oz cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon honey
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon half and half or whole milk


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or line a standard muffin tin with 12 cupcake cases.

2. Use a hand or stand mixer to cream the butter and sugar together for 1-2 minutes, or until light and fluffy.

3. Mix in the cream cheese, vanilla, buttermilk and eggs on low until well incorporated.

4. Add the honey and mix on medium for 1 minute.

5. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon into another bowl.

6. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

7. Spoon the batter into the 12 cupcake cases in the muffin tin until each is about 2/3 full.

8. Bake for 17-20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.

9. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Directions for Frosting

1. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and cream cheese, beating until light and fluffy.

2. Add in the vanilla extract and the honey.

3. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, while adding a bit of milk in between each cup.  

4. Continue to mix for 1 minute or until creamy then mix in the cinnamon until well incorporated.

5. Add in one drop of food colouring at a time until you get the desired colour.

6. Prepare a piping bag and fill the bag with frosting.

7. Pipe a small tower of icing in the middle of the cupcake.

8. Swirl around the cupcake to frost the beehive around the tower.

9. Decorate with your cute bumblebees and enjoy!

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