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Enjoy the delicious flavor of honey with this Honey Bee Cake Recipe. Using simple ingredients that you may already have in the pantry, this loaf pan cake is easy to make. Nothing too fancy required but the rich flavor will have folks thinking you worked in the kitchen all day.

How to Make a Honey Bee Cake

Homemade honey bee cake with fondant bees on top image.

Home baked items are just special – no matter what type of recipe you use. You just can not get that home goods flavor out of a box.

But, we don’t always have a lot of time to spend creating special dishes. And perhaps, baking is not really “your” thing? No worries, this cake recipe is almost fool proof.

Being a beekeeper, I always have jars of honey sitting around. I enjoy experimenting with using honey in recipes of different kinds.

Honestly, I don’t always prefer honey over sugar in a recipe. Sometimes, I have to try both and decide which works best to achieve the texture and flavor that I want.

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Ingredients

Baking a honey bee cake begins with a gathering of all the needed ingredients. Of course you need flour with baking soda and a little salt.

You also need a small amount of granulated sugar and some Vanilla flavoring and powdered sugar (only used for icing). These are very common baking basics.

Bring the eggs, milk and butter to room temperature before beginning to mix up your cake. Otherwise, it is difficult to get the honey properly mixed in the batter.

Honey:

What type of honey should you use to make your Honey Bee Cake? Well, it depends on your preferences. A flavored variety such as Sourwood Honey or Orange Blossom may give a unique flavor.

But, since you are only using a small amount, I would not overthink my honey selection. Raw is always a personal preference and in this recipe the regular wildflower variety works just fine.

Making Bee Decorations

This cake is dense and delicious straight out of the oven. You do not have to add the honey sugar glaze. But, it is a nice touch and adds a special sweetness.

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If you really want to get your bee theme rocking, consider making some bees to use for decoration. There are several options to consider:

  • fondant bees
  • jelly beans
Honey cake decorations fondant and jelly bean bees image.

Fondant: If you can find a small pack of Yellow Fondant, this is the easiest way to create some adorable bees for your honey cake.

Just cut off a few small chunks and use your fingers to shape them into a bee shape. I like to make the bee body a bit pointed at the end.

Then, you can really jazz things up by using black Decorating Gel Icing to add some stripes and a couple of eyes.

If you are really into it now and want to go farther – how about a couple of slice almonds for wings?

Honey bee decoration made with fondant and sliced almonds for wings image.

Handy tip – when inserting the almond slices into the fondant bee, it was must easier to use a knife point and cut a little slit first. Then, the soft fondant does not become out of shape as you push the almond slice into it.

Perhaps your hands are much steadier than mine but I have difficulty inserting the wings without disturbing the black icing. Yet, if you put the wings in first – it is harder to get nice stripes.

Let your bees rest on pieces of wax or parchment paper until you are ready to place them on top of the cake. You can also use marzipan to shape some bees for the cake if you already have it on hand. Have fun.

If you are doing this project for your own enjoyment – don’t stress out if it doesn’t look perfect. It will still taste great! Do what works best for you.

Jelly Bean Bees: Another option to use instead of fondant is to simply use yellow jelly beans. Because they are smaller, I only added a couple of stripes to give the impression of a bee theme.

Your honey bee cake is sure to delight all of the bee lovers in your life. If you want, perhaps a bit of Homemade Blueberry Syrup would make a nice touch as a topping. Kids love making and eating these honey gummy bears. They are so easy to make.

For the bee lovers in your life, don’t forget these crispy honey cookies cut out in bee shapes. They are delicious.

More ideas for the bee theme are honey bee cakes pops ( a great portable treat) and for your next party – Honey Cupcakes decorated with candys bees!

Once your baking is finished – consider making some Honey Shrimp Stir Fry for the main course and invite some friends over for a taste test.

Don’t let that jar of honey in your pantry go to waste – use it! These are only a couple of ways to use honey in the kitchen.

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Honey Bee Cake

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
This honey cake recipe should definately be near the top of your list of desserts. Sometimes cake can end up dry and tasteless. This recipe uses Wildflower honey to add flavor and moistness to your cake batter.
A wonderful choice for your after dinner desert-enjoy it plain or with the icing glaze. The fondant bees add a cute theme to your honey cake. Perfect for a bee loving party.
4.72 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Cool & Frost 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 servings
Calories 510 kcal

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Equipment

  • loaf pan 9 x 5″

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons butter (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring
  • 2 eggs (room temp)
  • 3/4 cup milk (room temperature)

Honey Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 9 inch x 5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray or use a nonstick pan. (if using non-stick cake pans lower temp to 325° F)
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt into a small bowl.  Stir to combine.
  • Use the paddle attachment on a stand mixer or hand-held to combine the soft butter, sugar and honey at a slow speed. 
    Add vanilla and mix again.  Increase mixer speed and beat until the mixture is fluffy.  (takes several minutes)
    Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to incorporate any stray ingredients.  Add and blend eggs one at a time.
  • Mix at low speed (stir)  as you add the flour mixture in three stages.  Alternate adding the flour mixture with the milk – begin and end with flour.  (add flour, add ½ milk, add flour, add remainder of milk, add flour).  Only mix enough to combine the ingredients.
  • Spread the cake batter into your prepared pan.  Add slowly and use spatula to spread it evenly. 
    Place in center of oven and bake for 40-55 minutes – until cake is firm on top and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean.
  • Let cake cool in the pan on a wire rack – then remove from pan. When cool – enjoy as is or glaze with the honey glaze.

Making Honey Glaze

  • Mix together powdered sugar, honey and milk in a small bowl. Mix until well blended and thick. Drizzle over cake.

Notes

*Be sure to use room temperature butter or it will be difficult to mix the honey into the butter and sugar.
*Baking at a lower 325°F in my non-stick pan – I had to add 10 minutes to my baking time – it took about an hour.
*If you choose to use a dark non-stick pan, there is no need to use any cooking spray. In fact, the best thing to do for this pan is a quick wipe down with a little oil prior to baking.
*If you choose to make the icing, be sure to either sift or press the powdered sugar through a sieve to remove lumps.

Nutrition

Calories: 510kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 11gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 243mgSodium: 527mgPotassium: 152mgFiber: 1gSugar: 45gVitamin A: 794IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 3mg
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