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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
Honey Bee Cake
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- loaf pan 9 x 5″
- 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)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 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.