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Honey Lemon’s Honeybee Cupcakes

Honey Lemon’s Honeybee Cupcakes

Honey Lemon’s Honeybee Cupcakes are inspired by Big Hero 6 and a cupcake that used to be offered at the Hungry Bear Restaurant at Disneyland. I love honey and lemon together. This cupcake is light and refreshing. It uses a light whipped frosting with a yummy lemon curd in the center of the cake. Yum!

Big Hero 6 is a fun animated movie by Disney. Over the course of the movie the characters deal with loss and anger, including thoughts of revenge, but eventually realize that isn’t the right path. Ultimately an unlikely group of “nerds” become heroes. It’s a really fun movie and if you haven’t seen it I would encourage you to plan a movie night. You can enjoy these cupcakes while watching the movie.

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Hungry Bear Recipes

You may enjoy some other recipes from Disneyland’s Hungry Bear Restaurant. You can enjoy Hungry Bear Bison Blue Cheeseburger or Hungry Bear Crispy Chicken Sandwich for your main dish. Or maybe you prefer something a little lighter and you can enjoy the Hungry Bear Picnic Salad. The Hungry Bear Frozen Lemonade is a fantastic and cool drink to round out your meal.

Cupcakes for Cupcake Lover’s Day

Valentina from The Baking Fairy is hosting Cupcake Lover’s Day event. She asked for bloggers to join her to celebrate by posting new cupcake recipes. This sounded like a lot of fun. And who doesn’t love cupcakes. They are individually sized and easy to serve at parties. Please check out the cupcake recipes here for a wide variety of options you can try!

Honey Lemon’s Honeybee Cupcakes Recipe

These cupcakes are relatively easy to make with the help of using a boxed lemon cake mix. I always have lemon curd on hand. I make a big batch when lemons are in season and keep it in the freezer until I need it. The frosting is super easy to make and just needs a little time to chill. The honeybee’s are fun and a cute addition to the cupcake.

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Honey Lemon’s Honeybee Cupcakes

Honey Lemon’s Honeybee Cupcakes

Honey Lemon's Honeybeen Cupcakes are Inspired by Disney's “Big Hero 6" movie and Disneyland's Hungry Bear Restaurant. A perfect treat for movie night.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 48 minutes

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • Ingredients to make lemon cake mix per box

Lemon Curd

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. grated lemon rind
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅔ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. butter

Honey Lemon Frosting

  • ¾ cup lemon curd
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Chocolate Bumblebees

  • 48 Hershey’s kisses
  • chocolate melting wafers
  • yellow melting wafers
  • Slivered almonds

Instructions

Cake

Prepare cupcakes according to box instructions. Cool completely

Lemon Curd

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a wire whisk. Cook until sugar dissolves and mixture is light in color (about 3 minutes).
  2. Stir in lemon juice and butter; cook 4 minutes or until mixture thinly coats the back of a spoon, stirring constantly with whisk. Cool. Cover and chill (mixture will thicken as it cools). Yield 1⅓ cups. Lemon curd can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. You can also freeze and when you thaw, use within 1 week.

Honey Lemon Frosting

  1. Stir honey into the lemon curd.
  2. Beat heavy cream on high with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in honey lemon curd. Refrigerate 2 hours.

Chocolate Bumblebees

  1. Melt chocolate in a piping bag. Using the melted chocolate, stick two kisses together. Let cool completely.
  2. Pipe a little chocolate onto the side of the bee body and hold slivered almonds in place to make the wings.
  3. Melt yellow melting wafers in a piping bag or bottle. Pipe yellow stripes onto the body and add eyes and a smile to it’s head.
  4. Allow bees to set completely.

Chocolate Baymax Eyes (alternate)

  1. Place two kisses point side down into the frosting.
  2. Pipe melted chocolate between the two kisses to form Baymax's eyes.

To Assemble

  1. Scoop out a small portion of cake from the center of the cupcakes. Fill each hole with about 2 tsp. lemon curd.
  2. Place honey lemon frosting in a piping bag or plastic bag. Cut a medium sized hole and pipe frosting onto each cupcake.
  3. Place one bee on top of each cupcake or decorate with Baymax eye's.

Notes

Adapted from recipe from Disney. I used my lemon curd recipe instead of the one they provided.

Yum

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