Cornbread Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting

Cornbread Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting | Garnish and Glaze

Oh my, these honey cornbread cupcakes are addicting!  Often cornbread is dry and crumbly, but these cupcakes are super moist and fluffy.  And yes, it’s a cupcake NOT a muffin.  There’s a difference and you’ll be able to tell with your first bite.Cornbread Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting | Garnish and GlazeI was really tempted to make these again just to get a picture of one with a bite taken out to show you guys the beautiful crumb but I had to tell myself “No!”.  First, because I need to chill out and just take what I’ve got and second, I really need to work on eating less dessert. :/  My friend who’s an RD suggested on her blog to have dessert once a week and I’m still just trying to work on getting it down to once a day!
Cornbread Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting | Garnish and GlazeThe cornbread cupcake without the frosting is D-licious and I would be completely satisfied with stopping there (we totally snagged a few while still warm… mmmm!) but why not add more butter and sugar?!  
Cornbread Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting | Garnish and Glaze

Okay, so let me tell you about the frosting.  I think it’s pretty common for people to eat butter and honey on their cornbread, am I right?!  Anyway, I wanted that taste but in a pretty form.  I didn’t want it to be sugar overload so I used the same method for the frosting as I did in my Better Than Anything Cupcakes to bring you silkly smooth and perfectly sweetened Honey Buttercream Frosting.   Cornbread Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting | Garnish and GlazeThe only corn in these cupcakes is the cornmeal but I guess you could throw in some kernels or sprinkle some on top.   Oh and you can drizzle honey on top too but when I tried it the honey pulled together into droplets rather than have that drizzled look like chocolate or caramel.

Can’t wait for you to try these!  They would be perfect for a harvest or farm themed party… or just if you want something yummy. :) Enjoy!

5.0 from 4 reviews
Cornbread Cupcakes
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This recipe can easily be halved to make just 15 cupcakes.
Serves: 30
  • 2⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Honey Buttercream Frosting (recipe below)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside
  3. In a large mixing bowl, use and electric mixer (hand or standing) to beat butter, honey, and sugar together until light and fluffy (2 minutes). Beat in the eggs one at a time. Add all the liquid ingredients along with half of the dry and mix until almost fully combined. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  4. Fill tins ⅔ full (30 regular size cupcakes) and bake for 15-18 minutes until toothpick come out clean (start making the frosting while cupcakes are cooking). Cool for 5 minutes in tins and then remove onto a wire rack to cool completely. Pipe on frosting when cooled (or just eat them as is because they are D-licious!).

5.0 from 4 reviews
Honey Buttercream Frosting
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This recipe makes enough to frost 30 cupcakes with plenty of frosting. If you want to spread the frosting on with a knife you'll only need half a recipe.
Serves: 30
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ cup cream
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  1. In a small sauce pan, whisk together milk, cream, and flour over medium-high heat. Once it gets thick (3-5 minutes) remove from heat, pour into a shallow bowl and place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes but give it a stir after 10 minutes (you can also cover and place in the fridge for a few hours or overnight). Remove from the freezer once the mixture is room temperature or cool.*
  2. While the cooked mixture is in the freezer, using an electric mixer, beat butter for 2 minutes on medium speed. Add the honey and powdered sugar and starting out on low (so you don't get a white cloud in your face) mix until light and fluffy. Add the cooled cooked mixture in a little at a time while mixing and beat until fully combined. If needed, add a little milk (1 tablespoon at a time) to thin or powdered sugar to thicken.
  3. Spread on with a knife or place in a pastry bag with a star tip and pipe on.
*If you don't want to make the thickener you can just make the frosting leaving the milk, cream, and flour out and increase the powdered sugar to 4-5 cups with a little milk or cream to thin it.

Cornbread Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting | Garnish and GlazeCornbread Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting | Garnish and Glaze

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  1. says

    Draga Melani, koji objektiv si ovde koristila, fotografije su prelepe!
    Dear Melanie, which lens you used here, the photos are beautiful!

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