Yields: 24
Prep Time: 0 hours 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hour 0 mins


2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. each baking powder and baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 c. milk
1 1/2 tbsp. grated lemon zest
4 tbsp. lemon juice
3/4 c. unsalted butter
3/4 c. honey
1/4 c. sugar
3 large eggs
Lemon-Honey Frosting
1 c. unsalted butter
1/4 c. honey
1 1/2 tbsp. grated lemon zest
4 c. confectioners’ sugar
7 tsp. to 8 tsp lemon juice
Few drops yellow food color
Tootsie Roll
2 piece of string
Yellow peanut M&M
Brown food marker
Clear spice drop candies
Small cookie cutter


Heat oven to 350°F. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl to blend. Whisk sour cream, milk, lemon zest and juice in a small bowl until well mixed.
Beat butter, honey and sugar in large bowl with an electric mixer 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until blended.
With mixer on low speed, beat in half the flour mixture, then the sour cream mixture. Beat in remaining flour mixture until just combined.
Spoon about 1/4 cup batter into each muffin cup. Bake 18 to 20 minutes until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove cupcakes from pan to wire rack to cool completely.
Beat butter, honey and lemon zest in large bowl with an electric mixer until creamed, about 2 minutes. On low speed, beat in confectioners’ sugar until blended. Beat in lemon juice and a few drops food color until mixture is fluffy and pale yellow.
Spoon into a large ziptop freezer bag, snip off one corner and pipe onto cupcakes, or just spread frosting onto cupcakes.
Tear off a piece of a Tootsie Roll and roll between the palms of your hands to make a thin string. Wrap two pieces of string around a yellow Peanut M&M for body of bee. Using a brown food marker, draw two dots for eyes. To make wings, roll out clear spice drop candies and cut out a 1⁄2-in. circle using a small cookie cutter. Cut circle in half; attach each half by pressing into the front band of Tootsie Roll on the body of the bee.