How to Make Icing Roses/Hydrangeas on Honey Cupcakes

by Annie Ai

Learn to bake honey cupcakes! Bonus: learn to pipe two ways: roses and hydrangea cupcakes using vanilla buttercream.


  • 1.50 Cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ Tablespoons baking powder
  • ¼ Teaspoons salt
  • ½ Cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ Cups honey
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ Cups milk
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    In a large bowl, add 1.5 cups of flour.

    Step 2

    Add 1/2 a tablespoon of baking powder to the flour.

    Step 3

    Add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the flour mixture.

    Step 4

    Whisk your flour mixture together.

    Step 5

    In a separate bowl, add your 1/2 cup of unsalted butter.

    Step 6

    Add 1 cup sugar to the butter.

    Step 7

    Cream together butter and sugar with a beater.

    Step 8

    Add eggs one at a time to the butter/sugar mixture.

    Step 9

    Beat between addition of eggs.

    Step 10

    Add 1/4 cup liquid honey to your butter/sugar mixture.

    Step 11

    Next add 1 tbsp of vanilla extract to butter/sugar mixture.

    Step 12

    Beat the wet ingredients together.

    Step 13

    Step 14

    Scrape down sides of your bowl with a spatula and beat just one more time to ensure that everything is well mixed.

    Step 15

    Line your cupcake tray with paper liners.

    Step 16

    Pour your cupcake batter into the cupcake cups about 3/4 full.

    Step 17

    Bake for ~20 minutes or until cake tester (toothpick) comes out clean when you put int center.

    Step 18

    Allow to cool completely before icing!

    Step 19

    Optional step: We are going to create a hole in the cupcake for "filling". Turn a piping tip upside down & push thru center of cupcake to create hole. Or use opposite side of utensil to crave out hole

    Step 20

    To make your own icing, you can visit my "Vanilla Buttercream" tutorial here: or use premade icing to pipe your cupcakes.

    Step 21

    Next, scoop or pipe in icing into the hole. That has created a filling! You can use icing as filling, chocolate ganache, mousse filing, lemon curd, etc.

    Step 22

    To create a "rose" on top of the cupcake, use "1M Wilton Tip", while squeezing the piping bag create one swirl starting from the center, in a circular motion moving outwards.

    Step 23

    You can also make "Hydrangea Cupcakes" by "2D Wilton Tip" by squeezing a generous amount of icing on the edge of the cupcake, go circular and make your way in. Keep flowerettes close to each other.

    Step 24

    And voila you are done!

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