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RECIPE: Try The White House Recipe For Honey Cupcakes

Dress up a plain white cupcake for
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Given the focus on fitness at the White House, does the First Family participate in the national cupcake craze?

A White House Garden Cookbook—which includes a collection of recipes and gardening tips from First Families—features a recipe for honey cupcakes enjoyed by the Obamas.

With less sugar and fat—better-for-you honey is substituted for most of the sugar—this recipe, when baked at the White House, uses honey gathered from the Executive Bee Hive at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But if you’re not connected to Charlie Brandt (the White House beekeeper) or Michelle Obama, the honey in your cupboard works just fine.

You can make these cupcakes for Halloween, decorating with candy corn, orange sprinkles or other seasonal decorations.



Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, left out on the counter for approximately 1 hour to soften
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional decorations

    Icing Ingredients

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

    Cupcake Preparation

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

    2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer on high speed, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. On medium speed, mix in the honey, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla until blended.

    3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. On medium speed, mix into the batter until just blended. Scoop the batter evenly into the lined muffin cups.

    4. Bake about 20 minutes. Cupcakes are done when the tops spring back lightly to the touch or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

    Icing Preparation

    1. Place the icing ingredients in a small saucepan. Over medium heat, whisk the ingredients until the sugar and honey dissolve together. Keep whisking to avoid clumps.

    2. Using a spoon, drizzle icing over the tops of the cupcakes, or carefully pour over the cupcakes. Decorate as desired.


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