Bee Honey Lemon Cake

by | Cakes

This Bee Honey Lemon Cake is the perfect pairing of honey and lemon, baked in an adorable beehive cake pan, to welcome spring. 

We Want Real Bee Honey
We Want Real Bee Honey


Having grown up around Middle Eastern food, nearly all things sweet, were sweetened with honey.

Did you know that honey produces hydrogen peroxide naturally? It occurs, in the honey, by an enzyme called glucose oxides, which is added to the plant nectar by bees.

It’s why, back in the day, doctors always carried a jar of honey in their home visiting bag.

What’s that got to do with cakes? Nothing really, except that I most prefer to cook with ingredients that have interesting properties, like yogurt, which offers healing elements to our intestines, than over processed ingredients, like sugar. 

Honey Flavors

Honey has a very unique flavor of its own, each type depending on what flowers the bees were extracting from.

The plants a bee is attracted to, is what determines what the honey will ultimately taste like. 

Once I bought a honey that had a horrid tasting honey, looked on the jar to see what flower it was gathering nectar from. It was eucalyptus!

Might have been great for a sore throat or cough but not desirable for dessert. Always read the label to see where the bee was hanging out.

Bees And Honey Cakes

The moment frost subsides and new life starts popping up from the ground, after a long winter’s sleep, we start thinking about bees.

I have come to enjoy feeding birds, in my yard, just so I can watch their comings and goings, but it’s the bees I find fascinating to watch when flowers begin to bloom. 

The bee, hovering in my cover photo of this honey cake, was a shot I felt lucky to capture while living in Brazil.

Flowers blooming nearly all year, the bees have so many plant choices,producing varied flavors, but I found it odd that few desserts were made with honey.

Oh sure, honey is used in some cooking in Brazil but because they are known for their sugar cane, most desserts are made from sugar and not honey.

So, when I saw this little bee hoving about my balcony, it inspired me to make my first honey cakes.

How To Make Honey Lemon Cakes

Why Lemon In Honey Cakes?

I have always found that lemon is a flavor that marries well with sweets. It seems to enhance the flavors in the recipes it gets added to.

This honey cake recipe allows the flavor of the honey to stand out and I attribute that to the lemon.

Lemon rinds are loaded with oil, naturally. The lemon oil adds just the right amount of balance to make this cake extra moist.

I’ve also found that orange rinds would do the same, except the flavor of the orange is more dominant and would detract from the flavor of the honey. So… lemon it is!

Lemon Juice And Zest
Lemon Juice And Zest

How This Recipe Came To Bee

When it comes to whimsical kitchen gadgets, I am always eager to try something new; it is where I spend much of my playtime.

That said, I came across this adorable beehive mini cake pan and thought ‘there’s no way all those intricate details won’t cause the cake to stick to them’.

As it turned out, my curiosity got the best of me and I had to create a honey cake, with lemons (the color of the pan), to see if it worked. It did and I just love it!

It’s funny how the oddest things will inspire a recipe in my brain.

Honey Cakes, Winnie The Pooh And Christopher Robin

Having gone to see the Christopher Robin film with my (30 year old), daughter, reminded me just how much I adored Winnie the Pooh, both while growing up and when my children were growing up.

The numerous scenes in the film of honey oozing and dripping from here and there, tantalized my appetite to go home and make these honey cakes… yet again. My little dedication to Pooh Bear!

Bee Honey Lemon Cake
Christopher Robin Film

Ingredients Needed

  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Lemon juice and zest

Equipment Needed

  • Beehive Muffin tins
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup
  • Citrus press
  • Oven

Bee Honey Lemon Cake

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: CakesCuisine: American



Honey and Lemon cakes made in a beehive tin.


  • Flour – 2 3/4 cups

  • Baking powder – 1 1/2 teaspoon

  • Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Butter – 1 cup, softened

  • Sugar – 1/2 cup

  • Honey – 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoon for glaze

  • Eggs – 4

  • Milk – 3/4 cup

  • Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon, plus 2 more for glaze

  • Lemon zest – 1 tablespoon


  • Preheat oven to 325. Grease and flour baking tins.
  • Whisk butter, sugar and 1/2 cup of honey together until blended. Add one egg at a time and whisk until light and creamy. Add the 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and zest. Whisk.
  • Sift the dry ingredients and blend. Slowly add milk and whisk.
  • Place in prepared baking pans and bake for about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool.
  • Glaze
  • Whisk the remaining lemon juice and honey until well blended.
  • Remove cakes from their pan and drizzle glaze over the cakes. Add a little lemon zest across the tops, if you would like a touch more color and zing!
Bee Honey Lemon Cakes
Bee Honey Lemon Cakes

My Muffin Madness


In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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Snappy Gourmet
3 years ago

Those are the cutest little cakes! Need to check out that pan.

3 years ago

OH my goodness these are SO cute! I think I need to make this! It looks delicious!

Megan @ MegUnprocessed

I love that pan! I’ve never seen one like that before.

Ally Billhorn
3 years ago

Oh my….super adorable!

Toni | Boulder Locavore

These are so cute! I love it!

1 year ago

How stinkin’ cute are these, Miss Pea! Love!

1 year ago
Reply to  ally

Love kitchen toys and these have been so much fun to use!!

1 year ago

I’m absolutely in love with these cakelettes, Robin!! They’re SO pretty, and I love your presentation (as always!) 🙂


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