White House Honey Cupcake Recipe

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As we enter June and summer is almost here, we want to share with you the White House Honey Cupcake Recipe taken from from Clara Silverstein’s cookbook, “A White House Garden Cookbook: Healthy Ideas from the First Family for Your Family.” (Red Rock Press)

The Obamas are the first White House residents to ask that a bee hive be installed on the grounds so they might enjoy its honey.  In its first season, the White House hive produced 134 pounds of honey, about 11 gallons. Honey has been known represent health and plenty, so enjoy some honey cupcakes from the White House kitchen.

White House Honey Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes


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


2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup honey

3 tablespoons lemon juice

For the cupcakes:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 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.

For the icing:

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 over the tops of the cupcakes, or carefully pour over the cupcakes.

–– Obama Foodorama Blog

Clara Silverstein’s “A White House Garden Cookbook: Healthy Ideas from the First Family for Your Family” is packed with a whole section on deliciously light and healthy springtime recipes, making the most of seasonally available fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Best of all, the recipes all have kids in mind, and are intended to get kids to try and love new fruits and vegetables.

The recipes come from First Families as well as from kids’ and community gardens around the country. The spring chapter contains 30 fantastic springtime recipes, including Spring Stir-Fry, Cilantro Pesto, Michelle Obama’s famous White House No-Cream Creamed Spinach, and many more.

Visit www.redrockpress.com/delicious for more information about “A White House Garden Cookbook: Healthy Ideas from the First Family for Your Family” by author Clara Silverstein.

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