Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Tuesday, 25th January 2011

I know it’s still winter, but why not welcome spring a little early with Beehive Cupcakes.  These sun coloured Honey-Kissed Yellow Cupcakes with Meringue Icing scream spring.

A photo of Beehive Cupcakes displayed in a row on a white rectangular dish.

I picked up a copy of the Donna Hay Magazine the other day and the latest edition was all about Spring with it’s brilliant yellow cover, featuring Golden Delights and highlighting an ingredient that embodies the season – Honey.

A photo of Yellow Cupcakes with Meringue Icing displayed on a glass cake stand with yellow paper cupcake liners.

Ever since the first snowfall of the winter season I’ve secretly longed for spring.  It’s one of my favourite seasons of the year.

A photo of 2 Beehive Cupcakes (Yellow Cupcakes with Meringue Icing) sprinkled with yellow sanding sugar displayed on a mini cake stand.

For me, it marks the beginning of a new year.  After all, it is a celebration of rebirth. We start planting flowers and they start blossoming.  Our days are longer and they’re filled with sunshine.  We go from dull and grey to bright and colourful.  The birds are chirping and the bees are buzzing.

A photo taken looking down on a tray of Beehive Cupcakes.

I am looking forward to getting back outdoors and fussing in the garden.  I can’t wait to hear even the most familiar sounds of spring; lawn mowers on the weekends; bells jingling from the ice cream carts and the sound of the pound from the kids dribbling the basketball.

A photo of 3 Beehive Cupcakes placed in a row on a white, rectangular dish.

But most of all, now that my kids are older, I can’t wait to hear the laughter coming from young children playing in their yards; it’s music to my ears.

A photo of 3 Honey-Kissed Yellow Cupcakes with Meringue Icing displayed on a glass cake stand.

You can tuck this recipe away and try it closer to spring but why not bring a little sunshine in and create a little buzz with these Beehive Cupcakes? The Honey-Kissed Yellow Cupcakes are light and moist and decadently topped with thick, fluffy and marshmallowy Meringue Icing.

A close up photo of a Honey-Kissed Yellow Cupcake with Meringue Icing.

A photo of Beehive Cupcakes-Honey-Kissed Yellow Cupcakes with Meringue Icing on a wooden board.

A photo of a Beehive Cupcake on a mini cupcake stand.

A photo taken looking down on two Yellow Cupcakes with Meringue Icing sprinkled with yellow sanding sugar placed on dessert dishes.

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67 Responses to “Beehive Cupcakes-Honey-Kissed Yellow Cupcakes with Meringue Icing”

  1. Treat and Trick Says:

    Looks wonderful and delicious! Am drooling at your amazing photos…

  2. Ang Says:

    Can’t you just wait until spring/summer. Boy do these gorgeous cupcakes remind me that it’s just around the corner.

  3. Joy Says:

    That is beautiful.

  4. Belinda @zomppa Says:

    Oh, happy happy!! These totally brightened my day (would be even brighter if I could have some!!)

  5. lil @ sweetsbysillianah Says:

    these cupcakes look delightful! i love the brightness of the yellow… makes me look forward to spring. =)

  6. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen Says:

    Your cupcakes look so pretty! I’m wishing desperately for spring around here, so much snow!

  7. Grace Says:

    Thanks! Vicki there’s a ton of snow here too and bitter cold but I felt bad complaining about it the other day when I was speaking with my mother in law. She is from Northern Ontario and they’ve had temperatures of below 40, can you imagine?

  8. Grace Says:

    I wish for an early spring every day!

  9. Grace Says:

    Thank you – I was hoping to brighten everyone’s day just a little.

  10. Celia Says:

    So cute! I too long for spring (It just snowed again here. Sigh)

  11. Adora's Box Says:

    How beautiful your cupcakes look ! I’m sure they taste great, too. This just cheered me up. Thanks for reminding me that spring is about to come although it doesn’t seem like it.

  12. fooddreamer Says:

    I don’t feel the least bit spring-like yet, but I just might if I had one of those gorgeous cupcakes!

  13. Felice Says:

    These are so cute. I love Donna Hays’ magazine.

  14. Marly Says:

    These cupcakes looks so bright and cheerful. A perfect winter pick-me-up!

  15. Christina Says:

    Gorgeous! It’s been so cold around here that it’s nice to see something so sunshiney!

  16. Mateja Says:

    Your photos are so amazing; they almost made me forget to check out the recipe! And you just proved the oldest rule: Eyes eat first! And I totally fell in love with your meringue icing! Thank you for sharing :)

  17. Cakewalker Says:

    Thank you for making my day a little sunnier! Light and bright with the warm flavor of honey. Delish!

  18. Hester aka The Chefdoc Says:

    Oh Grace! These are absolutely breath-taking pictures. How’d you do all those different backgrounds and such? It looks so pro and pretty :-) All that aside, these cupcakes look downright scrumptious!

  19. GourmetGetaways Says:

    Your photos are all just amazing!!!!


    Perfect! Well done the cupcakes look so delicious, the yellow is so happy. :)

  20. Grace Says:

    Thankfully I have a sister that can sew. I picked up some different fabrics and she created sweeps for my light box. The yellow and white striped background, don’t laugh, is actually a scarf I picked up a while back (not to wear) that I thought may work at some point with something I baked.

  21. Grace Says:

    Thank you – The meringue icing is so delicious and it’s the first time I’ve made it this way.

  22. Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox Says:

    Oh those look so warm and sunny! Gorgeous photos! Love that you used a scarf as background. Hey, whatever works!

  23. Grace Says:

    Exactly what I was thinking when I picked it up, figured it might come in handy somewhere along the line. It was a great buy only a few dollars.

  24. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much!

  25. Lizzy Says:

    Gracie, you’ve done it again. Incredible photos…and delicious cupcakes!

  26. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much Lizzy!

  27. Anna Johnston Says:

    These look so summery & fun I’m going to have to make them.., (we’re in the thick of summer down under!!)

  28. Chef Dennis Says:

    Hi Grace
    wow….now talk about just blowing me away with all those gorgeous images!! so many different backgrounds, you are becoming quite the stylist in addition to your culinary skills! I just love that cupcake too, I bet it just melted in your mouth!
    This is definitely #1 on the top 9!

  29. Jeanette Says:

    Such happy happy cupcakes, just what I needed today!

  30. Joy Says:

    As soon as I saw these I had a little pang of longing for spring. It’s my favourite season too, the blooming of my mom’s lavender hedge (hrm, it’s out of control beauty!) and the smell of the blossoms on the trees. Such a gorgeous recipe. I would not be trusted around that meringue icing, it’s highly likely I’d stick my finger in the centre of one … or two.

  31. Sara Says:

    Oh these cupcakes look amazing and they sure do call for spring! I love honey in dessert and yeast goods so I know I’m going to love this recipe

  32. The Cilantropist Says:

    Ok, so these cupcakes are perfect, and definitely not just for spring! I would definitely eat one of these any day, and I am sure one big bite would bring a smile to my face. :)

  33. foodies at home Says:

    I can’t wait till spring to eat these! Love love love your photos! Totally brightened up my evening!

  34. Shelby Says:

    These are beautiful and I too cannot wait to hear the voice of a grandchild!

  35. FOODESSA Says:

    Our inspiration can come from a multitude of places…so why not magazines where they’re a step ahead all the time ;o)
    These cupcakes turned out exquisite…Brava.

    Flavourful wishes,

    P.S. I found you on one of my friend’s blog and decided to come pay you a visit :)

  36. briarrose Says:

    Adorable. Perfect for a winter pick me up. :)

  37. Grace Says:

    Thank you Claudia and thank you to your friend for sending you over!

  38. Ryan Says:

    In my mind I’m already in spring, these look scrumptious.

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  40. Annie Says:

    Just gorgeous pictures and cupcakes! Thanks for the reminder that spring will be right around the corner soon.

  41. Lauren at KeepItSweet Says:

    Just wanted to let you know that these pictures all look fantastic!!!

  42. SMITH BITES Says:

    these are so pretty Grace and yes, they do make me hopeful that spring will be here soon!! thanks for sharing!

  43. Felice Says:

    I already left a message above, but I had to come back and say that your daughter’s photos are as good – if not better – than the cover of Donna’s magazine. Just beautiful.

  44. Sandra Says:

    Looks like spring has sprung in your kitchen! Great recipe and always great pictures. Thank you.

  45. Cakewhiz Says:

    These cupcakes are so pretty! They have such a summery feel to them!

  46. Grace Says:

    Thank you Felice – Liana is so critical of her work. I will pass along the amazing compliment.

  47. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. Says:

    I just found your site Via Namely Marley and Stumble Upon. It is fabulous! These look truly amazing! So excited to find you

  48. Janet Says:

    These look absolutely divine. Can the icing be made ahead of time?

  49. Grace Says:

    Janet this icing is amazing but should be used immediately. One thing I should mention because I find this quite rarely, this recipe makes the exact amount needed to fill and frost the 12 cupcakes.

  50. Grace Says:

    Welcome Angela and thank you!

  51. angelal Says:

    I just made these and I will be bringing them to work tomorrow. Should I refrigerate them until then? Keep them out? Put a lid over them? I have never used meringue frosting before and I dont know if it will deflate/sink/melt before tomorrow.

  52. Grace Says:

    Sorry just getting your message. Definitely keep in an airtight container. If you don’t have a cupcake or cake transporter you can take a deep plastic container, use the lid as the base and place the usual base over and use as the top (does this make sense?) We ate ours right away but the few I had leftover I stored them in my cold room.

  53. Rose Gold Says:

    I love meringue icing! But I can’t make my meringue icing perfect. I always make it looks wet-y. Maybe I can try your recipe I just hope that it turns good.

  54. Grace Says:

    Rose this recipe was pretty easy, let me know how it goes if you try it out.

  55. Erin @ Making Memories Says:

    Your cupcakes look amazing! So beautiful!

  56. Sarah Says:

    Hey! I have had a friend who would like a homemade funfetti cupcake and I have been looking for a nice yellow cake. Do you think it would be better to omit the honey for this? And also, I live in a smaller area and have never seen super-fine sugar crystals- if I run them in the processor for a bit will that be sufficient?

  57. Grace Says:

    Sarah with this recipe you could probably get away with regular granulated sugar but giving it a few pulses in the food processor would be great. In terms of the honey I would leave it in because it doesn’t provide a really strong honey flavour, really a mere kiss.

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  59. Hannah Says:

    I made these today but the icing wasnt as firm as it looks in the photos. I did reduce the icing recipe by 1/3 as I didn’t need it all but I did not change anything else. Is there something that I might have done wrong? Otherwise these are beautiful!

  60. Grace Says:

    Hi Hannah, meringue icing can be a bit finnicky on a good day. This recipe is a little hard to reduce because there is only 3 whites to begin with. I make a neopolitian semifreddo and I have to use a meringue based on 1 egg white and at times it’s hard for me to get the perfect texture. Next time I would urge you to make the entire batch and freeze any leftover because Italian meringue freezes beautifully.

  61. Kelly Says:

    Hi there!
    This frosting looks incredible! Do you think it would work with liquid egg whites?

  62. Grace Says:

    Kelly I’ve never used liquid egg whites and I don’t have any experience with them but from all my research it’s not recommended because you will never be able to whip as much air into the liquid whites as you would with fresh eggs nor will the meringue be as stable.

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