What makes this frosting so good is the local honey! Each season of honey brings a slightly different flavor (and coloring) to the frosting. Try it with all the season’s varieties of honey. Don’t have a local honey source? Definitely find one or even two. It took our family years to realize that there is truly a difference between the honey on the grocery store shelf and the honey that you pick up from your local source.
We have two friends in our area that sell us honey. One is our friend Scott who owns and operates Entomos Apiaries. We met Scott at our favorite restaurant in Ithaca where he used to work as a host and a waiter. We started buying honey after we ran into him doing a honey tasting at a local hotel when we were out with friends. It was really cool to see him in a different space and learn about his business. This article shares about Scott and his honey.
Our other source is our friends Andy and Cori. They have a beautiful property in our area and Andy keeps bees. This frosting is using his summer honey – it has a truly amazing taste!! When we went to pick up this batch we chatted with Andy about the different types of flavors the honey has for the different seasons. I had never noticed as much as I did after that conversation. I took a taste and thought, “Wow. I really can’t believe I bought grocery store honey for all that time.” This article talks a bit about Andy and how he tends his bees.
Honey Cream Cheese Frosting
This frosting is so simple - just a combination of butter, cream cheese and local honey. It is one of my favorite toppings for zucchini cake and carrot cake.
- 1/2 cup local honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- Combine the honey and cream cheese [COMBINE]
- Beat for 5 minutes using a paddle attachment on a stand mixer. [BEAT]
- Slowly pour in the honey and vanilla [POUR]
- Beat for another 2-3 minutes, until fluffy. [BEAT]
Because there is more butter than cream cheese in this frosting, it holds up nicely in warmer weather. It is a great amount of frosting to frost an 8" two layer cake or 12-18 cupcakes.