Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Buttercream

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Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Frosting

I’m currently battling a slight cold. Apparently I had way too much fun at Universal Studio’s Harry Potter world, which by the way, was amazing. I feel like the only person on the planet earth that never really got into Harry Potter. But the advertisements on the radio lured me in so I went with my friend Whitney, her boyfriend Michael and Joshua. And I had SO MUCH FUN. Highly recommend.

And butterbeer? It’s SO GOOD. I kinda want to make a recipe on this here blog for a butterbeer because it’s incredibly unique. Think butterscotch meets cream soda with whipped cream on top.

These cupcakes are for mama’s day. I got extra, extra spring-y up in here to celebrate. I’m super bummed that I won’t be with my mom this year but if you’re lucky enough to be hanging with mom, then make her these.

Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Frosting

Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Frosting

Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Frosting

Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Frosting

Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Frosting

They were inspired by the cake I made last year for mother’s day.

Think of it like the reverse of that cake: honey cake and chamomile buttercream.

For the buttercream, I borrowed the technique that was in Tessa’s book, Layered. The technique is super simple. You melt the butter and steep the butter with the tea. Then you strain it and place it in the fridge to firm up. After that you use it like you normally would in a buttercream. So simple and it tastes so much like chamomile.

Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Frosting

Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Buttercream

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Serving Size: 12 cupcakes



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 large eggs

Chamomile Buttercream:

  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 4 bags of chamomile tea
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  • Fresh nasturtium leaves
  • Organic chamomile leaves
  • 1/2 cup blackberries


To make the cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Insert cupcake liners into a cupcake tin. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a measuring cup, measure out the milk and then whisk in the sour cream or yogurt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand-up mixer, add the butter, sugar and honey. Cream together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Crack in the eggs and mix until combined. Add the flour in a few batches, alternating with the milk/yogurt mixture, until combined.
  • Divide the batter amongst the 12 cupcake liners, filling them up about 3/4 of the way. Transfer to the oven to bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until a skewer when inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before moving cupcakes to a cooling rack.

To make the chamomile buttercream:

  • In a saucepan, add the butter and melt over medium-low heat. Turn the heat off and open the tea bags and pour the chamomile leaves into the butter. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Pour the melted butter through a sieve to remove and discard the chamomile leaves. Place the strained and melted butter in the fridge to cool for 45 minutes to 1 hour. The butter should be softened but not rock hard.
  • Transfer the butter to a stand-up mixer, along with the sifted powdered sugar, salt and heavy cream. Beat until light and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Frost the cupcakes how you like. My favorite way recently is the super lazy way: I place two small scoops of frosting on top and then smooth it out into one layer with a small offset spatula. Then I run an offset spatula all the way around the edges' of the cupcakes. Lastly, there’s a little swoop I make on the center. I decorated these with organic chamomile leaves, nasturtium leaves and a blackberry. And then! i dusted them with powdered sugar.
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  • Reply heather (delicious not gorgeous) May 5, 2016 at 12:19 am

    ahhh harry potter looks so cool! i went to the one in florida when it just opened 6ish years ago, and have been meaning to go to the la one. how bad were the crowds though? i remember the florida ones being so crazy that it was hard to move more than a step at times.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 5, 2016 at 10:00 am

      not bad at all! i did go on a tuesday tho and school is still in session. i definitely recommend playing hookie from work and going on a weekday!

  • Reply Jessica Rose May 5, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Never really got into Harry Potter….since you make such beautiful cakes…I will forgive you! 😉


  • Reply Tori//Gringalicious May 5, 2016 at 2:46 am

    I want to go to Harry Potter world so much because I am a huge fan so thanks for the recommendation. Oh, and you should definitely go with your desire to make butterbeer, yum! Omg, these cupcakes are all loveliness and I love the blackberries with them. Perfect!

  • Reply Fernando @ Eating With Your Hands May 5, 2016 at 4:38 am

    Cupcakes is the best cure for a cold 🙂

  • Reply Lynn | The Road to Honey May 5, 2016 at 5:30 am

    I’m not a Harry Potter fan but that butterbeer sounds absolutely divine. You so need to post a recipe. And speaking of divine. . .these cupcakes. Not only are they visually stunning but the flavors sound so delicious. This tea totaler is definitely craving a couple .

  • Reply Abby @ Heart of a Baker May 5, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Cupcakes > cold meds, obviously, so you are doing it right! I was so jealous of your Harry Potter world trip, I was following along on snap and between the butterbeer and the candy shop, SO JEALOUS.

  • Reply Megan (Cozy Eats) May 5, 2016 at 9:53 am

    I grew up reading HP and am a huuuuuge fan. I went to the park in Florida, it’s so amazing. And the frozen butter beer was my favorite, so so good. I’d love to see you recreate it. 🙂 And the cupcakes look incredible!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 5, 2016 at 9:59 am

      ohhh i didn’t try the frozen butter beer! need to go back haha.

      • Reply Megan (Cozy Eats) May 5, 2016 at 10:02 am

        It’s so good! You do need to go back now, haha. It was kind of like a slushie.

  • Reply Kathleen Royston May 5, 2016 at 10:14 am

    These look amazing (I have an earl grey variation planned), but 1/2 a cup of butter is 1 stick, not 2. I’m guessing I should use 1 stick in the cake and 1 in the frosting? (A pound of butter seems like a lot for 12 cupcakes).

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 5, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      yes, you’re so right! sorry about that! i’ve fixed it now. 🙂

  • Reply Ellie | Hungry by Nature May 5, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and am so jealous you’ve visited HP World! These cupcakes are beautiful and I am going to have to try that buttercream technique!

  • Reply Kari May 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Yum! These look so fresh and slightly sweet!

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    Love Harry Potter. And chamomile! If no one has shared with you yet, Butterbeer in the books is mildly alcoholic, which makes the description of it sound extra good to me! 🙂

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  • Reply Flor May 9, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I made that honey cake last year and it was delicious.
    Going to try to make these just because!

  • Reply Eden Passante May 11, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Beautiful! These look so good!

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    These look amazing, so beautiful Adriana. I saw these on snapchat and they look great here.

  • Reply Marianna May 13, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Made these last night….wow, that frosting! Delicious and unique!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 13, 2016 at 8:29 am

      right? the frosting is my favorite! so glad you loved them!

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    OMG these look amazing I’m going to make them for a baby shower next month! Quick question: could I substitute the flour for a gluten free option? what would you reccomend?

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      You can maybe use Cup4Cup GF flour and it should work, though I’m not totally positive since I haven’t tried it myself! 🙂

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  • Reply Taylor April 11, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Hey there! I’m a novice baker and I have a question about steeping the chamomille. Do I melt then butter, turn off the stove, then steep the leaves or do I leave the saucepan/stove on medium heat while I’m steeping the leaves in the butter? I love your blog by the way!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 12, 2018 at 8:53 am

      Hi Taylor! Sorry for the confusion–I should make that a bit clearer! I would definitely turn the heat off. It wouldn’t make THAT big a difference but with the heat on it might brown the butter too much. And thank you so much for the sweet words! xo

  • Reply Beth July 12, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Just made these for my daughter’s 2nd birthday tomorrow. So delicious! Thank you. ❤️

  • Reply Nadja August 31, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Holy. Toledo. These are delicious. I was skeptical about the chamomile, because the infused butter didn’t smell like much. But the taste is perfect and you get a solid chamomile flavor. Bonus: the frosting is the perfect amount for 12 cupcakes, which is so, so satisfying. You’ve done it again!

    Two things for readers: 1) the recipe doesn’t specify what to do with the vanilla, but you should add it with the liquids. Don’t leave it out by accident! 2) It took less than 45min for the butter to come back together, so check it periodically.