Bloom Honey Icing
This weekend I worked on an event for Honey Colony, a company that represents a variety of honey-based products and seeks to uphold the high-quality standards of those who value planet, humanity, honesty, and fair-trade practices.
I always love to take my client's products, passions or interests and incorporate them into the way I design an event, so I thought it would be fun to create a cupcake around honey.
I set out in search of one such honey that came highly recommended from Honey Colony called Bloom. Bloom is a raw and pure honey extracted straight from beehives here in California. I soon found myself at PC Greens in Malibu where I purchased both the "Avocado" and the "Pumpkin" varietals and then tried to distract myself from the walls of amazing organic products, vegan foods and yummy looking juices. I was on a mission and I needed to get back to the kitchen!
The recipe below is made with the "Avocado," but I assure you that each of Bloom's sweet gems of nature would work quite well. What I will no longer recommend, however, after learning more about honey and the hardworking bees that produce it, is the standard grocery store honey. It just doesn't compare in taste or in health benefits. Seriously guys, this Bloom Honey is pure gold.
Now, I'm sure the amazing benefits of this honey are quickly outweighed by the butter and sugar in this delicious frosting, but if you're looking for a honey frosting to top a vanilla cupcake or even a lavender cupcake, look no further than this. It's simple, elegant and delicious!
1/3 cup Bloom Honey
1 32oz bag Powdered Sugar
2 cups butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a standing mixer, on medium high, beat room temperature butter until softened. Slowly add honey until well blended. Decrease the speed of the mixer to the slowest setting. Slowly add powdered sugar one cup at a time until icing peeks at a consistency that will hold its form. Add vanilla and continue to beat until well blended. Icing can be frozen. It keeps quite well as long as it is sealed.
Icing works wonderfully on a variety of cupcake or cake flavors. I created a cupcake out of a vanilla batter and added Bloom's Pumpkin Honey. It was just devine. It is important to note that in order to retain the health benefits of honey, one should not cook or heat it. Therefore, adding honey to your baked goods is merely for pleasure.
For more amazing Bloom Honey recipes check out the Bloom site.