1/4 cup softened butter
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake papers. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (in stand mixer with paddle attachment if available). Mix in honey, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix into the batter until just blended. Scoop the batter into the cups evenly.
Cupcakes are ready when the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 20 minutes.
Honey Buttercream Frosting
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup honey plus 2 TBSP
4-5 cups powdered sugar
milk as needed for thinning out frosting
Cream together the butter and the honey for 2 minutes (in stand mixer with paddle attachment if available). Add 2 cups of the powdered sugar.
Start on low speed on the mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes.
Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. Use milk to thin out frosting to reach desired consistency.