Honey Joy Cupcakes

Add a delightfully sweet crunch to fluffy, buzzworthy cupcakes with honey-coated cornflakes.


  • 429 grams all-purpose flour
  • 265 grams caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 375 milliliters of milk
  • 125 milliliters vegetable oil
  • 125 grams unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt (can substitute with sour cream)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 150 milliliters honey (warm)
  • 3 cups corn flakes
  • Frosting
  • 1 batch fluffy vanilla buttercream frosting
  • Honey Joys
  • 4 cups corn flakes
  • 180 grams melted unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 150 grams caster sugar


  1. Honey Joys
  2. Preheat an oven to 150C. Line two baking trays with baking paper. Set aside
  3. To make honey joy shards add butter, sugar and honey to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 20-30 seconds or until butter is melted.
  4. Add corn flakes to a large mixing bowl along with butter mixture and mix until corn flakes are well coated.
  5. Transfer mixture to two baking trays lines with baking paper. Bake for 10-15 min or until golden brown. Allow to cool completely.
  6. Transfer one half of honey joys to a food processor and process to a dust.
  7. Cupcakes
  8. Preheat a fan-forced oven to 160C (320F) or 180C (356F) for a conventional oven. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  9. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, baking powder, caster sugar and salt. Turn mixer on low speed and allow it to mix for a couple minutes to help everything combine well (alternatively you may do this by sifting the ingredients together). Add the softened butter and let it mix until it resembles a fine sand like texture.
  10. Next, add milk, eggs, yogurt, oil, vanilla extract and honey in a large jug and whisk well. Add corn flakes and mix until well combined. Allow to soak for 5 min.
  11. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients all at once and mix until no dry ingredients are visible. Scrape down the bowl and mix for another 20 seconds.
  12. Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 of the way (using an ice cream scoop to transfer the batter into the cupcake liners makes this a quick and easy process otherwise you can use two tablespoons).
  13. Bake for 20-25 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.
  14. To prepare frosting add half the honey joy dust and mix until well combined.
  15. Fit the end of a piping bag with a large round tip and frost a bulb on top of each cupcake.
  16. Coat frosting in honey joy dust before finishing off cupcakes with shards of honey joys from the second tray.