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Honey Cakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Filling

This honey cake recipe is intended to accompany the book, "Bear Wants More" by Karma Wilson. Even if you don't read the book, the sweet treat is still delicious!
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 38 minutes
Servings 7
Author The Seasoned Mom


For the Honey Cakes:

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon salt

For the Cinnamon Buttercream Filling:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 ¼ cups confectioners’ sugar sifted
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  • Beat sugar and oil in a medium bowl until blended. Beat in egg, honey, and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  • Scoop out dough by tablespoonfuls, roll into balls, and place on prepared baking sheet. Using fingers, gently press down on each ball to flatten slightly. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once the honey cakes have cooled completely, it’s time to make the filling. Place the butter in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes until pale and creamy. Beat in the cream, then gradually add the sugar and the cinnamon. Continue beating for 2-3 minutes until the buttercream is light and fluffy.
  • To assemble, pipe or spread the buttercream on the flat side of half of the honey cakes. Top with the rest of the cakes. Allow to set before serving.