Honeybee Brings Handcrafted Doughnuts to South Miami

Hidden inside a strip mall in South Miami is a small bright-yellow doughnut shop named Honeybee. Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 17, it will officially open its doors and offer craft homemade doughnuts with love.

Founder/visionary Karen Muirhead, who left the corporate world to pursue her dream of opening a doughnut shop, says her heart was always in a different place. She describes Honeybee as a dream come true, and since its soft opening May 7, "it's been incredible," she says with tears in her eyes.

"The most fulfilling part of this process is seeing our hard work come to fruition," Muirhead says, "and, of course, seeing our customers happy."

The hole-in-the-wall spot uses decades of Muirhead's family recipes to create dozens of sweet varieties, including cream-filled ones and others topped with a petite sugar bumblebee. 
Each doughnut is handcrafted in-house, with two batches made from scratch daily. Doughnuts vary in size, fillings, and toppings. Gluten-free and lower-calorie options are available too. Muirhead says maple bacon has been one of Honeybee's bestsellers so far, but since soft-opening, the shop has sold out of every flavor by about 4 p.m.

Besides traditional flavors such as glazed and double chocolate, there's also a dulce de leche version topped with fresh fruit and toasted almonds; chocolate pecan with Valrhona chocolate, Georgia pecans, and a honey glaze; and guava and cheese. Her signature "Honeybee" doughnut is on the menu too, which fuses in-house honey and caramel glaze. Plus, there are mini doughnuts, which vary in toppings and fillings. 

Every doughnut uses Muirhead's personal buttermilk dough recipe, which she spent more than a year perfecting before opening Honeybee. 
For those who are gluten-free, Honeybee offers a baked double-chocolate beehive and a baked banana beehive topped with powdered sugar. Though they're the same size as a regular doughnut, both are less than 100 calories.

Those interested in more than one or two doughnuts can ask for a doughnut tower, which transforms a handful of doughnuts into a beautifully decorated centerpiece or gift.

"I feel very proud to be a local and own a business that started locally," she says. "Go, South Florida!"

Honeybee Doughnuts is located at 7388 Red Rd. in South Miami. It's open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. till the doughnuts sell out. For more information, visit

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Clarissa Buch is a reporter and food critic who has covered Miami for more than half a decade. Her work focuses on food and culture (and food culture).
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