Food Fashion and Flow: Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting   

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Cupcakes are one of those desserts that most people cannot resist. I love them! They are decadent, delicious and easy to make. This recipe is simple and perfect for a quick and easy dessert. I love lots of buttercream frosting. In fact, I am one of those people that wants the piece of birthday cake with the big rose on it, just so I can have some extra frosting:-)

These are moist, flavorful, and so good, you will want to eat five or six. Look at how creamy this frosting looks, and yes, the buttercream is just as rich and sinful as it looks. Ready to make cupcakes? LETS GO!

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

3 cups cake flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 teaspoon Trader Joes Vanilla Bean paste
16 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
5 large eggs, at room temperature
1¼ cups buttermilk, at room temperature
1 tbsp. vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Line two cupcake pans with paper liners.  Set aside.
In a medium-mixing bowl, combine the cake flour, baking powder and salt.  Whisk together and set aside.  Add the butter to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (you can use a regular mixer if you don’t have a mixer with a paddle attachment) Scrape the vanilla bean seeds into the bowl of the mixer with the butter and discard the pod. Beat on medium-high speed for 3 minutes, until light and creamy in color.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for one more minute.

Add the sugar to the butter mixture, ¼ cup at a time, beating 1 minute after each addition.  Mix in the eggs one at a time until incorporated.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl after each addition.  Combine the buttermilk and the vanilla extract in a liquid measuring cup.  With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients alternately with the wet ingredients, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients and mixing just until incorporated.

 Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix for 15 seconds longer.
Divide the batter between the prepared paper liners, filling each about 2/3 of the way full Bake 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the pans 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

 Vanilla Buttercream
2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. heavy cream  

In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat butter at medium-high speed until smooth, about 20 seconds.  Add confectioners’ sugar and salt; beat at medium-low speed until most of the sugar is moistened, about 45 seconds.  Scrape down the bowl and beat at medium speed until mixture is fully combined, about 15 seconds.  Scrape bowl, add vanilla and heavy cream, and beat at medium speed until incorporated, about 10 seconds.  Then increase the speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down bowl once or twice.  

To create the swirl effect for your cupcakes, you will need:

A pastry bag
1M (open start tip)

Place the open star tip inside of your pastry bag. Fill the bag with frosting, Hold the tip at a 90 degree angle and pipe frosting on the outer edge of the cupcake and work inward. 

Enjoy your cupcakes! These are lovely with an ice cold glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee, or a scoop of ice cream:-)



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Ivana said...

Oh my, how adorable are these cupcakes? LOVE them and can´t wait to bake them from the scratch!

I´m really happy that I´ve found your blog and I´m following you :) Hope to see you over at my blog very soon :)

xx Ivana

Nothing Lasts Forever said...

This looks so yummy ! I love the violet frosting ! Check out :

Tammy said...

I will try these soon.


Tamding said...

I want Some!

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

Yum, these cupcakes look delicious! I'm the girl who wants the big chunks of frosting flowers on my slice of cake too, haha!

Anonymous said...

it looks so yummy^-^

Mariel Torres said...

oh they look absolutely beautiful! i must try this recipe soon ;)


Chyanne M. said...

OMG...they look soooo yummy! I want them all.

Thx for stopping by my blog.

♥ StylisHedForeVer said...

These look delicious, I want one now!
You have a lovely blog girlie :)

Anonymous said...

YUM! I will definitely be bookmarking this recipe!

Anonymous said...

These look so good and that frosting is perfect! I wish I had enough patience to make mine look that pretty.

Nicole said...

I love cupcakes! And those cupcakes are amazing Have to try the recipe!

By the way, thanks for your lovely comment!

Kisses from Hong Kong,

LA Lynn's said...

U should have warned me before entering your blog... MOUTH WATERING!!!! ~Looks DELISH #YUMMY

Thanks for following my blog & the lovely comment. I look forward to getting BLOGGED! lol

jill said...

just stumbled on your blog. I love making cupcakes, and this looks like the perfect recipe!
stop by and say hello!

Francesca R said...

They are far away too complicated for me. I love cupcakes and i tried to make some on my own: a total disaster!!! I'll try again with your tips....cross your fingers!!!

Josie said...

These officially look AMAZING! So pretty and delicious.
xo Josie

Alicia said...

Mm they look DELICIOUS!! Thanks for the recipe :) You have a lovely style dear & lots of great photos, thanks for stopping by, following :)
Happy weekend,
Alicia Mi Mundo ❤

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Eleanor said...
Oh my goodness they have me drooling...

Thanks for stopping by!

J'Anns Boutique said...

Oh my these look so decadent!

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Linh said...

Well hello there beautiful! My tummy is thanking you in advance for this recipe. And, as I am typing, I am looking down at the word verification and it says "fatta" LOL Have a wonderful Friday!

Sharan said...

Those look amazing! You have such a wonderful blog...definitely coming back for more!

Anonymous said...

Oh pretty!

AJ TAYLOR said...

oh wow. I want to but those look too gorgeous to eat. will definitely be trying these

Anonymous said...

oh god! I'm on diet and now I crave a cupcake ;p

Katie Mac said... cupcakes!

Oh my Dior! said...

you got the cutest blog ever!! I am your new follower :) please follow back

Paola said...


Zarna said...

yum! those look delicious!

Meagan said...

Those cupcakes are beautiful!

Hope Adela Pasztor said...

Ooooh la la yummy! These cupcakes remind me of Alice in Wonderland! =)

Tanyabell said...

YUM!! Food porn or what?!

Fashion Meets Food said...

Wow those cupcakes look incredible. I adore your little swirl on top wish I knew how to do that!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What gorgeous and elegant cupcakes! I love that blue buttercream.



Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing your recipes. I wish I wasn't to lazy to make them. They look so yummy!

Anonymous said...

Amazing looking cupcakes and frosting! Love love the lavender color!

Stefania said...

Omg they look deliciou!! i should try to cook them!! :)

Dan Ridl said...

These look delicious, I want one now! You have a lovely blog girlie :)

Davis said...

U should have warned me before entering your blog... MOUTH WATERING!!!! ~Looks DELISH #YUMMY Thanks for following my blog & the lovely comment. I look forward to getting BLOGGED! lol

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