Day 69 – Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

8 Oct

I’m not gonna lie.  I have avoided using Vanilla Bean for years.  Don’t know why, but I was literally turned off to recipes that called for it.  The good news is that this project has (literally) forced me outside of my comfort zone – on so many levels!  No ingredient is off-limits if I truly want to find the best cupcake recipes.  So, here it is.  My first cupcake with a vanilla bean.  Vanilla Bean Cupcakes (recipe below from Cupcake Diner).

Vanilla-Cupcake     Mini-Vanilla-Cupcakes

The cake is a mix of a pound cake and an angel food cake in density and texture.  The minis were a disaster, I couldn’t get them out of the pan without them crumbling.  The cake is sweet with a buttery-vanilla flavor. Nice, not overstated by any means.

Vanilla-Buttercream

This frosting is fluffy, creamy and very light.  But, there’s no vanilla in the “vanilla butter cream”, which is odd…So, it ends up just a sugary butter flavor.  It’s not bad, but not overly exciting.

Vanilla-Bean-Cupcake     Mini-Vanilla-Bean-Cupcake

Together the cake has enough vanilla to cover the frosting’s lack of vanilla. But altogether, I wanted a bigger, bolder-flavored cupcake since it calls for vanilla bean and not simply extract.

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3
  • Frosting Taste: 2
  • Overall Taste: 3
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 3.5
  • TOTAL: 15

RECIPE

Vanilla Bean Cupcake (recipe from Cupcake Diner)

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

2 1/2 cups cake and pastry flour

2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 vanilla bean (or 2 tsps of vanilla extract)

1 cup milk

Vanilla Butter Cream

1 cup unsalted butter softened, but not melted

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

5 tablespoons milk (more if needed to reach desired consistency)

For directions visit Cupcake Diner.

*Tomorrow: Fudge Brownie Cupcakes with Pumpkin Frosting*

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