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.


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


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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