Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

I’m in love with the vanilla beans I bought myself several months ago. The beans are so fun to experiment with. Several months back I made creamy vanilla cauliflower and that has been a huge hit.

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I’m challenging myself to try vanilla in unique ways. OK. I’ve had vanilla cupcakes before. Yes, indeed. However, I’ve never had vanilla bean cupcakes.

These are the perfect sweet little treat. Especially if you’re taking a vacation from chocolate. Which by the way doesn’t happen very often for me. But occasionally I do declare a chocolate fast and still want something sweet.

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To me a world without chocolate would seem quite bizarre but if I get myself to fall head over heels in love with vanilla. Well, then I’ll be good. These cupcakes get me to start tripping for vanilla for sure. I’m also now a french vanilla coffee lover. Anyone else?

Hmm….makes me wonder. What else out there do I love with vanilla flavor? Maybe I should create a vanilla whoopie pie. Now that sounds good!

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I made these for my family several months ago and they absolutely loved them. They’re sweet, delicate and have just the perfect amount of vanilla. If you’re a vanilla lover you’ll be hooked for sure! If you’re not these may turn you into one….forever. Sorry, but that’s a really good thing. You’ll see. *wink*

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Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
Serves: 24 cupcakes
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1⅔ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk (regular milk can be substituted)
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Vanilla bean buttercream:
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • ⅔ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 to 4 tablespooons milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a mixing bowl fitted with paddle attachment cream butter and sugar until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs. Beat well. Mix in vanilla.
  3. For vanilla bean, split open lengthwise. Scrap out bean. Add to mixture in bowl. Stir.
  4. Add milk stirring until well combined.
  5. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until smooth.
  6. Line two 12 muffin pans with liners. Scoop cake mixture into muffin tins dividing evenly.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center turns out clean.
  8. After 10 minutes or so transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.
For buttercream:
  1. In large mixing bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter using stand mixer on low speed. Stir in vanilla and 3 tablespoons of the milk.
  2. Gradually beat in just enough remaining milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick mix in more milk, a few drops at a time. Mix on medium speed for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla bean seeds. Frost cupcakes and serve.

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  1. That’s smart to get an ingredient and challenge yourself to try it in different ways – love that idea! I love vanilla bean too. These cupcakes look awesome!

  2. I just recently started using vanilla beans and I love them! I can get 2 at Trader Joe’s for $3.99. Can’t beat that : ) How do you store yours? I’ve been keeping mine in a ziploc bag in my pantry.

    • I bought them from Costco and they came in this nifty little capsules. So no need to store them elsewhere. I know you shop there too so you should check them out there. Decent price too.

  3. Totally agree, a vanilla cupcake and a vanilla BEAN cupcake are totally different! These look delicious!

  4. A world without chocolate would be a sad world indeed, love that you challenged yourself with vanilla though. Especially because the results were these cupcakes. YUM Melanie! Pinned this one for sure!

  5. I love vanilla cupcakes, but I must admit that they must taste x10000000 times better when made with the real stuff. These look wonderful!
    Have a great day Melanie! xxxx

  6. Vanilla > Chocolate. This look really tasty and simple (in a good way!!) Thanks for sharing!

  7. I’ve never baked with soy milk before – Did you notice a difference in texture from swapping out regular milk? Always looking to refine my very limited baking skills :)

  8. Great minds think alike :) Believe it or not, I think I love vanilla bean cupcakes more than chocolate!

  9. I ♥ vanilla bean!!!! I invite you to share this yumminess at my Thursday Hop ( you can link up through Sat) Hugs!

  10. Totally in need of a good vanilla cupcake recipe. I love that you use vanilla bean. Interesting to use soy milk, can you taste a difference. I absolutely love soy, just have never seen them in a cupcake. How could it not be good?! :)

  11. Love these sweet treats! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  12. If I wanted to make this in layer cake form, what alterations would you suggest making to the recipe?

    • I never have tried it but my best suggestion would be to just keep it as is. Except you would have to test for doneness at several minute intervals. If you try it and it works out well come back and let us know. Thanks for stopping by!

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