Thursday, September 27, 2012

Birthday Time! Vanilla Bean Cupcake

Goodness it seems like I've been baking a lot of cupcakes lately.  But I'm really not complaining.  Just making a tasty observation.  Today my office was celebrating a birthday for one of our Captains/Attorney's that happened to slip by early September without a celebration. So a couple of us Paralegals decided that we couldn't let that happen.

For some kookoo reason people in my office are not big fans of chocolate... say what! I know I know pretty absurd right?  The Captain I made the cupcakes for said he was a chocolate fan, Yay obviously someone with taste buds.  So I made a Milk Chocolate Buttercream (mainly for him) and Cream Cheese Frosting (mainly for the other crazy non chocolat people)  and at the end of the day what cupcake does the Captain take.  Cream Cheese!! lol geez.  anyways both frosting are quite delish and pairs great with the Vanilla Bean Cupcake.

Though one frosting caution, if you do decide to make 2 different frostings, you will have ALOT of leftovers.  So here is some ideas to use up that extra frosting   1. Can use them in whoopie pies and use it as the cream for the middle 2. make more cupcakes duh lol (thats what I should have done) 3. melt the frosting and use as a glaze over muffins, donuts, scones etc.

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes w/ Milk Chocolate Buttercream and Cream Cheese Frosting
From Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications 2012
Yields: 12 Cupcakes and 12 mini Cupcakes

Bake Time: reg: 18 min. mini: 14 min. 

1/2 Cup Butter
1 Egg
2 Egg yolks
1 Vanilla Bean, split lengthwise
1 1/2 Cup Flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 Sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 Cup whipping cream

- Let your eggs and butter sit at room temperature for at least 45 min. 
- Preheat oven to 350 F and line a cupcake tin with 12 regular sized muffin cups and mini tin with 12 mini muffin cups (if you have a 24 mini tin, put a muffin cup into every other tin cup).
- In a medium bowl mix your dry ingredients together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. 
- In a electric mixer on medium high, beat the butter for 30 seconds and add your sugar until combined. Beat in your egg and yolks one at a time and vanilla bean seeds (scraped out of the bean) until mixed.  Alternately add you flour mixture and whipping cream to the batter until just combined. 
- Fill your muffin cups 3/4 full and bake the regular sized cupcakes for 18 minutes and the mini cupcakes at 14 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 8 ounce package of cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 1/2 Cups powdered sugar

Let the cream cheese and butter sit at room temp for at least 45 minutes. In a large mixing bowl beat the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until fluffy. Gradually add your powdered sugar until full combined. place in the fridge until ready to pipe or frost cupcakes.

Milk Chocolate Buttercream
Adapted from The Cupcake Diaries 

2/3 Cup Milk
5 1/2 cups powdered sugar
12 Tablespoons butter at room temp
5 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 bag chocolate chips- melted and at room temp


Place all ingredients expect melted chocolate into a electric mixer and beat on medium high or 2-4 minutes until light and fluffy.  Slowly add the melted chocolate until combined.

*update: I also posted this on Freedom Friday over at My turn (for us) blog.


  1. Mmmm, I wish I could make that kind of tasty observation. Great ideas on how to use up the extra icing. I just bought myself a donut pan, so I'll be needing lots of glaze.

  2. These are beautiful, Neshanne! Chocolate and vanilla bean is a great combo!

    1. Thanks Jessica, I agree chocolate and vanilla go great together, why people in my office don't like chocolate is insane.

  3. I swear, you should open a bakery. They looked so good and the frosting was just perfect.

  4. Lovely cupcakes with tasty frosting! YUM! They look so sweet! :)

  5. Personally, I think the frosting's the best part anyway :-)

  6. Don't trust anyone who doesn't like chocolate, especially the Japanese stuff!

  7. I certainly do not complain about the abundance of cupcakes on your blog as they always look delicious and make me just want to reach through my screen and grab one! :) How sweet of you to make a special treat! Love love love these! Have a fabulous weekend, Neshanne!

  8. Big Yum!!! Hopping over and following along from Freedom Friday xo

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