Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

It’s Sunday, time for a little treat?? So how about these Vanilla Bean Cupcakes? Moist, vanilla flavoured sponge, topped with the lightest, most dreamy vanilla buttercream and a pearl, because you are special.

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes individually portioned treats. www.featingisfun.com
Vanilla Bean Cupcakes individually portioned treats. www.featingisfun.com

Look how pretty these cupcakes are. So beautiful, that I almost called them antique Vanilla Bean Cupcakes, although I thought better of it. I’m pretty sure everyone would have imagined them as hard, mouldy, relics of the past – yep not conjuring up the image I’d like!!!

How stunning are these cupcake cases. A wonderful Christmas present from a much loved friend.

Soo Pretty
Soo Pretty

Actually I received quite a few cooking and baking related presents last year, for both Christmas and my birthday. The little, cute, individual cupcake stand was a present from my hubby and I adore it.

I was very excited to receive four cookbooks, which I enjoy reading, as if they are novels. Even though I very rarely follow a recipe religiously, I gather inspiration and ideas from my ever increasing cookbook collection.

Am I alone in my cookbook obsession collection?  Thought not!!!

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes perfect for afternoon tea.
Vanilla Bean Cupcakes perfect for afternoon tea.

These Vanilla Bean Cupcakes were the final bake for a review I have been carrying out. So after much discussion with my daughter, regarding flavour combinations, we decided to settle on a classic vanilla sponge, with the addition of vanilla bean paste instead of extract. Although I kept to vanilla extract for the best buttercream icing ever!

Look at that delicious swirl of buttercream.
Look at that delicious swirl of buttercream.

The result being, the best cupcakes I have made, this year!

Recipe: Makes 12 deep filled Vanilla Bean Cupcakes or 18-20 standard ones.

150g/6oz Caster Sugar

150g/6oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

150g/6oz Plain White Flour

1 1/2tsp Baking Powder

1/4tsp Salt

1tsp Vanilla Bean Paste

3 Large Eggs – I always use free range

25ml/1fl oz Whole Milk

Cupcake cases

For the buttercream

400g/14oz Icing Sugar -sieved

200g/7oz Unsalted Butter – very soft

1/8tsp Salt

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

3tbsp Boiling Water

Edible pearls or sprinkles for decoration

Method: Preheat the oven to 175C/160C fan oven.

Into a large bowl add the butter and caster sugar.

Whisk the sugar and butter together until pale and creamy.
Whisk the sugar and butter together until pale and creamy.
Add the eggs, milk, vanilla bean paste and salt to the bowl. Mix to combine be.
Add the eggs, milk, vanilla bean paste and salt to the bowl. Mix to combine.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl.
Fold all the ingredients together until combined. This will ensure the Vanilla Bean Cupcakes are light and fluffy.
Fold all the ingredients together until combined. This will ensure the Vanilla Bean Cupcakes are light and fluffy.
Fill each cupcake case half way with cake batter.
Fill each cupcake case half way with cake batter.

Place the cupcake tray into the middle of the preheated oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes (a shorter time will be required for smaller cupcakes).

The cupcakes are baked when they are golden brown and spring back when pressed lightly in the centre.

When baked remove the cupcake tray from the oven.

Baked, golden Vanilla Bean Cupcakes.
Baked, golden Vanilla Bean Cupcakes.

Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then place them onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

To make the Buttercream Frosting:

Place the butter, salt, vanilla extract, sifted icing sugar and boiling water into a large bowl.
Place the butter, salt, vanilla extract, sifted icing sugar and boiling water into a large bowl.
Starting on a low speed, mix all the buttercream ingredients together, gradually increasing the mixer speed.
Starting on a low speed, mix all the buttercream ingredients together, gradually increasing the mixer speed.

For the very lightest, creamiest buttercream, continue mixing for 10 minutes. The result will be the dreamiest buttercream icing you will ever have tasted.

The addition of very hot water to the buttercream mix, stops it from forming a hard crust. I cannot remember when I first started adding boiling water, that shows it was a very, very long time ago!!

Fit a large piping bag with the tip of your choice – I used a large French star tip. Fill the bag with buttercream and fold over the top of the bag.

Using a circular motion, pipe buttercream in a swirl effect, onto the top of each cupcake.

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes swirling, light buttercream, adorns the tops.
Vanilla Bean Cupcakes swirling, light buttercream, adorns the tops.
Vanilla Bean Cupcakes an edible pearl provides the finishing touch to these edible treats.
Vanilla Bean Cupcakes an edible pearl provides the finishing touch to these edible treats.

I hope you’ll agree with me, that these cupcakes are elegantly beautiful ?

Usually I cannot wait to sprinkle edible glitter on, well pretty much anything I bake, but these Vanilla Bean Cupcakes looked so perfect after the addition of the pearl, that I managed to restrain myself.

The result a spectacularly elegant cupcake, that tastes every bit as good as it looks.

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes timeless elegance, in cake form.
Vanilla Bean Cupcakes timeless elegance, in cake form.

I have really enjoyed carrying out the review for British Bakewaretheir cupcake pan baked goods evenly, was very easy to clean and I absolutely recommend it.

These Vanilla Bean Cupcakes did not last very long in our home, although I did give our neighbours a couple. I believe food tastes better when shared. Even though I only spent 10 minutes with them, we had a lovely catch up chat and they were thrilled with the cupcakes I gave to them.

During the winter months especially, weeks, indeed months can easily pass without people living in close proximity, exchanging a word. So it really is worth taking a few minutes out of our day once a week, or so, to make the effort to talk to those who live close by.

Are you friendly with your neighbours?

Do you keep a check on elderly or infirm neighbours, especially during the cold, winter months?

Next time you are baking, how about popping a few cookies or cupcakes on a plate and sharing them with your local community?

Please let me know if you do. I love to read your comments.

If you enjoyed this recipe for Vanilla Bean Cupcakes, then I hope you’ll like these too:

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Happy baking.

Sammie xx

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Hi, I'm Sammie, a young 40 something girl who loves life, Jesus, her family, cooking, gardening and photography. I have a passion for sharing and encouraging others to share. My way is to show love through food whilst having fun. Hence Feasting Is Fun!!

8 thoughts on “Vanilla Bean Cupcakes”

  1. These look gorgeous! I love the cases. Vanilla bean paste has to be one of my best baking discoveries in recent years. I want to put it everything!

    I’m also guilty of reading baking books like novels. My brother gave me the new Primrose Bakery book for Christmas and I’ve been flicking through it before going to bed most nights.

    1. It really is a great product. I really like adding it to homemade vanilla ice cream. I’m glad that it’s not only me who is a compulsive cookery book collector. Thank you for your lovely comments. Sammie X.

  2. That little cupcake stand is adorable! Bonus points to the hubby for picking it out for you! These cupcakes look so lovely and I’m sure anyone who was lucky to enjoy one found it a real treat. And an edible pearl? I need to go shopping with you lady! If your neighbours ever move, having fresh baked goods next door is sure to start a bidding war! xo

    1. I know my hubby is definitely a keeper, cupcake stand or not. Inside in pale blue it says just for you and it has its own little glass dome!! I was really pleased with how these turned out and the pearl was the finishing touch. I’m going to have to up my game after diamonds and pearls, maybe gold leaf??? Xx

  3. Wow, these look so beautiful and lovely. I love vanilla cupcakes and will definitely give these a try!

  4. Ah thank you Emma. The recipe is very straight forward and, as someone who doesn’t usually eat icing, the buttercream is to die for! I ate 3 of the cupcakes!!! Xx

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