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.
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.
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!!!
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!
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
1tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
3 Large Eggs – I always use free range
25ml/1fl oz Whole Milk
For the buttercream
400g/14oz Icing Sugar -sieved
200g/7oz Unsalted Butter – very soft
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
I have really enjoyed carrying out the review for British Bakeware, their 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.
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