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Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

8th February 2015

Just in time for Valentine's Day. Here is a recipe that Grace and I worked on to find just the right cupcake and frosting combination. We added quite a lot of colour to the frosting, but it tastes just as good white with some coloured sugar. Be sure to watch Grace's video on how to make the frosting look beautiful!

Grace's How to Video

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Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes


11/4 cup all purpose flour
11/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Seeds from 1 vanilla bean
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup milk mixed with 1 tbsp lemon juice to sour

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat eggs well. Add the sugar and beat for about one minute. Add vanilla, vanilla bean and oil. Beat until combined.
  4. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture alternatively with the sour milk. Mix until just combined.
  5. Divide the batter evenly over the 12 spots.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cool completely before adding frosting.

valentines day

Cream Cheese Frosting

3 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened but not melted
1/2 cup cream cheese, soft
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp whipping cream

Items needed for decorating
Pastry bag
Variety of tips (we prefered the closed and open star tip)
Wilton paste colour
Coloured sugar
Any other decorations you can find at your local baking supply store.
We purchased the Wilton Cupcake Decorating Set

  1. With an electric mixer, mix the sugar, butter and cream cheese together on low speed. When combined, increase the speed and beat until very smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla and 1 tbsp of cream and beat for another minute. Add more cream if needed to improve the consistency.
  3. If adding more than one colour to icing, divide the icing into separate bowls and mix in about a pea sized amount of paste colouring. For a marbled effect, using a dull knife, dip the knife into the paste colouring and stripe the inside of the pastry bag fitted with a tip. Add the plain icing and watch for the stripes!

coloured sugar

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I am a mom and an entrepreneur who loves to cook. I am constantly looking for inspiration and after many requests from friends and family, I have decided to share my weekly recipe ideas.

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