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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Carroll

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

...because, treat yo self!



1 1/3c All-Purpose Flour

1 1/4t Baking Powder

1/2t Salt

1/2c Unsalted Butter, softened

1c Granulated Sugar

2 Large Eggs

2t Vanilla

1 Whole Vanilla Bean, scraped

1/2c Sour Cream


1c Unsalted Butter, softened

3c Powdered Sugar

2t Vanilla

2T Heavy Whipping Cream

2oz Sprinkles from Sprinkle Pop (optional)

60 Mini Cupcake Papers


1. Preheat oven to 350F

2. Line 3 mini muffin tins with 60 mini cupcake papers

3. In medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt

4. In stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar

5. Add in eggs, one at a time

6. Mix in vanilla, vanilla bean, and sour cream until well blended

7. Slowly add in dry ingredients, beat over medium 1-2 minutes

8. Pour batter into piping bag and fill the prepared muffin tins (fill cupcakes approximately 2/3 full)

9. Bake each tray separately, approximately 16 minutes (check occasionally, my oven tends to run a little low, cupcakes are done when a toothpick comes out dry)

10. Cool cupcakes on wire racks (approximately 30 minutes) until completely cool

11. While cupcakes are cooking / cooling, beat butter for frosting until smooth in stand mixer (using paddle attachment)

12. Add in powdered sugar until well mixed, approximately 2 minutes

13. Add in vanilla

14. Slowly add in heavy cream, blend 1-2 minutes

15. Add frosting to piping bag with tip of your choice (I used a Wilton 1M tip)

16. Place cooled cupcakes on cookie sheet, frost to your liking (I went around 1 1/2 times), and add sprinkles!

Makes 60 mini cupcakes


Feel free to decorate with or without sprinkles -- you can add food coloring to your frosting (2-3 drops) too

The sprinkles we used were the Sea Glass mix

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