Vanilla Cupcakes and Whipped Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting

Serves 24

These are the best vanilla cupcakes and the frosting is truly delicious.  Together, they make a yummy and absolutely fantastic combination.  The cupcakes are soft and crumby, yet very satisfying.  The whipped vanilla bean frosting is not just fluffy and smooth, but so flavourful because of the vanilla bean paste.  Together, they might just stop you from complaining that vanilla cupcakes are plain and boring!  Let’s get started.

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Vanilla Cupcakes and Whipped Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting – Recipe

Ingredients

Vanilla Cupcakes

  • 3 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ Tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla bean paste

Whipped Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla bean paste
  • 2 ½ cups icing sugar, sifted (more as necessary depending on how stiff you want your icing)
  • 2 Tbsp. milk (optional)

Instructions

Vanilla Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F and line two cupcake pans with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large bowl if using a hand mixer) add all the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until well combined.
  3. Add the eggs and mix until just incorporated and add the rest of the ingredients and mix on low speed until combined. Turn speed to medium and beat for 2 – 4 minutes until light and smooth.
  4. Spoon mixture into each cupcake liner until about half full and bake for 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from oven and leave in the pan for 5 minutes and then take out and let cool.

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Whipped Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting

  1. Add butter and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or large bowl if using a hand mixer) and whisk on medium low until pale and fluffy, 2 minutes.
  2. Add vanilla bean paste and continue to whisk for another minute.
  3. Sift in icing sugar half a cup at a time and whisk on low speed until incorporated. Turn up speed to medium and whip until smooth, fluffy and light.
  4. Add milk (if using) or more sugar as necessary to achieved desired consistency and whip on medium-high speed for another minute. I like to add a little bit of milk because I find that it makes everything even creamier and this is a medium consistency frosting which is great for cupcakes so I don`t add extra sugar.

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Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and enjoy.  If you like cupcakes you’ll also like Falooda Cupcakes and for vegetarians try the Eggless Chocolate Malt (Milo) Cupcakes.