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Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

My 3-year-old son loves these! Flecks of vanilla bean in the moist, tender cupcakes gives them special-occasion status. —Alysha Braun, St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1-1/2 dozen


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 vanilla beans
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Assorted candies and coarse sugar


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Split vanilla beans lengthwise; using the tip of a sharp knife, scrape seeds from the center into creamed mixture. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  • Fill prepared cups three-fourths full. Bake 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Decorate with candies and coarse sugar as desired. Refrigerate leftovers.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled cupcakes in resealable freezer containers. To use, thaw at room temperature. Frost as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1 cupcake (calculated without decorations): 266 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 143mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Remenec
    Feb 13, 2020

    Delicious cupcakes! Vanilla cupcakes are my favorite, and this recipe is definitely a keeper. The cream cheese frosting was delicious.

  • Jennifer
    May 13, 2018

    This was ok. I put the cupcakes in the oven for 17 minutes and my son said it looked and tasted like vanilla corn bread. Not sure why it wasn’t moist. The icing is very good and overall it was an ok recipe, just don’t really think the cost of 2 vanilla beans at $20 for them will as worth it. Next time I’ll buy vanilla cake mix and make the icing.

  • Shannon
    Apr 27, 2017

    These cupcakes are delicious! These cupcakes are easy! I have been trying different vanilla cupcake recipes for years now since it became my daughters favorite. This is by far the best one yet. So easy, my 7 yr old can make it. I just cut the vanilla bean and put it in the oven. Yay! Thanks so much. Oh, and the frosting is great too!

  • meilly2002
    Mar 10, 2013

    This recipe was very easy to make. My family loved the icing so doubled the ingredients for the frosting. Very delicious!!