Thursday, November 10, 2011

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes Recipe


Every November 10th is National Vanilla Cupcake Day and in honor of this holiday I've picked this Vanilla Bean Cupcake recipe to pass on to everyone. I love how the vanilla bean speckles the cake and the icing. Last year I saw this recipe used for a black tie event. The paper cups were in black, and the white icing with black specks made it look so rich. :) It's amazing how just by changing the color of the paper can change it's looks completely.

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes Recipe
Originally uploaded by Betty Crocker Recipes
Cupcakes:
2 vanilla beans, each cut in half lengthwise
1 1/2 cups milk
2 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs

Frosting:
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Reserved 1/4 cup milk-vanilla seed mixture

DIRECTIONS:

1. Scrape vanilla bean seeds into microwavable bowl; add beans to bowl, cover beans with 3/4 cup milk. Microwave on High 1 minute or until mixture boils. Let stand 15 minutes. Remove beans. Add remaining milk to warm milk mixture, stir well. Reserve 1/4 cup milk mixture.

2. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. In large bowl, beat 3/4 cup butter with electric mixer on medium speed 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, beating after each addition. Beat 2 minutes longer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat 2 minutes longer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. On low speed, alternately add flour mixture and milk mixture, beating just until blended. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake 17 to 22 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Remove to cooling racks. Cool completely. in large bowl beat frosting ingredients on low speed until blended, adding 1 tablespoon reserved milk mixture at time. Frost cupcakes.
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