Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 egg, at room temperature
1 vanilla bean, cut length-wise
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt


In a small saucepan, heat the milk and vanilla bean together until the milk just boils. Remove from heat and let cool for about 1 hour. Then remove the vanilla bean. Scrape out the seeds from the vanilla bean and add them to the milk. Discard the remaining bean pod. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350. In a medium bowl, whisk together the salt, flour and baking powder. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat well. Alternately add the flour and milk mixture until well combined. Divide batter into about 20 lined or greased cupcake wells. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the middle cupcake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack and then ice.

My thoughts:
Today is my (27th!) birthday and my sweet husband made me these vanilla bean cupcakes. They are so bursting with vanilla flavor it is hard to even put into words their incredible vanilla-ness. He frosted them with pink cream cheese icing.


  1. Andrew McAllister

    Why do I always seem to come across yummy food posts when I’m overdue for a meal and starving? :o) They look delish!

    To Love, Honor and Dismay

  2. They’re very very cute, and that pink icing looks totally lickable!

  3. Happy birthday!!

    Your husband’s pink-frosted cupcakes look adorable and delicious. What a great way to celebrate.

  4. happy birthday rachel!! those cupcakes look amazing and the fact that they were made for you by your husband makes them extra awesome.

  5. Happy 27th Birthday!!

    What a sweet husband to make cupcakes (and the vegan ones look awesome, too!)

  6. Happy Birthday Rachel!!!

    Hope you had a fantastic one. This vanilla bean cupcakes sure spells out d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s and g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s!!! How lovely of your hubby to make them for you.

    I would love to try this some time 🙂

  7. happy birthday!

    Pink is my favorite color – so I wholeheartedly approve of the cupcakes! Best wishes for your special day!

  8. Rachel,
    Happy 27th! Cute, cute cupcakes, and the vanilla bean flavoring sounds delicious. What a sweet husband you must have! We should’ve gotten together and had a cupcake party!

    FYI, I’m grilling corn tonight and hope to have some leftover to make your yummy fritters this weekend.

  9. Yum yum!

    Happy Birthday to you!

  10. I love how beautiful the vanilla bean cupcakes look pre-icing, but now I’m dying to try strawberry-cream cheese frosting. I love cream cheese frosting!

  11. Beautiful and Delicious-looking! Can’t wait to give them a go.

    Love the title of the blog – I’m all about coconut! -Joi

  12. I just made these cupcakes last night, they are wonderful!!

  13. Melissa Houlroyd

    I just made these cupcakes and a variation on your icing (I used mascarpone instead of cream cheese), and it turned out absolutely fabulous! Thank you!