VANILLA BEAN CUPCAKES

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30 min Prep
1 hr 20 min Total
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24 Servings

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Treat your guests with these tasty vanilla bean cupcakes - a perfect baked dessert.


Ingredient List
    Cupcakes
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 vanilla beans, each cut in half lengthwise
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 1/2 cups milk
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • Small check mark in a circle icon3 teaspoons baking powder
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Small check mark in a circle icon3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 cup granulated sugar
  • Small check mark in a circle icon4 eggs
    Frosting
  • Small check mark in a circle icon4 cups powdered sugar
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Small check mark in a circle icon Reserved 1/4 cup milk-vanilla seed mixture
Preparation
  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.
Tips
  • To remove seeds from a vanilla bean, cut the bean in half lengthwise. Run the blade of a knife across the inside of the bean, gathering seeds on the edge of the knife.
  • Place frosting in large resealable freezer bag. Cut off one bottom corner to create about a 1-inch opening. Pipe frosting in a circular motion over cupcakes for an extra-special finish.
  • This vanilla-bean frosting would be wonderful on chocolate cake as well.
  • Serve these cupcakes with a cup of coffee or a latte.