Mini Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

 A simple cupcake recipe with just enough of a vanilla punch with vanilla beans swirled right into the cupcake batter!

Mini Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting - These miniature cupcakes are completely irresistible!

Happy Sunday, everyone! Today, I share with you one of my favorite cupcake recipes ever – mini vanilla bean cupcakes. It’s a simple cupcake recipe with just enough of a vanilla oomph with vanilla beans swirled right into the cupcake batter. Then they get topped off with an oh-so-fluffy vanilla buttercream frosting, which you can keep white as is or use a bit of food coloring for the perfect occasion.

Either way, your guests will definitely be coming back for more. Plus, you should know that the bite-sizedness of these cupcakes is not helpful at all – these babiess are completely addicting!

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Mini Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting - These miniature cupcakes are completely irresistible!

Mini Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

These miniature cupcakes are completely irresistible!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the vanilla buttercream frosting

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened and cut into cubes
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sparkling sugar, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 12-cup mini muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together sour cream, milk and egg whites.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter, sugar and vanilla bean seeds on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in vanilla until well combined. With mixer on low speed, add dry ingredients and sour cream mixture alternately in 3 parts, beginning and ending with dry ingredients, beating just until incorporated.
  5. Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin tray. Place into oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a tester inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
  6. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and confectioners’ sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, approximately 1-2 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add heavy cream, vanilla and salt, beating just until incorporated. Increase speed to medium high and beat until frosting is light and fluffy, approximately 1-2 minutes.
  7. Use a small offset spatula or a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip to frost cupcakes, garnished with sparkling sugar, if desired.

Adapted from Good Life Eats and Bakerita.