Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

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recipe by Leanne @ Drop

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    Total Time
    1hr 10mins
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There is no dearth of cupcake recipes on the internet. This is my staple. I've never made these straight-up – I always switch something around depending on my pursuit: seasonality, event theme, garden bounty, birthday girl's favorite fruit, etc. But no matter how mad of a scientist you consider yourself to be in the kitchen (I think I'm bordering on Alton Brown level myself), you still need a baseline. I believe in Sally's ingredient ratios and methodologies. This is a good, thoroughly tested cupcake recipe that will stand up to some flavor hijnks. I had a little extra batter this time, so I made some minis! They were stupidly cute and small (but u gotta reduce baking time by half).

recipe updated Jun 7, 2019


  • All purpose flour icon
    All purpose flour
  • Baking powder icon
    Baking powder
  • Baking soda icon
    Baking soda
  • Salt icon
  • Unsalted butter icon
    Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar icon
    Granulated sugar
  • Egg white icon
    Egg white
  • Greek yogurt icon
    Greek yogurt
  • Milk icon
  • Vanilla extract icon
    Vanilla extract
  • Vanilla bean seeds icon
    Vanilla bean seeds
  • Unsalted butter icon
    Unsalted butter
  • Powdered sugar icon
    Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla bean seeds icon
    Vanilla bean seeds
    as needed
  • Heavy cream icon
    Heavy cream
  • Salt icon
  • Raspberry jam icon
    Raspberry jam
    as needed


  • kCook icon Whisk
  • kCook icon Microwave
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl
  • kCook icon Large glass bowl
  • kCook icon Cupcake pan - 12 cup

Step preview

  1. Prep and set aside vanilla bean seeds: scraped
  2. Prep and set aside unsalted butter: cold
  3. Prep and set aside vanilla bean seeds: scraped
  4. Pre-heat - 175°C
  5. Prepare a clean cupcake pan then set aside
  6. Get a clean large mixing bowl
  7. Add all purpose flour
  8. Add baking powder
  9. Add baking soda
  10. Add salt
  11. Whisk briefly until combined then set aside
  12. Get a clean large glass bowl
  13. Add unsalted butter
  14. Melt in microwave
  15. Add granulated sugar
  16. Whisk well
  17. Add egg white
  18. Add greek yogurt
  19. Add milk
  20. Add vanilla extract
  21. Add prepared vanilla bean seeds
  22. Whisk well until combined
  23. Transfer dry ingredients to batter gradually while mixing
  24. Spoon batter into cupcake pan
  25. Bake until skewer tests clean - 22 min, 175°C
  26. Let cool completely
  27. Get a clean medium bowl
  28. Add prepared unsalted butter
  29. Beat until light and fluffy - approx 3 min
  30. Add powdered sugar
  31. Add vanilla extract
  32. Add prepared vanilla bean seeds
  33. Add heavy cream
  34. Add salt to taste
  35. Whip until combined then scrape bowl - 1 min
  36. Whip until smooth - 1 min 30 sec
  37. Decorate cupcakes with piping bag
  38. Top with raspberry jam
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