Moist and tender with vanilla bean flecks, these Golden Vanilla Bean Cupcakes are a great “go-to” cupcake. Use the frosting of your choice–these taste excellent with host of different frostings and toppings.
Soooooo…for those of you who were privy to my faux pas with accidentally hitting the “publish” button on a Vanilla Bean Cupcake recipe before I actually had the post ready to publish, here is the recipe and some fun pics. But first, I’m going to wish you a Happy New Year.
I also hope that you all had a Happy Christmas, if you celebrate Christmas. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, then I hope you had a very nice day on December 25th. It was a good one at my house—crazy busy and very fun. I even did a last minute imitation of Santa Clause by sticking cotton balls to my face to make a beard and donned a red shirt. I then hauled presents and stocking stuffers down the stairs in a couple of large bags, calling out the traditional Santa greeting of “Ho, ho, ho!!!! Merry Christmas!”
The family got quite lively as I tossed out presents and candy. There was some serious battling over the Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cups and KitKats®—it was hilarious watching my adult children revert to 20 year younger versions of themselves and my grandsons throwing themselves right into the middle of the fray as well. Note to self: buy more peanut butter cups and KitKats® next year.
The baby (20 months) kept giving me kisses with his sticky little mouth. Fuzz from my cotton ball beard would get stuck to his face and mouth. We laughed and laughed watching his reaction while he attempted to pick at and spit out the fuzzy mess. His parents turned back into adults as they came to his rescue, but vacillated between being parents and the adult versions of their childhood selves as they intermittently battled for candy.
These are the cupcakes to which I alluded in that special post that only ever half existed a few days ago. The recipe is a great go-to cupcake recipe that I adapted somewhat from Sweetopia. I chose to decorate these with a New Year’s theme–gold, silver, white and black. There are so many types of embellishments available now to make dressing up cakes, cupcakes and cookies really fun. I especially loved the tiny edible stars in silver and gold. Those will be great for the Fourth of July as well!
These cupcakes are tender and moist, yet sturdy enough to stand up to frosting. Adding the vanilla bean caviar (vanilla bean seeds) to the batter give the finished cupcake an added dimension. I love to see the little dark flecks of vanilla throughout the cupcake when I bite into it. They send an almost subliminal promise of extra vanilla flavor. Remember, we eat with our eyes first. If a vanilla bean is not available or financially possible, add an additional 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the batter. See this Vanilla Everything post for links and information about vanilla beans.
Be sure to save the vanilla pod halves. They can be added to a canister of white sugar or to an existing bottle of vanilla extract. The sugar takes on a soft vanilla essence and the flavor of vanilla in the extract intensifies. It’s a vanilla bean slam dunk!
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