A friend at worked had proposed to his long time girlfriend which was the perfect opportunity for me to make celebratory cupcakes. I wanted to make a very special batch. He said his favorite flavor was vanilla, so I new I wanted to make cupcakes with real vanilla bean. I found this recipe and it seemed rather delicious.
This is the mess that I made while making them.
This recipe called for real vanilla bean seeds. Luckily I had some on hand. This was my first time cutting and scraping seeds from a vanilla bean. It’s a little messy, but easier than it seems. Each bean holds zillions of little seeds, which don’t taste very good on their own.
My fluffy butter cream.
I made 12 cupcakes, and only used half of the butter cream that the recipe made.
The recipe did not call for it, but I added fresh lemon zest to the top of each cupcake. It gave them a very light refreshing lemon flavor. It also made them look a bit fancy.
The came out moist and full of flavor. The butter cream was the perfect flavor. Everyone at worked loved them. They were gone before the day was over. These cupcakes were by far the best that I have ever made. I might even make them for my daughters birthday, if I can find enough time.