Vanilla Bean & Yogurt

Soft moist deliciousness.  That’s what I can say about these cupcakes.  I had my first Vanilla Bean cupcake when I lived in Seattle {can’t remember the name of the bakery it was like a decade ago} but it was a little piece of heaven.

I love Vanilla cupcakes because it’s such a great base to amazing possibilities.  I have been wanting that cupcake so badly and haven’t found one like it yet. Since I picked up some Vanilla Beans a little bit ago from Williams Sonoma and it’s almost 110 outside {yes it’s literally baking here in Vegas} I thought it would be a good day to try some Vanilla Bean cupcakes.

You can find this recipe almost anywhere but of course this recipe will be adapted to me and my family.  Just so you know, you can find the entire Vanilla Family at Williams Sonoma.  They even have the beans show to the right.  Let’s dig in.

I will tell you two things.  One~how to make these fabulous goodies from scratch because they will be worth the time.  and Two~how to make them in a pinch and still have that dense sweet and moist taste {without breaking the bank}

Scratch Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

  • 1-1/2 Stick of Unsalted butter {softened & cool}
  • 2-Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 6 Large egg Whites
  • 1-1/2 Cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup of Milk {only whole}
  • 2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 Vanilla Beans {Take seeds out & discard the rest}

Click Here for Instructions.

In-A Pinch Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

There’s nothing better than from scratch.  However sometimes it’s just not always possible.  If that’s the case and you have a Fresh & Easy near by {on the west Coast only} you might be interested in their recipe.
Vanilla Bean Cupcakes by Fresh & Easy

It’s super Easy and all you need are Eggs, Milk & Butter.  Of course the mix too.  I haven been wanting to try this for a while and I wasn’t at all disappointed.  There Vanilla Been Seeds in the mix are so fresh smelling and it looks just like my scratch mix.

You need to make sure you don’t over mix it.  It will be slightly grainy and that’s ok.   Your house will smell so yummy!

Now for the topping.  This again, is why I love Vanilla.  You can put anything with it.  Since my hubby and I are trying to eat better {don’t you just love that-does he know I have a cupcake blog?}  I thought I would try a variety of things.


Yogurt {strawberry is my favorite} but Peach will work too VanillaBean w/Strawberry Yogurt
Simple whipped cream with nuts
The options are endless….I’ve even been known to dig the top of the cupcake Vanilla Bean IceCream and VanillaBean w/IceCream & Coffee Grinds

Top that with coffee Grinds.  YUMMO!!

What’s your favorite way to eat a Vanilla or Vanilla Bean cupcake?