Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

We have a fantastic Friday treat for you here at British Bakeware thanks to our good friend Sammie from Feasting Is Fun!

If you haven’t already seen Sammie’s blog, you take a look at this recipe along with all of her other fantastic bakes via the link below this recipe! These Vanilla Bean Cupcakes look fantastic and are utterly delicious, a perfect way to treat yourself after a long week! This recipe is directly from Sammie and she has very kindly let us share it with you! Made in our 12 cup bun tray, these Vanilla Bean Cupcakes are very easy to make. A fantastic tip that Sammie shares in the recipe is to use the 3 tbsp of boiling water for the buttercream frosting. The reason for this is to stop the frosting forming a hard crust on top, a great tip there! To top off these wonderful cupcakes, the edible pearls on top will bring a sparkle to your kitchen! So why not try these cupcakes by Sammie at home this Friday or over the weekend, they are the perfect thing to bake with children or for as a treat to go with your Saturday afternoon cup of tea!



For the Vanilla Cupcakes

  • 150g of plain flour
  • 150g of unsalted butter
  • 125g of caster sugar
  • 3 large free range eggs
  • 1/4 of a tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla bean paste
  • 1 and a half tsp of baking powder
  • 25ml of whole milk
  • 12 cupcake cases

For the Buttercream

  • 3 tbsp of boiling water
  • 400g of sieved icing sugar
  • 200g of unsalted butter
  • 1/8 of a tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Edible sprinkles for decoration (optional)


Step 1- Preheat your oven to 175 degrees celcius/160 degrees celcius in a fan oven. Take a large mixing bowl and add the 150 of unsalted butter and the 125g of caster sugar.

Step 2-Whisk together the sugar and butter until it turns a creamy colour. Once you are happy with it, add in the 3 eggs, tsp of vanilla bean paste and the ¼ tsp of salt. Mix together until all ingredients are well combined.

Step 3-Sift in the 150 of plain flour and the 1 and a half tsp of baking powder. Fold everything in the mixing bowl together to ensure it is well combined. This helps out with the texture of the cupcakes, making sure they are deliciously light and fluffy in the centre.

Step 4- Place each of your 12 cupcake cases in to our 12 cup bun tray before filling each cupcake case about half way with some of the mixture.

Step 5- Once you have done this, place the 12 cup bun tray in to the centre of your pre-heated oven for around 20 to 25 minutes. You will know the cupcakes are ready when they have turned a delicious golden brown colour and are springy when you touch them in the centre. Remove them from the oven, allow them to cool for a few minutes before removing them from the 12 cup bun tray and placing on a cooling rack.

Step 6-Now you can start the buttercream frosting for these delicious Vanilla Beam Cupcakes! In to another mixing bowl, add the 200g of unsalted butter, the 400g of icing sugar, the 3 tbsp of boiling water, the 1/8 tsp of salt and vanilla extract.

Step 7-Using a mixer, start combining the ingredients on a low speed before increasing. Continue mixing for 10 minutes or so for the perfect buttercream. If you are doing this by hand, just mix together slowly again increasing speed until the frosting is stickier in appearance.

Step 8-Now take a large piping bag and fill it with the finished buttercream. Ensure you use a circular motion when piping the buttercream on to the cupcakes, creating a swirl effect as you go along. If you are using edible pearls or decorations, these will add a certain sparkle to these already beautiful looking cupcakes!

Step 9-That’s it, you can now enjoy these delicious Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with a nice afternoon cup of tea. Enjoy!

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