Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for my sister's baby shower.  
Of course I added a little pink food coloring 
so they would match up with the pink and green theme. 

To view the entire owl themed shower post click HERE.

(printable recipe)

16 cupcakes:

1 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup full-fat sour cream
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine sugar and seeds from the vanilla bean. **I had to watch video online to see how to remove seeds correctly
  3. Using the back of a spoon, break up any clumps of seeds in sugar and mix through. Set aside.
  4. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add the vanilla bean sugar and mix until well combined.
  6. Add butter and mix on medium speed for three minutes to form a fine crumb texture.
  7. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream, oil, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  8. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.
  9. Slowly add milk and mix on low speed until just combined.  The batter will be liquid. 
  10. Fill cupcake liners just over 1/2 full.
  11. Bake for 14 - 16 minutes and then test to see if they are done. They are done when a toothpick comes out without sticking. 
  12. Let cool completely before frosting.
** I topped them with a Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Source:  The Mandatory Mooch - "mooched" from

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  1. These look great! I've pinned them so I can find them easily. I am going to make them one day! I found you over at Michelle's Tasty Creations. I am your newest follower and I would love for you to check out my blog and follow me back! :)


    1. Thanks, Julie. I love having new followers. I am now following you back on Google Friends and Facebook. Thanks, Nichi

  2. Sounds delish. and they are just too cute. thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks for visiting my blog. Come back for more recipes and ideas. Thanks, Nichi

  3. this looks great. I found it via the It's a Keeper link up. I have linked in a beef dish.
    Have a lovely day.

  4. Yum these look delish! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday Last week. I can't wati to see what you link up this week :) Have a wonderful 4th of July.

    1. Thanks, Michelle. I have linked up some more great recipes this week. Enjoy!! Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch

  5. Featuring YOU today. :) Thanks for sharing at {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @

    1. Thank you so much for the feature, Ginger!! Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch


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