Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

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I have been on the quest for a really good Vanilla Cupcake. I recently heard about the “Quest For the Best Vanilla Cupcake” over on Cupcake Project not to long ago (the quest is long over) and I decided to make her Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake.

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The recipe called for an entire vanilla bean to be scraped into a cup of sugar and then left alone for about 30 min. for the sugar to become infused with the vanilla flavor. This was one of the only difference that I noticed from any other vanilla cupcake recipe I have used and it showed promise. Once out of the oven the cupcake looked beautiful. It had  a nice domed top and you could see the specks of vanilla from the bean.

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How did it taste? It was very moist and tender. It was also most definitely vanilla. But, it was lacking a little “pizzaz”. It was nothing special, and I want something special if I am going to eat a cupcake – since I much prefer a cookie! And if I am going to use a whole vanilla bean (not cheap out here) I want the end result to be something more. It was good, very tasty, but not great – if you know what I mean!

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I made these for a fall get together at church. I topped them with Vanilla Buttercream and  then decorated with fall sprinkles. Simple. Nice. Yummy!

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