Vanilla Bean Cupcake Soiree and a Giveaway!

Posted on May 21, 2013 in Blog, Cupcakes, Giveaway, Recipes | 66 comments

Vanilla Bean Cupcake Soiree and Cupcake Couture Blog Party Giveaway!

Welcome to my vanilla bean cupcake soiree.  There is just something about a delicious vanilla bean cupcake.  It is a simple dessert. Not too heavy and not overly sweet. I thought it would make the perfect cupcake for a party set in Paris. Pack your bags and come with me for the Bella Cupcake Couture’s Blog Hop Party! Twenty one bloggers  have banded together to share a delicious cupcake recipe along with how to dress up your cupcakes in style using Bella Cupcake Couture’s awesome cupcake wrappers.

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I was so excited when my cupcake wrappers arrived in the mail. Now it was time to create a party around black and white stripes. All around the web you see Parisian themed parties popping up left and right. I want to show you an inexpensive way to create Paris themed party without going bankrupt.

First, we will need to make some royal icing transfers.  I learned how to make royal icing transfer from a great blog post by Jennifer, over at Not Your Momma’s Cookie. {Tutorial Link} No need to re-invent the wheel. I Head over to her blog for step-by-step instructions.  I found a picture of a Fleur-de-lis and the Eiffel Tower. I copy and pasted them to make a nice worksheet. Print out the worksheet and place in a page protector that has been cleaned. Pipe your royal icing directly on to the sheet and allow it to dry. Once they are dry you can slide them off the page projector and place on the cupcakes. They great thing about royal icing transfers is that they can be made ahead of time and stored in a sealed container.

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Vanilla Bean Cupcake Recipe

  • 1 1/4 Cup Unbleached Flour
  • 1 1/2  Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Fine Sugar {C&H Sugar Organic}
  • 6 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 large egg and 1 egg white (at room temperature)
  • 2 Teaspoons of  Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 1/2 Cup whole milk {at room temperature}

Yields: 12 Standard Cupcakes


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. In separate bowl beat sugars and butter on medium till light and fluffy. Approximately 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla, beat till combined. Add flour mixture in 3 additions alternating with buttermilk. Don’t over beat. Scrape down the side of the bowl and the bottom area. Beat on high speed for 30 seconds. This helps the batter develop.

Use an ice cream scoop to divide the batter evenly among the baking cups. Fill approximately 3/4ths full. Bake for 20-24 minutes or till the toothpick comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool in the pan for 5 minutes then release from the pan and transfer to a baking rack.

Adapted from Cupcakes by Shelly Kaldunski

Classic Vanilla Buttercream

  • 4 oz. Unsalted Softened Butter (about 20 minutes out of the refrigerator)
  • 3 tbsps. organic shortening
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Half and Half + 1 Teas.
  • 2 Teas. Pure Vanilla Bean Paste


In a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter & salt for about 2 minutes and then add half of the powdered sugar and the half and half to the butter and beat again until combined. Scrape down the bowl.  Add the rest of the powdered sugar, the vanilla,  and beat until combined.  Scrape down the bowl again.  Beat on high speed for 5-6 minutes or until the frosting is fluffy.  Place in a pastry bag with a 1M tip. Pipe a classic swirl and top with nonpareils.

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One of the challenges we were given was to use things we already owned to create our party theme.  My table set up was simple. I decided to use our hutch since it has that “Parisian” vintage feel. I took my china and cups and stacked them like I imagine you would see in a french cafe.  I turned milk bottles upside down for the cupcakes in the back.   I decided to use espresso beans and sugar cubes as accents around the cupcakes.

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Contest opens 21May13 at 0700 PST and closes 27May13 at 2359 PST. One winner will be chosen and announced within 24 hours of the contest ending. Winner will be contacted via email to claim their prize.

This contest is open to residents of the USA and Europe only.



Join the conversation and post a comment.

  1. Jocelyn

    These cupcakes turned out beautifully!! So glad I got to participate with such talented people!

  2. Annie

    I hope I win!

  3. Annie

    I love the red and white striped!

  4. Natasha

    I love the citrus damask wrappers!

  5. Michelle C.

    I’m loving the Hannah wrappers which are red and blue…my favorite colors! Thank you for this opportunity!! :)

  6. Susan

    Thank you for sponsoring such a great giveaway!

  7. Tiffiny

    I love the red and white stripe wrappers! :)

  8. Jenn

    Love all the amazing wrappers and so glad to have found some great new food blogs now.

  9. Sharon

    I love the black and white stripes. So classy.

  10. Sibylle

    OMG, so many to choose from. I love the blue ones with the bird and cherry blossoms. And the ones with the pink and white stripes.

  11. Crystal

    I love the pink and white striped cupcake wrappers!!!

  12. Teresa

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  13. lucia esteban

    i was in paris recently, and i totally fell in love with your cupcakes they are so classy and pretty, congratulations. :)

  14. Amanda

    OH I’D SO LOVE THIS! I could use them ALL!

  15. Kim Hays Jeffrey

    So hard to decide on a favorite, but I love the damask the stripes!

  16. Linda

    Those Vanilla Bean cupcakes are stunning and the recipe sounds delicious!

  17. Stephanie Midkiff

    These vanilla bean cupcakes sound divine and I think they would be perfect in Meisha cupcake wrappers. Those are just too cute. My favorite.

  18. Jessica R

    I love the Lu Lu Damask!

  19. Tammy Patterson

    I love the black and white striped wrappers!

  20. Sara

    So many to choose from! I love the color combinations in the Hannah wrappers, so pretty!

  21. Sugar Daze/Cat

    Hey Melissa,

    Just discovered your blog via the Cupcake Couture Blog Party – and wow so glad I did! I love your Parisian themed party and your DIY fleur de lys are gorgeous. It makes me want to go out and make some right now! Seriously! Great job and beautiful photos!

  22. Carrie of Bella Cupcake Couture

    Pièce de résistance! The black and white striped cupcake wrappers look fabulous on your cupcakes. So neat how you used espresso beans and sugar cubes for the Parisian display. Really adds to it.

    Thank you for participating in our Cupcake Couture blog party. It’s so fun to see your creativity!
    Carrie of Bella Cupcake Couture recently posted…Cupcake Couture Wrappers Blog Party with Blueberry Lemon CupcakesMy Profile

  23. Michelle | Creative Food

    Vanilla Bean Cupcakes are my favorite! They look gorgeous and delicious! :)

  24. Londra Fleming

    What great imagination with your personal dishes!

  25. michelle from sugarswings

    what a fun set up! love them!!!
    michelle from sugarswings recently posted…Wonder Woman Cupcakes for the Cupcake Couture Blog Party!My Profile

  26. fonnita gumulia

    From Bella Cupcakes i like Cupcake wrappers – Dorothy- Polkadots :)

  27. the baking cup - carolina

    your paris theme is so cute! very pretty :)
    the baking cup – carolina recently posted…cupcake couture blog party giveaway and chocolate cupcakes!My Profile

  28. nessa

    I love the Dorothy polka dots!

  29. hani@haniela's

    These are super chic cupcakes, classic beauty, love the Paris themed toppers and let’s not forget they sounds scrumptious.

  30. maria

    I love the Meisha Cherry Blossom wrappers! I’m a sucker for anything birdy.

  31. Kelly

    I love those wrappers. Your display looks very chic!
    Kelly recently posted…Vanilla Bean Latte Cupcakes {Cupcake Couture Blog Party}My Profile

  32. Venetrise

    I love the Damask wrappers!

  33. Norma

    I love the cherry blossom holders the best, but there are so many patterns and colors to choose from that it’s really hard to choose! This is a wonderful giveaway. Thanks for offering it.

  34. Isa

    Wow! These cupcakes llok so yummy! I must try this recipe! :-)

  35. Cinthia morales

    My favorite is Lu Lu Damask Black and White

  36. Vickie

    Love your site and would LOVE to win! :)

  37. Erin Blodgett

    I <3 the cherry blossom cupcake wrappers, I can find a lot of use for those!

  38. Andrea Worley (@andreaworley)

    love these black and white stripe cups. they are almost to pretty to eat, truly little works of art! great job Melissa!

  39. Catherine

    Love the cupcake/buttercream recipe. I’m about to make 90 cupcakes tonight for my FIRST order. Would love to win the prize pack, so much fun and awesome goodies!

  40. Alexandria Reibel

    Loved the royal icing transfer idea….have several parties to plan this summer and that tip is going to come in handy! Thanks!

  41. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I think vanilla is the best flavor ever. I love these cupcakes!
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted…Triple Coconut Cupcakes {cupcake couture blog party}My Profile

  42. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

    Vanilla Bean is such a fabulous flavor for cupcakes. So often I feel like we are coming up with any flavor but vanilla. But vanilla on its own is so simple and wonderful!
    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen recently posted…Truffle Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie CupsMy Profile

  43. Michelelynne

    I went through all the cupcake wrappers and ended up back at the beginning with the Hannah ones! Love the brown and blue ones and the orange and pink ones!

  44. Betsy @JavaCupcake

    I love the Paris theme! We’re going to Paris next year! I can’t wait!

    Thanks again for being involved in the Blog Party!! :) xoxo
    Betsy @JavaCupcake recently posted…Cupcake Couture Blog Party:Strawberry Camo CupcakesMy Profile

  45. Janine |

    I’m lovin those pink camouflage wrappers!
    Janine | recently posted…Strawberry Banana Cake Pops | An Easy Cake Pop RecipeMy Profile

  46. Mike @ Semi Sweet

    Awesome giveaway, Melissa! I love your Parisian styling of these vanilla bean cupcakes!! Looking over the Bella Cupcake Couture site, I think I’m loving the cherry blossom wrapper. :)
    Mike @ Semi Sweet recently posted…Mother’s Day Baking Themed CookiesMy Profile

  47. Hayley S

    Cupcake recipe and a giveaway?! Done and done!

  48. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen

    I love the toppers you made! Cute!
    Katrina @ In Katrina’s Kitchen recently posted…Dotty Cupcakes | Cupcake Couture Blog PartyMy Profile

  49. Lora

    Those beautiful and clever royal icing transfers are wonderful. So pretty!

  50. Kesha

    I love the pink and white stripe cupcake holders

  51. CobyG

    Such a great prize pack! I’d love to win!


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