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Vanilla bean cupcakes filled with rich chocolate cream filling and topped with vanilla bean frosting are hard to resist!
Heat the oven to 350 F and line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until well blended.
In a small bowl cream together the butter and sugar until well combined and lighter in color. Add the eggs and vanilla, whisk until completely incorporated into the butter mixture. Whisk in the buttermilk.
Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and whisk until just combined and no large lumps remain. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until the cakes spring back when pressed gently in the center.
Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for five minutes then carefully transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the filling and whisk until completely mixed. Place the filling into a pastry bag fitted with a medium-sized star tip.
Once the cakes are cooled completely, take a small paring knife and poke it into the center of the cupcake in a cross pattern about 1 inch deep. Take the pastry bag and place the tip into the cross and pipe in about one tablespoon of filling, or until the filling just starts to come out of the hole. Clean off the tops of the cupcakes before frosting.
To make the frosting, in a medium bowl, combine the butter and vanilla bean paste. Add the powdered sugar and 3/4 of the milk. Whisk to combine. If the frosting seems stiff, add the remaining milk. Frost the cupcakes as desired.
These cupcakes are all about decoration. My favorites are the monster cupcakes. They are colorful, fun and so easy to achieve the cuteness. No piping skills required. I guarantee you. You can go as crazy as you want. After all they are monsters.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!