Mini Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

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Mini Cream Cheese Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

I interrupt the Ode to Thanksgiving posts to bring you a light little treat I made the other day. And by light I mean airy, not low fat…just to be clear.

This is a recipe that I entered into the Everyday Chef Challenge. It’s basically a cooking contest through Pacific Fine Foods. Basically, you come up with an Appetizer, Main Dish, Dessert and/or Drink using one of their products and upload it on their website.

Simple enough right?

So, I looked through my recipe index and chose one of my favorites: Turkey a la King. I made it last year with leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and it is seriously one of the easiest and tastiest recipes on my site. Do you have a recipe you love that you could submit? There are lots of prizes up for grabs!

Then, because I like to be different, I  came up with these sweet little cupcakes.  I love them! They are cute, sweet, dainty and delicious. My daughter picked out the sprinkles and helped me decorate them too! Love a fun family activity in the kitchen.

Mini Cream Cheese Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream
For the cake, I used coconut oil and cream cheese in place of butter, cracked open a vanilla bean for an extra kick of flavor and then some Organic Almond Vanilla Milk. If you don’t have these ingredients {because I know they aren’t common} just use regular butter in place of the cream cheese and coconut oil, vanilla extract in place of the vanilla bean and regular milk in place of the Almond milk.

Come check out my recipes on the Everyday Chef Challenge website and enter some of your recipes too! See my cupcakes HERE and my Turkey a la King recipe HERE. Feel free to press that little vote button too! 🙂

Oh, and some of my favorite bloggers are judging the contest: Lori {Recipe Girl}, Gaby {What’s Gaby Cooking}, Julie {Mommie Cooks} and Nicole {Pinch my Salt} have the hard job of picking the winners.  I may or may not try to suck up to them in the next few days…

I’ll keep you posted on what happens! In the mean time, care for a cupcake?

Mini Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

These bite-sized Vanilla Bean Cupcakes have an extra kick of flavor and are topped with a delicious vanilla buttercream.
servings 12
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 32 mins

Ingredients

Batter:

  • ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2  cup coconut oil or butter
  • whole eggs at room temperature
  • 1 vanilla bean  sliced and scraped to remove caviar
  • 2 3/4  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4  teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup organic almond vanilla milk

Buttercream Frosting:

  • cup butter at room temperature
  • cups powdered sugar
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • tablespoon Organic Almond Vanilla Milk
  •  sprinkles for garnish, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 60 mini muffin tins with paper liners and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whip cream cheese with coconut oil until smooth. Stir in sugar and whip until well incorporated. Add in eggs, 1 at a time and vanilla bean caviar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again.
  • In a small bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Alternate stirring the dry ingredients and the Almond Vanilla Milk in with the cream cheese mixture. Scrape sides and mix again briefly. Be sure to not over mix.
  • Spoon into prepared pans. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F and bake 12-15 minutes, rotating half way through cooking. Watch them carefully! They don't take long to bake. Remove from oven and cool completely.

Frosting:

  • Mix butter, powdered sugar and vanilla together. Either by hand or with a stand mixer on low, stream in the Organic Almond Vanilla Milk until the butter cream starts to come together and get thick and creamy. Scrape the sides of the bowl and whip again.
  • Frost the cupcakes with a knife or use a large tipped frosting bag and top with sprinkles.
  • Store frosted cupcakes in airtight containers until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 679IU | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

 

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25 Responses
  1. hailey

    These look amazing! I have been trying to learn how to incorporate coconut oil into baking, and this is a definite must-try! thanks 🙂 and good luck in the contest!

  2. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    Mini cupcakes are my favourite kind because I can’t ever finish a whole one … they are just too sweet for me.

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  4. Alyssa

    Love, love, love!! I was actually looking for a recipe just like this with cream cheese, coconut oil, and vanilla bean!! Hit the spot! 🙂

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