Everyone loves cupcakes! This is the only vanilla cupcake recipe you will need. They are super easy to make and the texture is light, fluffy, and melt-in-your-mouth good.

French Vanilla Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting l by Fit, Fun & Delish!

My niece’s 9th birthday is today (May 13th) and to celebrate it, my sister had a little get together for her this past Friday. Since I’m always looking for excuses opportunities to bake something yummy, I quickly volunteered to make her cupcakes. I think all parties should include some kind of cupcakes don’t you? I’m biased since we didn’t have a wedding cake…. we had cupcakes! There is something about cupcakes that make people giddy. It must be that most of us are still kids at heart. At least I know I am 😀

I won’t deny that I’m itching to make a beautiful cake! I need to learn the skills of decorating with frosting though since that’s still my weakness as you can see by these cupcakes. My frosting skills need a “little” work 😉

French Vanilla Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting l by Fit, Fun & Delish!

Thanks to Pinterest I was able to find these delicious recipes. When I saw the cupcakes from Dine & Dish, I won’t deny that the first thing that attracted me to them is how pretty they were. Good photography has a way of bringing out the deliciousness in food don’t you think? I’m so glad I pinned it since it inspired me to make these awesome cupcakes and now they’re a keeper for sure! The recipes came from these blogs:

French Vanilla Cupcakes from Restless Chipotle  and Cookie Dough Frosting from Tidy Mom

French Vanilla Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting l by Fit, Fun & Delish!

I hope you like this recipe! Share it, or leave a rating and comment below. For questions that need an answer right away, please contact  me and I’ll get back to you asap. Gracias!!!! xx, Ana

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French Vanilla Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting

Servings 24
Ana Frias
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Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • For the cupcakes:
  • 1 cup of buttermilk room temperature
  • 1 1- inch vanilla bean pod
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 cus of vanilla sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • For the frosting:
  • 12 oz 3 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar packed
  • cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • tsp. vanilla extract


  • Cupcakes
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line 2 (1/2 cup-12 capacity) muffin tins with cupcake papers.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the buttermilk until it just simmers.
  • Remove from heat and add the vanilla pod. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, blend the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, on the high speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add the eggs and egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Cut the vanilla bean open and scrape out the seeds into the buttermilk. HERE is a video with instructions on how to open the vanilla pod
  • Add the vanilla to the buttermilk and mix well with a whisk.
  • Add the flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with the buttermilk. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not over beat.
  • Using an ice cream scoop or a spoon add the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
  • Cookie Dough Frosting
  • In a bowl, using the paddle attachment on high speed, beat the butter and brown sugar until smooth and fluffy.
  • Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until smooth.
  • Add the salt and half of the flour and beat until combined. Add the other half of the flour and beat until combined.
  • Mix in the milk and vanilla extract until smooth and combined.

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Happy Birthday Katelyn! You hold a very special place in my heart. Love ya!!

French Vanilla Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting l by Fit, Fun & Delish!

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    1. Hi Kristen! Thanks so much! This reminds me that I need to make these again 🙂 Have a great day!

    1. Awe thanks Averie! Mine are all gone so I have to make them again pretty soon 😉 Have a great weekend!

  1. These look to-die-for! The French vanilla and cookie dough combination is unbeatable.

  2. Gorgeous cupcakes! I think cookie dough frosting is probably one of my favorite things ever. I bet it tastes wonderful with French vanilla cupcakes! 🙂

    1. Hi Beth! Yes they are! I think this frosting is my favorite at the moment. Thanks for your comment!