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French Vanilla Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting

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


  • 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.