Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting
3/4 cup all-purpose flour*
3/4 cup cake flour*
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
Seeds of 1 vanilla bean
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
Sift all-purpose flour and cake flour into a medium mixing bowl. Add baking powder and salt and whisk 20 seconds, set aside.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment that constantly scrapes bowl, cream together butter, granulated sugar and seeds of 1 vanilla bean until mixture is pale and fluffy. Mix in egg, then mix in egg whites one at a time. Blend in vanilla extract.
With mixer set on low speed add flour in three additions alternating with 1/2 of the milk in two addditions.
Remove bowl from stand mixer and scrape bowl and gently fold batter with a spatula to ensure everything is evenly combined. Divide batter among paper lined muffin cups filling each cup 2/3 full.
Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 17 - 20 minutes.
Remove from oven, transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool . Once cool frost with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting. Store cupcakes in an airtight container.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer cream together butter and seeds of one vanilla bean until butter is fluffy. Add in powdered sugar, cream and vanilla and whip until frosting is light and fluffy***.