Vanilla Bean Cupcakes and a Baby Shower!

by aimee @ shugarysweets on August 23, 2012

Vanilla Bean cupcakes, from scratch, that taste AMAZING.

Sometimes I think I have the best job!


 Not only do I get to be a food blogger and create easy, delicious recipes for my online friends, but I occasionally get to bake for people in real life too!


This past year I’ve ventured out into doing dessert catering.

And I love it.

Recently, I was asked to cater a baby shower. One of my close friends was throwing a baby shower with a friend of hers FOR a friend of theirs. 
Wait, hang in there…it gets less confusing, I promise.
Let me just say, the two gals throwing this shower outdid themselves!

 baby shower

 I guess you can tell it was a baby shower for a girl. A sweet baby girl, to be named Kanella (a Greek family name). 


That’s me up top there surrounded by all my treats I made for the shower.

One of the cutest things they did though, in the bottom right corner, is to give each guest a scrapbook page where they write down their wishes for the baby…wishes like, what do you hope the baby learns, loves, respects, looks like, etc… VERY cute idea! Each page then goes into a scrapbook they provided the mom-to-be.

 baby shower

 All the gorgeous flowers came from one of the mother’s gardens. Just beautiful.


I created the burlap banner with Kanella’s name on it. One of the few crafts outside of the kitchen I’m capable of doing! 


(see the burlap table runner I made for Christmas HERE)

 

krista

As a party favor, each guest took home a decorated sugar cookies, with a “K” for Kanella, of course!
 (yep, I made those)

I also made these delicious Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream frosting.

 O.M.G.

The rich vanilla flavor is just over the top delicious. I use vanilla bean paste in this recipe. I LOVE VANILLA BEAN PASTE. Like a lot. I order mine HERE from Beanilla. I also get my vanilla beans from there as well! So worth it. The paste I buy two bottles at a time. 

(PS you can put a drop in your root beer to jazz it up. OMG)

Thanks again Jennifer and Katie for sharing pictures from this special day. Congrats Krista on your baby girl!!!

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Yield: 24-30 cupcakes

Ingredients

    For the Cupcake:
  • 5 egg whites, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla bean paste
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (3 sticks)
  • 4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2-3 Tbsp whole milk

Instructions

  1. For the cake, whisk together the egg whites, vanilla paste and 1/4 cup of the milk in small bowl until slightly combined. Set aside.
  2. In mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar for 2 minutes on medium. Add in dry ingredients and mix until combined. Slowly in a steady stream add in the egg white mixture. Beat in remaining milk.
  3. Fill cupcake liners half full with batter and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes. Remove and cool in pan 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.
  4. For the frosting, beat butter for 5 minutes in mixing bowl until it becomes pale in color. Add sugar, vanilla and milk and beat for an additional 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Add more milk if necessary to get desired consistency.
  5. Fill pastry bag with frosting and pipe onto cooled cupcakes. I used Wilton Tip 32 and sprinkled the cupcakes immediately with white sparkling sugar. ENJOY!
  6. **cupcake recipe adapted from Sweetapolita
http://www.shugarysweets.com/2012/08/vanilla-bean-cupcakes-and-a-baby-shower

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Julie @ Table for Two August 23, 2012 at 1:57 am

awww what a beautiful job you did for this baby shower!! everything looks so delicious and your cupcakes were beautiful!

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Pamela August 23, 2012 at 2:00 am

Wow you did a great job, love those vanilla bean cupcakes I know they were YUMMY!

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust August 23, 2012 at 2:00 am

Such a pretty shower! Those cupcakes are amazing, and all the touches you did with the treats. I want to do dessert catering too – but it’s so nerve-wracking!

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Aimee August 23, 2012 at 10:09 am

Start small! Start with placing orders for cupcakes, cookies, etc….then do it! I prefer to do catering right now with people I know, they are much more patient :)

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wallflourgirl August 23, 2012 at 2:34 am

My peppy Michael Buble swing soundtrack came on just as I was reading about this dainty day–what fun! Amazing job with the catering; you go live the dream, girl!

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Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel August 23, 2012 at 3:29 am

Wow, Aimee! That dessert table looks so professional and beautiful; I love it! Those cookies are beyond adorable and the cupcakes look DELISH. Vanilla beans are definitely one of my favorite ingredients to use!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks August 23, 2012 at 4:20 am

you make THE BEST cupcakes! They are always just stunning! Can you come to Cali and please give me a frosting-application tutorial b/c seriously, yours are always…PERFECT!

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Aimee August 23, 2012 at 10:11 am

Averie, I’ll give ya a call next time I come out that way :) Thanks for the sweet words!

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Krista Schmidt August 23, 2012 at 4:45 am

I couldn’t have dreamed of a better baby shower!!! The food was delicious, the desserts were heavenly, the decor and such attention to detail was remarkable!!! Thank you so much for your hard work and creativity… It took a lot of prayers (an dr’s) to create our little miracle baby and I was given a day that I dreamed of for years. Your desserts were delicious and I’m grateful my friends and family got to enjoy them while we celebrated:)

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Aimee August 23, 2012 at 10:10 am

Krista,
The day Jenn told me you were pregnant was a blessed day! I had been praying for you, and still do! You deserved every special touch those ladies put on for you, and much more!!! It was an absolute delight to be asked to help out!

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Jocelyn August 23, 2012 at 5:13 am

Wowzers! I want to go to a shower you cater any day!!! You make the best and yummiest stuff! Hooray for jumping out in the world of dessert catering. I am slowly trying to get into it too! HHHmmmm…a reason we should live close, I think so:-) We would be awesome partners;-)

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Aimee August 23, 2012 at 10:11 am

We would TOTALLY be awesome partners! Need I remind you there are plenty of houses for sale in my town!

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Tanya-Lemonsforlulu.com August 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

What a lucky mom to be (and the party guests!) What a wonderful party! You outdid yourself!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers August 23, 2012 at 11:49 am

The decorations the food and your cupcakes are just beautiful! I love it! I have to check out all of your recipes!

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Shiloh Barkley August 23, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I will have to order some vanilla bean paste now. Thanks.

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Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray August 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Wow, you outdid yourself!! Everything looks beautiful *and* delicious. :) Those cookies are incredible! I wish you delivered to NYC. :)

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sally @ sallys baking addiction August 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm

AMAZING job Aimee! I would LOVE to cater a babyshower one day. I love all of the recipes you made too. OMG that cherry fudge looks insane. INCREDIBLE! I love it. Great job my dear.. you are an all star. I love those vanilla bean cupcakes too. I prefer vanilla over chocolate ;)

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Sarah Carletti August 23, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Wow! I bet that was the happiest party eva!!! Great job and choices. And your photography is amazing! High fives. Sarah from The Ease of Freeze.

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Valerie Burgess August 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Those Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes are so darling with the little straw! You are very creative and everything looks just beautiful (and delicious)? Happy to be a new follower! (Thanks for checking out my blog as well. It’s always nice when you stop by.)

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Aimee August 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Thanks Valerie!!

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Jenn "Rook No. 17" August 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm

So sweet, lovely, and luscious!

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Jenn August 23, 2012 at 11:46 pm

All of your treats look amazing!

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Joan@chocolateandmore August 24, 2012 at 1:28 am

OK, this is just an overload post! I was loving these vanilla cupcakes, then you had to show me everything else you made! I’ve pinned the 2 fudges and I don’t know if I can wait for you to share those chocolate cupcakes. I feel like the lady in those old K-mart? commercials standing at the door waiting for them to open, open, post, post, post the recipe!

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Stacia Liechty August 25, 2012 at 12:38 am

Yum! I love baby showers anyway, but you’ve made this one extra special. Nice work!
Stacia@ http://feathersandsunshine.blogspot.com

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The Better Baker August 25, 2012 at 3:32 am

What a darling post and delicious recipes! That mama-to-be musta been out of her head thrilled with all the special touches in honor of her baby. The onesie cookies are just adorable – I already pinned that yummy cherry fudge, etc. etc. WOW! Much success to you as you do catering – you certainly have a talent! Thanks so much for linking this post up at Weekend Potluck.

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Kim and Julie (Sunflower Supper Club) August 31, 2012 at 1:41 pm

This all looks just fantastic Aimee! I think I gained 10 pounds looking at the beautiful pictures! I love the idea of the scrapbook pages, what a terrific party. Congrats on being one of the features at the Weekend Potluck. Have a terrific weekend!
~Kim

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The Country Cook August 31, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Aimee – you outdid yourself with that baby shower girlfriend. Almost makes me want to have another baby so you can make sweets for my baby shower! LOL
And those cupcakes are so gorgeous! You are a featured recipe today because we just loved your post so much!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! ~Brandie
http://www.thecountrycook.net/2012/08/weekend-potluck-33.html

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The Country Cook August 31, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Oh, I forgot to mention, please come on over and grab the code for your “I was featured” button (if you’d like). :)

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Elizabeth Hayes March 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I have been looking for a long time for a white cake made from scratch that tastes like a cake mix. Might this be the one??? If I were to use vanilla extract instead of vanilla bean paste, how much should I use?

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aimee @ shugarysweets March 5, 2013 at 6:12 pm

I would use 1Tbsp of extract. You are going to love this recipe! Let me know what u think!,,
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Danielle May 18, 2013 at 6:48 am

Every white cake I’ve tried is too crumbly! Yours looks delish and I’m sure the cake flour is the key! Can I use for a layer cake instead of cupcakes? Will it hold up? Thanks for sharing!

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Jay October 29, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Can you make this as a cake as well? And if so, will it be enough for two pans?

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Odelle Smith November 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Amazing, awesome, astounding, adorable & that’s only the ‘A’s…covered.
This Baby-Shower is a ‘Feast for the eye’s’ & the taste-buds. What a marvelous selection of cakes, bakes & treats, you should be very proud of yourself.
You’ve certainly made this a day to remember for all concerned, it is wonderful, well done!
You’ll get plenty of other orders for your catering talent judging by this splendid array of party food that’s shown here & deserve it too, it all looks so inviting, professional, perfect, you’ve even made the beautiful banner.
Many thanks for sharing this special day, filled with so much beauty, love & dedication.
Much appreciated,
Odelle Smith. (U.K.)

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