Vanilla Bean Cupcakes and a Baby Shower!


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! 


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.

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 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!!!

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes


For the Cupcakes:

  • 5 egg whites, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used fat free)
  • 1 Tbsp Rodelle 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
  • 4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp Rodelle Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk
  • 48 candy eyes


  1. For the cake, whisk together the egg whites, vanilla bean paste and 1/4 cup milk in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar for 2 minutes. Add in dry ingredients and mix until combined. Slowly add in egg mixture, beating until fully incorporated. Beat in the remaining 1/2 cup milk. Turn mixer on high and beat for 2 minutes.
  3. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake in a 350 degree oven for 17-18 minutes, until set (will begin to lightly brown on edges). Remove and cool completely before frosting.
  4. For the frosting, beat butter for 5 minutes until pale in color. Add sugar, vanilla bean paste and milk. Beat an additional 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  5. Pipe onto cupcakes by filling pastry bag and using tip 48, pipe "stripes" onto top of cupcakes. Add candy eyes. ENJOY!

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About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on August 23, 2012

Comments & Reviews

  1. 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.)

  2. 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!

  3. 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?

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

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.)

  10. 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.

  11. 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 😉

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

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

  14. 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;-)

  15. 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:)

    1. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

    1. 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 🙂

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

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