Yield: 24 cupcakes

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

These Vanilla Bean Cupcakes are made from scratch with the perfect decoration: MUMMY faces. Take a simple dessert and make it spooky with this easy recipe!


For the Cupcakes:

  • 5 large egg whites, room temperature
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Bean Paste
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ cups cake flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

For the frosting:

  • 1 ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 48 candy eyes


  1. For the cake, whisk together the egg whites, vanilla bean paste and ¼ 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 ½ cup milk. Turn mixer on high and beat for 2 minutes.
  3. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ 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!


  • Storing: Keep your cooled and frosted cupcakes covered at room temperature. They taste best if eaten within 2 - 3 days.
  • Be sure to beat the batter for 2 or 3 minutes in your stand mixer before baking. This gets everything incorporated and whips a bit of air into the cupcakes!
  • If you can't find tiny candy eyeballs, you can use mini chocolate chips to make "eyes."

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 391Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 135mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 0gSugar: 40gProtein: 3g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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