I recently ordered some Vanilla Beans off of ebay. They were shipped from France and made it here in about a week. I was excited to put them to use, so I whipped up some vanilla bean cupcakes with vanilla bean frosting. (The recipe is the same one I shared earlier, The Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake, by the cupcake project. For my frosting, I wanted a whipped cream type of frosting, so I started out making whipped cream and adding vanilla bean. However, once I made it, I thought, I'd experiment with something a little different. The result: EPIC FAIL! (See, it's not all baking perfection over here!)
So, I tossed that batch and started over. The second go around, I just stuck with a vanilla buttercream. The vanilla bean makes a world of difference. YUM! So here are some plain Jane vanilla bean cupcakes.