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The Best Vanilla Bean Frosting

The Best Vanilla Bean Frosting

I helped throw this Little Peanut Elephant Baby shower found here and my friend made the most delicious cupcakes (I photographed them below).

The Best Vanilla Bean Frosting

The frosting is literally the BEST vanilla bean frosting I’ve ever had. I holds its shape nicely for frosting cakes and cupcakes, yet is super soft and smooth when eating. It even ties or maybe beats my very popular Best Cream Cheese frosting recipe here. So, I asked her for the frosting recipe and if I could share it on my blog and she said of course!

I made it the other day for my daughter’s first birthday and topped the white pudding cake cupcakes I made with it.

The Best Vanilla Bean Frosting

I garnished the frosting with fondant flowers called Wilton 710-2215 Icing Decoration, Royal Flower Rainbow, Mini which can be found here.

The Best Vanilla Bean Frosting

As well as decorative sugar pearls found here.

The Best Vanilla Bean Frosting

The baking liners I used are Wilton Ruffle Baking Cups, Standard, 24-Count, Pink found here.

The Best Vanilla Bean Frosting

I put them in the cupcake stand I have. They looked really cute on this stand!

The Best Vanilla Bean Frosting

And better yet, they tasted DELICIOUS!

The Best Vanilla Bean Frosting

I ended up tweaking things in the recipe just a little because the original recipe calls for unsalted butter and I only had salted. I actually prefer frosting with salt, so by making tweaks to balance the flavors, it came out just as good.

The Best Vanilla Bean Frosting

I’ve included both recipes below. If you prefer a little salt in your frosting you can use the salted butter version, if not try the unsalted version!

This recipe frosted 36 cupcakes generously plus it frosted this little 6″ round cake that I made and put fondant over.

The Best Vanilla Bean Frosting

Note- Very typical ingredients are used for this recipe except Vanilla Bean paste found here or one vanilla bean that you can find here. It calls for either one, not both.

The Best Vanilla Bean Frosting-unsalted butter version

Ingredients

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean)
  • 2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract (or normal, if you don't have clear)- Mexican Vanilla is the best
  • 1 ½ pounds (24 ounces) confectioners’ sugar (about 6 1/2 cups)
  • 4-6 tablespoons heavy cream or milk

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the butter and vanilla bean seeds. Beat on high until fluffy. Turn the mixer to low speed and slowly add the confectioners' sugar a cup at a time while continuing to beat.
  2. Once well blended, add in the vanilla and 4 tablespoons heavy cream or milk. Mix on low speed until well combined and moist. If needed, add an additional 1 to 2 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk until your desired consistency is reached. Beat at high speed until frosting is smooth and fluffy.
  3. This frosted 36 cupcakes and a thin layer on the little cake I made before I covered it with fondant.
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The Best Vanilla Bean Frosting- Salted Butter Version
 
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The BEST vanilla Bean frosting I have ever tasted!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 36 cupcakes 1 small cake
Ingredients
  • 3 sticks salted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean)
  • 3¼ teaspoons clear vanilla extract (or normal, if you don't have clear)
  • 7 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 8 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the butter and vanilla bean seeds. Beat on high until fluffy. Turn the mixer to low speed and slowly add the confectioners' sugar a cup at a time while continuing to beat.
  2. Once well blended, add in the vanilla and 4 tablespoons heavy cream or milk. Mix on low speed until well combined and moist. If needed, add an additional 1 to 2 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk until your desired consistency is reached. Beat at high speed until frosting is smooth and fluffy.

 

Enjoy!

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4 Responses to The Best Vanilla Bean Frosting

  1. Yummy! This looks delicious!! I can’t wait to try it!

  2. This looks so easy and pretty I am almost drooling it looks so good. Can’t wait to try making it. Thanks for sharing on Thursday Favorite Things!

  3. […] was about to call this, ‘The Best Frosting’… until I tasted some frosting my neighbor made. She gave me the recipe and said I could add it, so check back another time to get that one. UPDATE […]

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