Vanilla Bean Cupcakes With Ganache Filling Recipe

There is nothing like a vanilla bean cupcake. The distinctive flavor and delicate, smooth texture can't be replicated without the beans. However, I think it's time we all take it up a notch … that is to say, three notches with my recipe for Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Ganache Filling Recipe!

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes With Ganache Filling Recipe

Ingredients For the cupcakes: 

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder Dash of salt 
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar. 
  • 2 cups vanilla bean 
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature 
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract for the ganache filling: 
  • 13 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) butter, softened. 
  • 1 pound cream cheese (about 4 ounces), softened. 
  • 6 tablespoons (1-1/2 sticks) of unsalted butter. 

Method for the Vanilla Bean Cupcakes: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking pans with cupcake liners. Sift together the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together granulated sugar, vanilla bean flavor extract, and eggs until smooth. 

Mix in the dry ingredients just until combined; don't overmix. Spoon batter into cupcake liners 2/3 full, filling as close to 3/4 full as possible (these cupcakes are best if they aren't completely filled). 

Bake for 12-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake, comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to cooling racks to cool completely.