Vanilla Bean Poppy Seed Cupcakes

I love anything vanilla bean…and during the spring, I always think of poppy seeds…so, I married the two together to make one delicious cupcake.

This recipe makes about 1.5 dozen cupcakes.

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1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter, softened plus another 1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (8 oz) container sour cream
2 eggs
1 vanilla bean, split down the center
4 teaspoons poppy seeds (divided)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon or so of milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line 1 (12-count) muffin tin with cupcake liners and then a second muffin tin halfway full of liners (you will yield about 18 cupcakes).  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt with a whisk.  Set aside.

In a second mixing bowl, beat with an electric mixer 2/3 cup of softened butter with the sour cream, and eggs.  Slowly beat the flour mixture into this bowl.  Once incorporated, beat in half of the seeds from your vanilla bean (reserve the other half for the frosting) and 2 teaspoons of poppy seeds.

Pour batter into prepared cupcake liners (batter will be nice and thick) and bake 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one cupcake comes out clean.

Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting, beat 1/2 cup of softened butter with powdered sugar and milk.  Add more powdered sugar if the frosting is too thin and more milk if it’s too thick.  Once frosting reaches desired consistency, beat in the other half of the seeds from your vanilla bean and two teaspoons of poppy seeds.  Frost cooled cupcakes.

Store in the fridge when you’re not enjoying.

Vanilla beans plus poppy seeds equals the perfect cupcake.  These would make excellent treats for your Easter too.  Enjoy!

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  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} March 24, 2015 at 10:57 am

    These look sooo good! I wouldn't mind one RIGHT NOW.

  • Meagan Ruse March 24, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Can I swing by and pick one of these up for breakfast? Mmmmm!

  • Heather March 24, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Can we call these muffins so I can eat them for breakfast?

  • Shelby March 24, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    I have alwayssss wanted to make from-scratch cupcakes!! Thank you for the recipe!!

  • Andrea (127things) March 25, 2015 at 3:12 am

    These look sooo delicious! I am thinking they would be perfect for Easter brunch…maybe even made into mini-cupcakes?! Yum!!!

  • Kelly March 25, 2015 at 3:54 am

    Hey Shay! Baking is my thing, for sure and these cupcakes are making my mouth water this second! However, I have a question. Lately, I have been craving a recipe for a very simple spaghetti bake/spaghetti casserole. Just like my family loves pasta, we also LOVE Texmex!

    Like everyone else, I know that there is always instant access to Pinterest…but with this, I really want something that has already been "Mix & Match Mama" approved. I trust your recipes, I've never made any recipe of yours that I have not loved. I just don't have the income to experiment with random Pinterest recipes too often, in an attempt to hunt down the perfect dish. So, if you have any recommendations for either of those dishes (where olives could either be omitted or mixed and matched), could you please help me out?

    Also…you would be the BEST at trying popular Pinterest recipes and then afterwards grouping them between two groups: MAM Fail/or MAM Approved. It truly reminds me of Shaeffer's, Pinterest Told Me To…except with you, instead of clothes being your variable, it would obviously be food! Ok…OK…I'm just wishing out loud, lol! ….but how fun could that be to have maybe a foodie post such as that maybe once a week or so! I'm such a fat kid at heart ; )

  • Mix and Match Mama March 25, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Type "baked spaghetti" into my search bar on the right and some recipes will pop up :). We love a baked spaghetti too! Enjoy!

  • CFlannery April 4, 2015 at 5:20 am

    Made these cupcakes tonight. While they do taste amazing, mine didn't turn out very pretty, frosting as well. They look flat and the frosting kept separating. The only thing I can think of is that i let my butter get too melty? Either way, thanks for a great recipe!