I was so excited when  my friend Anna asked me to make some sweet treats for her party guests.  Anna is an amazing makeup artist and makes making someone over look like it requires no effort at all.  She asked me to make some cupcakes because she said that she is not much of a baker.  I think it is so great to have a group of friends that all have different talents so that we can all learn and benefit from each other.  The way that Anna can transform a woman on her wedding today to look like she just stepped off a runway, would be impossible for me, yet making a few sweets was enjoyable and required minimal effort for me.  I think it is empowering to recognize the strengths that we all possess.  What talents do you have to offer your friends and family?  

Anna asked me to make cupcakes but I couldn’t resist adding in the Lemon Curd Tarts and Sparkly Pink Ombre Cookie Tree that I shared with you earlier in the week.  I also wanted to give my friend what she requested though.  Even with all of the fancy cupcake flavor combinations that are out there today, sometimes I like to stick with the classics like these Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.

These cupcakes were perfectly infused with vanilla bean flavor and the frosting was so much fun to pipe because of the perfect consistency.  The cream cheese adds just enough tang so that the frosting is not too rich but has more of a subtle chocolate flavor.  So if you are looking for a new go-to classic vanilla cupcake recipe or a chocolate frosting recipe, may I highly recommend that you try these Mini Vanilla Cupcakes and Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting?

*NOTE:  If you don’t have vanilla beans on hand, simply omit and you will still have plenty of vanilla flavor from the extract.

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7 Comments ( Reply )

  1. marybeth
    May 05, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    these were amazing mercedes! i’m so glad you posted this so i can reference next time i have a cupcake craving.


    • Mercedes
      May 06, 2012 @ 10:37 am

      Thanks Mary Beth! I’m glad you liked the cupcakes!


  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    May 05, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    That cat is too funny! Beautiful cupcakes, too – sometimes you can’t beat vanilla and chocolate. It’s all about the vanilla bean!


  3. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    May 07, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    Vanilla cupcakes + chocolate frosting is my favorite combination! I don’t know if I’ve ever had chocolate cream cheese frosting though…sounds amazing!
    I’m so sad I couldn’t be at the party. 🙁


  4. ATasteOfMadness
    May 07, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

    Wow. This is making me want a cupcake so badly! I have never made a cupcake before, but will definitely do so soon.


    • Mercedes
      May 08, 2012 @ 10:11 am

      Thank you! I hope you try them and enjoy!


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