Friday, March 9, 2012

Very Vanilla Sprinkle Cupcakes & My 200th Post!



Today is a special day!  This is my 200th post!  I have had this blog for a little under a year (actually a year next month!) and within that time I have already had 200 posts!  That’s 200 recipes.  200 write-ups.  200 times I’ve baked/cooked a recipe, wrote it up, wrote about it and my experiences, and then posted it.


I’ve had such a great time writing up these past 200 posts and I can’t wait to post 200 + 200 + 200 + 200 …. more!  It truly has been a journey, and it’s one that I am so happy to be on.  I can’t wait to see where the rest of this amazing journey takes me!


In just 1 short month, I will be blogging for 1 whole year.  Now that will be a time to truly reflect on such a wonderful year of blogging :).  But for now I have these Very Vanilla Sprinkle Cupcakes to celebrate and share with you.

It’s a Vanilla Bean Cupcake, scattered with colorful sprinkles.  Topped with a silky, smooth Vanilla Bean Whipped Buttercream.  Then to really bring home the celebration, more colorful and fun sprinkles are sprinkled on top of the cupcakes.


For my 200th post I wanted to share something that represents me.  And these cupcakes do just that. 
They are colorful, fun, girly, and pink. 
They shine with joy and happiness, and truly make you smile.
They are simple, yet shine
And they are made with vanilla and sprinkles, 2 of my favorite ingredients.


Now grab a cupcake and cheers to at least another 200!






Very Vanilla Sprinkle Cupcakes
For Printable Recipe, Click here!

Makes: 24 Cupcakes

Vanilla Bean Sprinkle Cupcakes
4 Egg Whites, at Room Temperature
1 Egg, at Room Temperature
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Bean Paste (or Pure Vanilla Extract)
1 Fresh Vanilla Bean, Scraped and Seeded (Discard the Bean after taking out the seeds)
1 cup Milk, at Room Temperature
3 cups All Purpose Flour
1 ½ cups Sugar
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
¾ teaspoon Salt
12 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, at Room Temperature
½ cup Rainbow Sprinkles

Vanilla Bean Whipped Buttercream
3 cups + 4 tablespoons (6 sticks + 4 tablespoons) Unsalted Butter, at Room Temperature
7 cups Confectioners Sugar
6 tablespoons Milk
2 tablespoons Pure Vanilla Bean Paste (or Pure Vanilla Extract, plus the seeds from 1 Vanilla Bean)
Large Pinch of Salt

Sprinkles, for Decoration

To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 2 cupcake pans with paper liners.  Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg whites, egg, pure vanilla bean paste, seeds from the vanilla bean, and ¼ of the milk.  Set aside until needed.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Add the butter and the remaining ¾ of milk and beat until the batter is wet.

In 3 additions, add the egg mixture to the batter, beating for 30 seconds after each addition.  Continue beating until the batter is smooth.  Remove the bowl from the stand and fold in the sprinkles.

Using an ice cream scoop, divide the batter among the prepared cupcake liners, filing 2/3 of the way up.  Bake the cupcakes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. 

Immediately remove the cupcakes from the pan and place on a cooling rack to cool completely. 

While the cupcakes are cooling, make the buttercream.  Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Beat the butter on medium speed for 7 minutes.  The butter will become pale in color and light and fluffy in texture. 

Add 4 cups of the confectioners sugar and beat (I set my mixer on the stir setting) for 30 seconds.  Add the remaining 3 cups of confectioners sugar, the milk, vanilla bean paste, and salt.  Beat, gradually increasing in speed, until all the ingredients are incorporated.  Continue beating on medium speed for 5 more minutes.

To frost the cupcakes, fill a piping bag (fitted with a large round top) with the buttercream.  Pipe in a circular motion on the surface of each cupcake, starting from the outside in.  After done frosting each cupcake, gently place an indent on the top of each cupcake with a small spoon.  Sprinkle each cupcake with colorful sprinkles. 

These cupcakes last up to 5 days in a sealed container, at room temperature.

Recipes from Sweetapolita

46 comments:

  1. Congratulations on reaching such a milestone, it's very impressive and these cupcakes are an excellent way to mark it!  Just simply gorgeous!

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  2. Congrats on 200! You are amazing for only having been blogging for one year. This recipe is perfect for celebrating! 

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  3. Krissy I adore these beautiful cupcakes! They look so fluffy and sweet- I'd like one right now! And I can't beleive this is #200! I'm sure there will be many hundreds more...

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  4. These are beautiful! They look delicious!

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  5. Congratulations on your 200th post, Krissy! You have a fabulous blog. These cupcakes are a wonderful way to celebrate, too. Your photos are to die for! So beautiful, colorful and vibrant!

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  6. Beautiful creation Krissy.  Looks fantastic, I bet they taste as good as they look.  Wonderful photos too, very appetizing.  Have a grea day.

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  7. Congrats, Krissy!  What a fun milestone and these cupcakes look perfect!

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  8. Kathryn (your sisterinlaw)March 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Yay! Krissy.  I am continually so impressed by you and your gifts. Your blog is so awesome and our family is so blessed by your talents and baking.  Cheers to 200 and more to come.  I know God has so much more in store for you!  Love you. 

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  9. Congrats Krissy!!!  That's a great achievement :)

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  10. Congratulations! :) Very impressive - and all the recipes are lovely! This sounds like a cupcake to swoon over, vanilla bean is just such a perfect thing.

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  11. I love the sprinkle assortment on these!

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  12. These look wonderful!!  Love funfetti cupcakes, but it's great to make them from scratch - yum.  And I love all of your different sprinkles on top! :)

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  13. Congratz on the number of posts! I love funfetti (or sprinkle) cupcakes and cakes!

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  14. Congrats with your 200 :) I wish you more such nice 200's .. :)

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  15. yay! congrats on your 200 and almost 1 year! these cupcakes do look perfect and do look like they describe you very well :) so delicious! i want to lick that frosting haha, sorry, i really do!

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  16. Congratulations! So proud of you, I look forward to another 200 + 200+200+200 more :)
    These cupcakes look delicious and so cute, I wish I could have one now. Great job Krissy!!!

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  17. Congratulations :) That's fantastic OMG 200 posts! I can only imagine the time and effort you've put into this blog! I'm a new blogger myself, so i know that blogging really requires a lot of discipline, consistency and most importantly PASSION :D 
    Thank you for sharing all these fabulous recipes ~ looking forward to reading more! 

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  18. Congratulations on your 200th post! I can't believe you've written so many recipes in just a year - I hit 100 about the same time as my one year anniversary :-)

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  19. Congrats on the 200th post!  Cupcakes look like so much fun and the perfect thing to have today.

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  20. Congratulations on 200 posts.  These little cupcakes are adorable. I love the mound of frosting. Great way to celebrate.  

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  21. happy 200th post!! congrats! what a perfect way to celebrate :) :) frosting is the best part of cupcakes, so these look perfect.

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  22. Happy 200 post! Here's to not only 200 more, but many, many more in the future. Your blog is definitely one of my favorites! (:

    These cupcakes look so delicious! 

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  23. Congratulations on this 200th post (that's a lot of posts in almost a year!)  The cupcakes look wonderful and your photographs are awesome!

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  24.  It does seem a lot in a year!  I used to post every day!

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  25. I agree.  I love the frosting on cupcakes!

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  26.  Ya I was a little crazy doing so much my first year! But I've now realized what works best :)

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  27.  It really does Daisy!  Thank you so much!

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  28. Making them from scratch is the best!

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  29. 200!!! Woo hooo!!!!!
    The cupcakes look cute, colorful, and fun! Perfect for a 200th post :)

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  30.  Thanks so much Georgia!  Means so much!

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  31. They look amazing! I'm planning on making then for my friends bridal shower this weekend, do you think I could make them a day or two ahead of time? How well do they keep?
    I'm really looking forward to trying them!

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  32. You can definitely make the cupcakes in advance.  I would suggest to make the cupcakes no more than 2 days before.  Keep them in a sealed container, unfrosted.  Then frost the cupcakes the night before or the morning of.  Be sure to keep them in a sealed container when done frosting them.  Enjoy!

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  33. Congratulations! Love your blog!

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  34. What kind of tip did you use to decorate these?

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  35. I use a large round tip.  Specifically an Ateco 808. Enjoy!

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