How to Make Scrumptious Vanilla Bean Cupcakes from A Mix

These easy vanilla bean cupcakes start with a boxed cake mix, but with a few little tweaks, it makes the most decadent cupcakes loaded with vanilla flavour!

Basic Vanilla Bean Cupcake Recipe

Everyone needs a delicious basic vanilla cupcake in their recipe box. Vanilla is such wonderful flavor on its’ own but also the perfect backdrop to layer on other flavors as well.

I love cupcakes and have several favorites, like these orange creamsicle cupcakes and these decadent triple chocolate ones!

Today I am sharing this easy recipe for vanilla bean cupcakes, plus three different ways to serve them!

Plus I have partnered with some of my favorite baking blogger friends who are sharing their own yummy cupcake recipes too! You will find all the links at the end of this post!

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes 3 Ways!

First up, these vanilla bean cupcakes are perfect just as they are for everyday occasions. Serve them at book club, a PTA meeting or as a sweet treat with afternoon tea!

They are loaded with vanilla flavor, and the frosting is so creamy and delicious. Simple and understated, but oh so good!

They also are the perfect blank slate to dress up for any occasion!

Which brings me to Idea No. 2…..

Vanilla Bean Cupcake with fresh fruit

Hosting a backyard get together with friends or family? Dress these up with some fresh fruit for an extra special summer dessert.

Add a sliced strawberry and a blueberry or two for your Fourth of July party, or just some juicy red raspberries if you are celebrating Canada Day, like I am!

Before I share the last idea, did I mention this recipe starts with a simple white cake mix? I added a few simple ingredients like all purpose flour, almond milk and vanilla bean, and the result is a light and fluffy cupcake that you can call homemade!

Vanilla Bean Cupcake Recipe

One last idea for serving these yummy cupcakes. Add a few edible pearls and style them as a pretty centerpiece with big flower blooms, like the peonies I used here, and you have a beautiful centerpiece for more fancy occasions.

Whether it is a wedding shower or fancy garden party, these delicious cupcakes will be the center of attention.

There you have it! The one must have cupcake recipe that is easy and delicious. And, is so versatile you can easily dress it up and serve it at for any occasion.

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Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes

These yummy vanilla bean cupcakes are made from a cake mix, but a few simple ingredients elevate them to the next level!


  • 1 White Cake Mix
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, large
  • 1 1/3 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup full fat sour cream
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract (optional)
  • For the Frosting
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 7 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream
  • 1 Vanilla Bean


  1. Preheat Oven to 325 degrees. Line 24 cupcake tins with paper liners.
  2. Add cake mix. flour and sugar to bowl of electric mixer and whisk until combined
  3. Add eggs, milk, oil and sour cream to the flour mixture and beat on low for 2 minutes.
  4. Carefully slice open the vanilla bean and scrape seeds out with dull edge of a paring knife. Add the beans to the batter and mix to combine thoroughly.
  5. Pour batter evenly into the prepared cupcake liners, filling each about 2/3 full.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 17 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  7. While the cupcakes are cooling prepare the frosting.
  8. Add shortening, 4 cups of the confectioners sugar and 1/2 cup milk or cream to the bowl of electric mixer and carefully increase speed to medium high. Whip for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Add remaining confectioners sugar one cup at a time, bearing well between each addition.
  10. Scrape seeds from the vanilla bean and add to the frosting, beating until well combined.
  11. Spread or pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes.
  12. Decorate to your liking.

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  1. First of all I think vanilla flavouring should get way more credit and this recipe proves it. I love that you used a cake mix as a base. I often do that but have never tweaked it as much as you have. Pinning to my cake board and I will be trying this soon. Yum.