Thursday, July 24, 2014

Some seriously delicious Vanilla Bean Buttercream

I have been thinking a lot lately on my drive into rides are my places for I might have planned most of my wedding in my head on the rides to and from North Carolina over the past couple of years.  (Sorry for the run-on sentence there.)  Today I think I finally came to the conclusion that some people/things never change, that sometimes first impressions are correct, and that I probably need an attitude adjustment and a couple happy pills so I don't end up with even more wrinkles/gray hair.  

Don't get me wrong, everything is not doom and gloom.  Work is good, baking is great and married life is going wonderfully, but it kind of just feels like something has been a bit off lately.  Therefore, I feel like if I could realize a few little things, come to some conclusions and try to change(yes I just said some things don't change) a couple other things, everything might be a little more easy going and a little less stressy.  While I attempt these things, I will just continue to zone out a bit to the entire Sam Smith album, bake a few sweet things (like this frosting) and run, bike or dance around the house to bring the not so frown back to a smile.

I mean this song...seriously

And then this frosting...I have said it once and will say it again...I wanted to lick the whisk. Vanilla bean and buttery, but still so light and fluffy.  I will be making this frosting again and soon!

And atop Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Cupcakes...seriously a delicious vanilla-vanilla cupcake.

I kind of didn't want to finish this cupcake because then I knew it would be gone.

Vanilla Bean Buttercream: (Recipe adapted from Sweetapolita)
*if you half this recipe it makes enough for a dozen cupcakes
3 sticks unsalted butter, softened and cut into cubes
3 cups sifted powdered sugar
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt

1.  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter for 8 minutes on medium speed (I use "4" on my KitchenAid). Butter will become very pale & creamy.

2.  Add remaining ingredients and mix on low speed for 1 minute, then on medium speed for 6 minutes. Frosting will be very light, creamy and fluffy.  Best used right away, and serve/store cupcakes at room temperature with this frosting.

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