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Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Pear Butter Filling! If you're ready for the flavors of fall, you'll find them all wrapped up in this sweet treat: A fluffy vanilla-infused cupcake with a spiced pear butter center & brown sugar cinnamon frosting.

Let's talk a little bit about great ideas, shall we?

I have them all the time. Ideas, like bolts of lightning, that seem to come out of nowhere and light up your brain withunlimited potential for success.

One of my most recent great ideas for the blog was starting my Tailgate Thursday series. When it came to mind as the end of the summer wound down, I could barely contain my excitement.

Fast forward to the beginning of football season, around the time of my second post. My enthusiasm for the project was still going strong. But oh, how I had underestimated the amount of time it would take to put together a cohesive post... every week... for TWELVE weeks. {P.S. We are now on week 8... but I skipped a week. So really I have 5 more schools to go.}

What am I saying exactly?

Well, I still love my idea. You seem to like my idea. Everyone seems to be fond of the idea.

But ever since I started working on my idea it seems that I Just.Can't.Catch.Up.

Wednesdays have become a mad panic of last minute grocery shopping, cooking, photography, editing, and writing {not to mention occasional cursing & tooth gnashing}. Thursdays now arrive at alarming speed. Fall snuck up on me while I was busy fact checking information about college towns and mascots.

And so... as I mentioned in yesterday's post, I have just not been on top of Fall baking around here. I still have full cans of pumpkin puree sitting in my pantry. And my collection of warm spices stare back at me with this pitiful look saying, "What have we done wrong?"

{Ok, maybe they don't actually say anything, but if they could talk, that's what they would say.}

But today, I'm making up for lost time, because this cupcake creation is basically autumn in cupcake form.

A tender Vanilla Bean Cupcake, filled with a gooey Caramel-Pear Butter center {I told you I'd put that stuff to good use!}, topped with aseductive swirl of Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Frosting.

I'm waiting for Bath & Body Works to call me any day now and ask permission to use this combo as one of their autumn candle scents. {Have your people call my people, B&BW.} 😉

I still have tons of stuff to do for Tailgate Thursday, but you can thank Julie from Willow Bird Baking for her autumncupcake challenge this week for this creation... because she nudged me into the kitchen and unknowingly caused me to liberate my sad, sad Fall spices.

{You can also thank my friend and reader, Trina, for the inspiration because she wanted me to make a Pear & Caramel Cupcake... LAST YEAR... and that popped into myhead when this challenge arose and materialized in the form of this cupcake.}

Anyway, enough chatter. If you're still waiting for Fall to arrive in your kitchen, this is definitely a good place to start... and there's no doubting that it's a VERY good idea.

The Kitchen Prep

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Pear Butter Filling! If you're ready for the flavors of fall, you'll find them all wrapped up in this sweet treat: A fluffy vanilla-infused cupcake with a spiced pear butter center. Autumn in a cupcake!

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Prep Time 40 minutes mins

Cook Time 14 minutes mins

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Servings 15 cupcakes


For Cupcakes

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean pod seeds scraped
  • cups cake flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • cup whole milk

For Filling

  • ¾ cup pear butter

For Frosting

  • 12 tablespoons butter room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk


Make Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare cupcake tins with liners. Set aside.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine granulated sugar and vanilla bean seeds until well blended.

  • Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to vanilla sugar. Mix until well blended.

  • Beat in softened butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs.

  • In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, yogurt, canola oil, and vanilla. Pour liquid into flour mixture and mix until just incorporated. Pour milk in slowly, mixing until just combined. (The batter will be liquidy. That's how it should be!)

  • Fill each liner a little over halfway full. Bake for 14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  • Remove from oven. Cool cupcakes on a wire rack.

Make Frosting

  • Beat butter, sugar and cinnamon together until smooth and sugar begins to blend in. (This may take a few minutes.)

  • Slowly add in confectioners' sugar, one cup at a time until well blended.

  • Add milk, one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. (Some of the brown sugar crystals may still be visible.)


  • With a sharp paring knife (or an apple corer... it's my favorite tool for this task!), cut awell in the middle of each cooled cupcake. (Save the cake for snacking.)

  • Fill a piping bag or zip top storage bag with the tip snipped with about ½ cup of pear butter. Fill each cupcake to top of well.

  • Fill a separate piping bag with frosting and desired decorative tip. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes.

  • If desired, sprinkle lightly with extra cinnamon and garnish with a cinnamon stick.


Cake adapted from The Cupcake Project, Caramel-Pear Butter from Epicurious

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Pear Butter Filling - The Kitchen Prep Blog (2024)


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