Recipe by Kirsten Tibballs: Tahitian Vanilla Cupcakes

Tahiti Tourism National Vanilla Day

**What a fabulous reason to eat cupcakes!

To celebrate what is possibly one of the most delicious days on the calendar, one of the country’s best pastry chefs – Kirsten Tibballs – has created the attached recipes using the best vanilla in the world – from The Islands of Tahiti.

Tahitian vanilla is considered amongst the best in the world for its incredible flavour, and nearly 80% of it comes from the little known island of Taha’a. Known as The Vanilla Island, the island actually smells like vanilla due to its abundance.


Tahitian Vanilla Cupcakes

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Baking Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes

155 g Plain Flour

½ tsp Baking Powder

3 Free Range Eggs

155 g Brown Sugar

200 ml Bulla Crème Fraiche

60 g Unsalted Butter

QS Oil Spray

2 Tahitian Vanilla Beans

  1. Cut out 12 x 12cm squares of baking paper.
  2. Grease the muffin tin with an oil spray and press each paper square into the tin.
  3. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and set aside.
  4. Mix the eggs and sugar together in the bowl of a KitchenAid Stand Mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, until you have created a light foam. 
  5. Use a spatula to fold through the sieved dry ingredients, followed by the crème fraiche.
  6. Melt the butter and fold it through the mixture. 
  7. Divide the cake batter into each cup of the muffin tin lined with the baking paper squares. Each cup requires approximately 60g.
  8. Bake at 170°C for 15 -18 minutes.
  9. Remove the cupcakes and set them on a cooling rack to cool completely. Turn the oven off.
  10. Cut the Tahitian vanilla beans in half and scrape out the seeds. Place the pods in the oven once you turn it off after baking the muffins. When the pods are completely dried out, place them in an airtight container as they will be used as a garnish later.


Vanilla Cream Topping

4 Tahitian Vanilla Beans

300 g Pure Icing Sugar

195 g Unsalted Butter

3 tbsp Bulla Pure Cream

Pinch Sea Salt

  1. Cut the Tahitian vanilla beans in half and scrape out the seeds.
  2. Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl.
  3. Beat the butter, cut and scraped Tahitian vanilla beans and sieved icing sugar in the bowl of a KitchenAid Stand Mixer until light and creamy.
  4. Add in the fresh cream and salt.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag fitted with a large star piping nozzle.
  6. Pipe the icing directly onto the cupcakes.
  7. Using a fine grater, grate the dried vanilla pods from earlier onto the icing.


Recipe Courtesy of Kirsten Tibballs

Information & Image Courtesy of  Tahiti Tourism/Evil Twin PR


Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times News

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