Cinnamon swirled throughout and on top of vanilla cupcakes with vanilla bean cream cheese frosting – these cupcakes are a perfect treat!


For the Cake

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, diced, at room temperature
  • 1 cup milk, divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons Rodelle Gourmet Vanilla Extract

For the Filling

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Rodelle Baking Cocoa

For the Icing

  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 6 2/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Rodelle Gourmet Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Rodelle Vanilla Bean, split and scraped
  • 2-3 Rodelle Cinnamon Sticks, chopped into 1 1/2-inch pieces

Make the Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, place 24 paper liners in 2 x 12 muffin tins.
  2. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Add butter and 1/2 cup of the milk. Mix on medium speed until smooth, about 4 minutes. Scrape sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. In a separate bowl, blend the eggs, egg whites, remaining 1/2 cup milk, and Rodelle vanilla extract.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture in three additions, mixing for 2 minutes after each addition.
  5. Scrap the bowl after each addition.


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.


  1. Using a mixer, beat all the butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds until smooth.
  2. Carefully add powdered sugar on low so it can be incorporated into the butter/cream cheese.


  1. Spoon 1 1/2 tablespoons of batter into the lined muffin cups, start with 20 cups, if you have enough for 2-4 cupcakes after the assembly of the initial 20, follow directions from beginning.
  2. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of filling onto the batter.
  3. Top off the bottom layer of batter and the filling with another 1 1/2 tablespoons of batter. Smooth the surface with the back of a spoon.
  4. Drag a toothpick through the filled muffin liners to distribute the cinnamon filling.
  5. Sprinkle the tops with 1/2 teaspoon or so of the filling.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely before icing.
  8. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes and garnish with cinnamon stick pieces!

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