My cousin Traci flew in last week, so this weekend I offered to make her some cupcakes. Traci is one with undeniably particular taste buds, so all the cupcake flavors I suggested were shot down without hesitation. So I finally just asked her what her favorite desert on the planet is, and she said the Vanilla Bean Cheesecake at T.G.I.Friday’s (I don’t know many people who would disagree with that, either lol).
So on Saturday I started work. I decided to start with our regular vanilla cake, and fill it with a cream cheese frosting. I used about 2 inches of vanilla bean to flavor the cream cheese, along with a tiny bit of extract to help it out. Then I made a white chocolate mousse with Ghirardelli white chocolate, a little cream cheese for tang, and some whipped cream to lighten it up. And finally I topped them off with a little fresh whipped cream. I originally intended to make a vanilla bean whipped cream, but at $6/bean – it seemed like a silly way to increase the cost of our cupcakes. So I did without.
I absolutely believe this is one of our best cupcakes to date. The flavors play on each other so well, and the final product really does taste like the vanilla bean cheesecake from Friday’s, but with a nice cakey twist 🙂