Vanilla Bean Vs Vanilla Extract

Baking By Swayman2202 Updated 24 Feb 2014 , 1:17am by Swayman2202

Swayman2202 Posted 9 Feb 2014 , 10:18pm
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AHey all!! I found a vanilla cake recipe I am wanting to try. It calls for one vanilla bean. However vanilla beans are expensive and I have never used them before. My question is what's the difference will it completely change a cake or not? What's the ration of vanilla extract to vanilla bean. Or should i just use a vanilla bean (approx 5 dollars for 1 bean)

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AZCouture Posted 9 Feb 2014 , 10:40pm
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ANot if it's a crusty old dried up bean in a bottle in the spice section of the grocery store, no, don't waste your money. Just use extract. For future reference, visit

Biggest, plumpest, fragrant beans out there, and super affordable. Learn how to make your own extract too, you'll never use store bought again.

Swayman2202 Posted 9 Feb 2014 , 10:45pm
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AThank you so much!! You don't know off hand how much extract inshouldnuse in place of the bean do you?

AZCouture Posted 9 Feb 2014 , 10:56pm
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AMmmmm, not really, maybe a tbsp? Can't really have too much, nless it makes the recipe watery.

Swayman2202 Posted 9 Feb 2014 , 11:04pm
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AOk thank you!!

MsMonica Posted 13 Feb 2014 , 7:04pm
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Most recipes do state one vanilla bean = 1 T. vanilla extract. 

AZCouture Posted 13 Feb 2014 , 8:01pm
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AI can't remember the last time I measured anything like extracts. Toss some in.

MBalaska Posted 14 Feb 2014 , 1:46am
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Vanilla is such a wonderful flavor I use double vanilla extract and usually put in extra.

Swayman2202 Posted 14 Feb 2014 , 4:56am
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AThank you so much !!

LisaPeps Posted 14 Feb 2014 , 10:31pm
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I cheat kind of. I make my own vanilla extract with beans and vodka. I then buy exhausted vanilla seeds ( toss some of them in for the flecks (and added flavour) and use my extract to bump up the flavour. I'm like AZ though, toss in enough for the flavour but not so much that it changes the consistency. 

AivaCake Posted 14 Feb 2014 , 11:48pm
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AI use vanilla bean paste. It's soooooo good!!

AZCouture Posted 15 Feb 2014 , 1:08am
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AAnd don't buy those overpriced bottles of paste either, like the Nielsen Massey stuff. Go to for their paste. It's filler free, and super concentrated. Get some beans while you're there and make extract.

AivaCake Posted 15 Feb 2014 , 1:19am
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Swayman2202 Posted 24 Feb 2014 , 1:17am
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I didn't get an email about any replies!! LOL!! I just logged in to search for something!! I will go check out that website!! And experiment with different vanilla extract/paste options!! I am so glad I took this plunge into cake decorating!!

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