Preheat oven to 325 Degrees F. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Makes about 16 standard cupcakes.
Sift together cake flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Heat milk and vanilla-bean pod and seeds in a small saucepan over medium heat just until bubbles appear around the edge. Remove from heat. Whisk in butter until melted, and let stand 15 minutes. Strain milk mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl, and discard vanilla-bean pod.
With an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk together whole eggs, yolks, and sugar. Set mixing bowl over a pan of simmering water, and whisk by hand until sugar is dissolved and mixture is warm, about 6 minutes. Remove bowl from heat. With an electric mixer on high speed, whisk until mixture is fluffy, pale yellow, and thick enough to hold a ribbon on the surface for several seconds when whisk is lifted. About 5 minutes.
Gently but thoroughly fold flour mixture into the egg mixture in three batches; stir 3/4 cup batter into the strained milk mixture to thicken, then fold milk mixture into the remaining batter until just combined.
Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. (I use a 1/4 C measuring cup to fill each one. That way your cupcakes are all about the same size). Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until centers are completely set and edges are light golden brown, about 18 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes.