Vanilla Cloud Cake


For no particular reason, I’m extremely happy that the end of the work week is upon us, and I have two blissful days of baking and lounging around ahead of me. Perfect timing considering Chicago is getting its first real snow of the year. Speaking of bliss, I recently made this vanilla cloud cake from the Pure Vanilla cookbook I received for Christmas.

I’m usually not a fan of buying bakeware that is tailored to make one type of dessert, but purchasing the angel food cake tube pan with removable bottom was worth it for this recipe. My preconceived notion of angel food cake was that it was sticky on the outside while tacky and somehow dry on the inside. I don’t know if that’s how it’s supposed to be or if I’ve only ever had bad angel food cake, but this is what I thought. Anyway, after making this cake, I can see why the author found it so heavenly. The cake itself was only slightly sticky on the outside, but the inside was moist and pillowy. The cake would’ve been amazing enough alone, but the recipe calls for a generous slathering of white chocolate vanilla cream cheese frosting, which is light and airy as well. After eating a slice, you almost feel as if you didn’t eat anything at all! Bring on the weekend!

46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 09:13:51

    It’s absolutely beautiful!! I couldn’t resist this :))
    Mary x

  2. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 09:18:14

    I use my angel cake pan for any tube cake. A vanilla recipe book sounds really good, especially with all the additions that can be made to any vanilla dessert. This cake looks wonderful!

  3. markd60
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 09:37:37

    If I squint my eyes, I can make that cake small like a doughnut, and eat the whole thing in one bite! Looks very good!

  4. Inger Wilkerson
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 09:41:48

    Looks great. I am a serious vanilla lover, so I can’t wait to see what else you bake from this cookbook!

  5. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 09:46:02

    I gasped when I saw this picture…truly a heavenly looking cake!

  6. Geraldine Saucier
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 10:59:53

    Love the cake especially the frosting:)

  7. Alison
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 11:15:04

    That looks amazing!! I am bookmarking this so that when I can get the right tin I can try it, too. Thank you for sharing this! You really are a very talented baker!! Have a glorious weekend.

  8. Three Well Beings
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 11:56:50

    The name alone is inviting…Vanilla Cloud Cake! The Pure Vanilla cookbook sounds like a winner. I tend to gravitate to chocolate, but there are several family members in my group who want vanilla at every turn. This does look like a great cake. I hope you have a long, relaxing weekend! I was wondering if Chicago was getting snow yet! I’ve read several posts from the midwest with friends stating they were patiently waiting! πŸ™‚ Hope it is a real pleasure to be home!

  9. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 14:37:44

    This looks like the perfect treat on a cold and snowy day
    That frosting sounds heavenly

  10. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 14:51:45

    No if you only could make it be invisible to my hips and thighs as well, we’d be in business. Looks ethereal and so yummy!

  11. loavesandstitches
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 14:54:48

    Does this mean it also has no calories? That would be nice! Looks yummy!

  12. Emma (Fluff and Fripperies)
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 15:36:46

    I don’t think I’ve ever eaten anything like this – it sounds heavenly!

  13. My Kitchen Stories
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 17:33:04

    Looks beautiful. Ive never made an Angel Food cake .

  14. apuginthekitchen
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 19:02:16

    Heavenly, what a gorgeous cake. I love angel food cake and that frosting sounds amazing too!

  15. Alice
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 19:45:56

    did your frosting break? it looks kind of grainy from your photo – but delicious, dont get me wrong, I’m SO jealous that I can’t come steal a bite! What happened to FFWD today?? πŸ™‚

  16. chunklet's mom
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 22:22:06

    omg! silly waiting on my cake to get here

  17. chunklet's mom
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 22:23:18


  18. chunklet's mom
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 22:26:52

    The cake looks amazing, especially the frosting! Beautiful picture and well done! This could have been the sample picture cloud cake for the “Pure Vanilla” recipe.

  19. Tandy
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 00:23:03

    What a blissful way to start the weekend πŸ™‚

  20. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 00:32:57

    Oooh this cake looks heavenly! I wish I had all weekend to bake, I am at home visiting family this weekend and although it seemed like I would have the whole weekend to relax, someone always wants to do something haha πŸ™‚ Have fun!

  21. andi winslow
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 07:14:44

    So pretty, can flood around in the clouds on this beautiful cake. Enjoy your weekend I am playing in the kitchen today also. Andi

  22. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 07:46:04

    Lovely cake! It will be perfect with a hot coffee or tea as you enjoy the snow!

  23. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 08:19:45

    I’ve been meaning to buy a tube pan specifically to make this recipe! Looks beautiful! I made the Vanilla Snaps the other day and then filled them with dark chocolate ganache last night and they were AMAZING! I love that book!

  24. Norma Chang
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 09:20:42

    You will get many, many uses for your new tube pan, it is not only for angel food cake..

  25. Reem | Simply Reem
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 12:47:28

    Lovely Cake!!!
    I have to try this recipe… I am a vanilla freak so this one goes up right into my alley

  26. Ameena
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 20:49:42

    A pillowy cake? Love it. It looks delicious and I too love vanilla. Great job with the frosting…looks so professional!

  27. greyhousejournal
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 21:36:21

    Being a total sucker for anything cream cheese, the frosting on this cake sounds and looks divine! And to be redeemed by a low cal (they still are lighter on calories than regular cakes, aren’t they?) angel food cake, well, simply perfect!

  28. cooking varieties
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 22:06:10

    hi dear, the way you describe the cake, it sounds so delicious- pillowy as well the cream cheese frosting- oops! if only i have the recipe πŸ™‚

  29. Cakelaw
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 23:04:32

    OMG! Save me a slice of this. Enjoy your baking weekend.

  30. Tammy
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 00:35:39

    That’s beautiful!

  31. anita menon
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 05:10:13

    Lovely lovely cake!! makes everything looks festive

  32. sugaredpecan
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 07:28:02

    This looks SO good!

  33. Bam's Kitchen
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 07:40:39

    Looks like a blanket of snow on your cake. I love angel food cake that leaves you feeling guiltless!

  34. Elaine
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 10:33:04

    Beautiful job on the cake! The frosting does look like clouds.

  35. Shut Up & Cook
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 14:31:46

    The only thing missing is a glass of champagne! This looks fabulous!

  36. Natalie
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 17:21:15

    Pretty cake! I would probably be able to eat the whole thing, which would not be good at all lol

  37. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 21:50:38

    What a pretty cake!!! I like the pattern on the cake with frosting too. I have a couple of bake pans I need to buy…but being procrastinating as I’m not really much of a baker… πŸ˜‰

  38. Sally (Recipe Junkie)
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 04:05:46

    Looks totally amazing. I have that book (I got a UK review copy, lucky me! I really really want to make that cake. Now I just need to convert the measurements. How DO you measure butter in a cup? Do you smear it in? Really?

  39. hotlyspiced
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 05:26:33

    What a great looking cake. I’m reluctant to buy more cake tins too; mostly because my cupboards are exploding xx

  40. Ryan
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 08:26:29

    What a beautiful cake and the frosting just totally makes it! So fluffy and perfect! I love cakes that look like this– so homey and inviting! Hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the snow!

  41. Betty
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 19:47:32

    I’d just love to be snowed in with that gorgeous cake. πŸ™‚

    Jan 30, 2013 @ 08:47:35

    Simply beautiful cake!!

  43. katya kitchen
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 11:30:03

    Wow, this cake looks perfect and delicious!

  44. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 20:22:54

    Just beautiful! Yup, I think we’ve all had that stale bakery angel food cake…yours sounds phenomenal!

  45. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 10:57:11

    This looks gorgeous!

  46. Ronda
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 14:58:56

    Mmmm… I could really use a tasty angel food cake right now!

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