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Fluffy Vanilla Cake with Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting

Fluffy Vanilla Cake

Photo: Sweetapolita

The lightest, fluffy vanilla cake recipe you can possibly imagine. And smothered in a gorgeous creamy vanilla bean butter frosting.

Cake like this is what angels eat. Pure. Simple. Heavenly.

If you want to preserve the pristine whiteness of this cake and frosting, watch the color of the butter that you use. You want a pale butter so that the cake doesn’t take on a yellow hue.

And if you’re really, really serious about ensuring this cake is as white as possible, you might like to consider using pure vanilla powder instead of vanilla extract in the cake batter. Vanilla powder is great for color-sensitive recipes particularly vanilla flavored white icings and frosting. Note, I’m not talking about vanilla sugar – that’s a totally different product. You can find pure vanilla powder here.

I’ve mentioned before that I think it’s a shame that the word “vanilla” has come to mean “boring” or “dull” in modern culture. Vanilla is anything but to me. I’d say that I use vanilla, and cinnamon, more than any other flavourings – in all manner of baked goods from cakes, muffins, biscuits, crumble to pancakes to simple toppings on muesli or porridge (for a real treat try making a compote of blueberries, vanilla, maple syrup and cinnamon for topping cereals or pancakes – incredible).

But back to this cake.

This divine recipe is from the always angelic sweetapolita.com.

Like this recipe? Well you’ll love this recipe which has lashings and lashings of delicious strawberry cream frosting between layers of delicate cake.

Fluffy Vanilla Cake Recipe
 
Ingredients
For the Cake:
  • 5 large egg whites (5 ounces/150 grams) at room temperature
  • ¾ cup whole milk (180 mL/6 liquid ounces), at room temperature
  • 2¼ teaspoons pure vanilla extract (9 grams)
  • 2¾ cups cake flour, sifted (11 ounces/315 grams)
  • 1¾ cups sugar (12 ounces/350 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder (19.5 grams)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt (5 grams)
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (6 ounces/170 grams), at room temperature and cut into cubes
For the Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting:
  • 3 sticks + 2 tablespoons (375 grams/13 ounces) unsalted butter, softened and cut into cubes
  • 3 cups sifted (480 grams/1 lb + 1 ounce) confectioners’ sugar (icing, powdered)
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. For the full recipe visit here.

Happy baking!

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7 Responses to Fluffy Vanilla Cake with Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting

  1. maria j costa at #

    Wow what gorgeous cake I am definitely going to try – wish me luck!

  2. This cake is absolutely stunning! Looks so delicious!

    • It’s a really great vanilla cake – I use this recipe often and am always happy with the results.

  3. The cake looks beautiful and purrrfect. Its been so long since i whipped up a vanilla cake in my kitchen. Yours is inspiring me :D
    Thanks for visiting my blog Patricia :)

  4. Oh, I love how light and fluffy this cake looks! Beautiful!

  5. I love beautiful Vanilla cake like the one in this post, it always reminds me of celebrations like birthdays and weddings. I have to try this recipe.

    And before I leave, I’d like to thank you for bringing my blog some traffic, I appreciate it. Please feel free to check my blog, I do bake cakes often :)

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