Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake

This Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake is light and airy, with a pure vanilla scent from the vanilla beans flavoring the cake. It’s the perfect light dessert when served with berries and whipped cream.

This Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake is light and airy, with a pure vanilla scent from the vanilla beans flavoring the cake. It's the perfect light dessert when served with berries and whipped cream.My thesis is done! This past Friday, my team presented to our client and turned in our 50+ page report. Phew. Felt so good.

My thesis class, strategic consulting, was pretty unique in that we consulted with actual businesses. We were in teams of three and consulted with companies, big and small, and developed strategic recommendations for their businesses, for them to actually implement. It was an incredibly cool process and so valuable to be so hands on with a company.

This Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake is light and airy, with a pure vanilla scent from the vanilla beans flavoring the cake. It's the perfect light dessert when served with berries and whipped cream.Some of my classmates are consulting for a vanilla company called Lafaza Vanilla. In class, we were sharing about our companies and my friends who are working with Lafaza were talking about the company and their sustainable practices in Madagascar. Then they started talking about their products and of course, my ears perked up. In addition to vanilla extract and vanilla beans, they also have vanilla bean powder! It’s too cool.

Fast forward: my friends in the Lafaza group mentioned Bakerita to their clients, and they offered to send me some of their products to try! I needed to try that vanilla powder, so of course I said yes.

This Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake is light and airy, with a pure vanilla scent from the vanilla beans flavoring the cake. It's the perfect light dessert when served with berries and whipped cream.The vanilla extract, vanilla beans, and vanilla powder have been sitting on my desk for a few weeks now, and I’ve been too busy to use it in the way it deserved to be used: carefully and lovingly. Finally, after finishing my thesis, I decided what to make with the vanilla.

Angel food cake was the perfect way to showcase the delicate vanilla flavor, and I knew the vanilla bean seeds would look gorgeous studded throughout the soft fluffy white interior of the cake.

This Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake is light and airy, with a pure vanilla scent from the vanilla beans flavoring the cake. It's the perfect light dessert when served with berries and whipped cream.Angel food cake can be a bit fussy, but a few tips and you should be good:

1) Keep the pan ungreased! The batter needs something to cling to (the sides of the pan) in order to rise, since the egg whites are the only leavening agent.

2) Fresh eggs, always. Egg whites from the carton are a tempting shortcut, but the pasteurization process inhibits their whipping ability. It’s worth the time investment to crack the eggs yourself, and whip just to medium stiff peaks.

3) Invert while cooling. Even if you did everything right until now, your cake won’t be as light and fluffy as possible unless you let it cool upside down. My pan has little legs that hold it up upside down, but if your doesn’t place the center over a bottle or funnel.

This Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake is light and airy, with a pure vanilla scent from the vanilla beans flavoring the cake. It's the perfect light dessert when served with berries and whipped cream.Follow these tips, and you should be on your way to fluffy cake heaven! The vanilla flavor in this cake is strong and makes the cake smell absolutely incredible. The seeds of a full vanilla bean are rubbed into the sugar and pure vanilla extract is combined with the meringue. I also used a sprinkle of the vanilla powder, because I had to try it out!

The resulting angel food cake is soft, light, airy, and perfect served with freshly whipped cream and strawberries. This cake is the perfect dessert for a spring or summer evening, and will hold up to all sorts of delicious fruits and toppings. I love how it pairs so simply with the strawberries and the whipped cream though – it’s perfect in it’s simplicity. Enjoy!

This Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake is light and airy, with a pure vanilla scent from the vanilla beans flavoring the cake. It's the perfect light dessert when served with berries and whipped cream.This post is not sponsored by Lafaza, but I was sent these products to try. All opinions are my own, as always.

Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake
 
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Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups cake flour
  • 1¼ cups white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups egg whites (11 eggs whites for me)
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
Directions
  1. Beat egg whites until they form medium stiff peaks, and then add cream of tartar and vanilla extract.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine vanilla bean seeds and sugar. Rub the vanilla into the sugar with your fingers. Add the flour and salt and whisk together thoroughly until all clumps are broken up and the flour and sugar are fully incorporated.
  3. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the egg whites, making sure the flour is fully incorporated, and then pour into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan.
  4. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Cook for about 45 minutes to one hour, or until cake is golden brown.
  5. Remove the cake from the oven, and place it upside down on a bottle or metal funnel to keep from crushing the top. Let the cake cool for 1½ hours. This cooling period sets the structure, and keeps the cake from collapsing.
  6. Loosen the edges of the cake with a knife, and remove it from the pan. Serve with freshly whipped cream and strawberries.

 

Comments

  1. Congrats on your thesis being done! That is huge news friend! How beautiful is this vanilla bean angel food cake? I’d love a big ‘ole slice!

  2. I adore this cake, Rachel! So fluffy and vanilla-y! Yum.

    And hurrah about your thesis! <3
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  3. Congratulations! You must be so relieved to have your thesis finished! You sure know how to celebrate. This cake is beautiful and what a great story! I love that you can see the little pieces of vanilla bean throughout!
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  4. Wow, it looks perfect, just like an angel food cake should look. Not to mention the photography itsels – inspiring!
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  5. Angel food cake is my absolute FAVORITE cake! If that makes me boring, then so be it. It’s just so light and chewy and melts in your mouth. After seeing your pictures I will never again eat it without berries and cream!

  6. This looks amazing! Angel food cake is just the BEST! SO light and airy and yours looks lovely.
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  7. I loooove that you can see the little flecks of vanilla bean in this airy cake! It’s beautiful, I love it!

  8. OMG angel food cake is my fave!! I’m not even saying that, since growing up it has always been my favorite cake for any celebrations, love the vanilla bean flavor!
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  9. Congrats on turning in your thesis!! I bet that is a HUGE relief. I avoided writing a thesis, still not sure how I never had to write one. But this vanilla bean angel food cake looks like the best way to celebrate! That is too cool your classmates mentioned your blog and you got to try these products. You get an A+++++ :)
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    • I had a few friends who didn’t have to write one…SO jealous! But at least I’m done :) Thanks so much for your compliments, and it was definitely a nice perk – the vanilla products are seriously superb and I want to put that powder in everything!

  10. You are such a rockstar, Rachel! A whiz in class and in the kitchen (: Congratulations on finishing your thesis – it must be such a good feeling. I did a senior thesis just last year, and it felt so incredible turning it all in, after months of hard work. This angel food cake looks like the perfect celebratory treat!! It’s gorgeous!!
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  11. This cake looks so fluffy and beautiful! I love the chopped strawberries to serve! Yummy recipe, Rachel! :D
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  12. Angel food cake is one of my favorites, and I can imagine it tastes even more incredible with the vanilla bean! Your photos are so pretty, Rachel! :)
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  13. Angel food cake is by far my most favorite. I’ve even turned it into cupcakes a few weeks ago. This is an amazing recipe. And congrats on your thesis. :)
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  14. Jeannie says:

    So the recipe doesn’t require butter ? Will the cake not stick to the mould without any greasing ingredient? I have spoilt a few cakes trying to take them out of the mould even where the recipe called for butter so a little apprehensive.
    Could you please also let me know te measurement in gms and temperature in degrees if that’s not asking for too much?

    Thanks in anticipation.
    <3

    • Hi Jeannie, this recipe doesn’t require butter because of the type of cake it is, and using butter even just on that pan will ruin the cake. Angel food cake needs to rise and climb against the side of the pan and using any sort of greasing agent will make the cake very dense. Here is a good chart to convert to measurements to grams. Hope this helps! Good luck.

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