This vanilla cloud cake has the texture of an angel food cake but with a rich vanilla flavor and is perfect for just about any occasion.
vanilla cloud cakeThis is a vanilla cake for chocolate lovers.

The real deal, bonifide,ย you can just take those glimmers of skepticism I see in your eyes and put them back where the sun don’t shine cake.


As the lone vanilla fiend marrying into a family of chocolate lovers, I like to think I am an expert on such matters, asย I am often put in the awkward position of having to choose between making things I don’t really like OR figuring out how to make something sans cacao that is so delicious that the chocolate isn’t even missed.

And I’m a little stubborn when it comes to my sweet treats. So there’s that.

But if you’re going to convince chocolate fiends that something wholly vanilla is worth eating, you really have to bring your A game.

And this cake is basically your A++ game.

It’s light and fluffy in the way of the angel food cake, but it is rich with vanilla flavor and smothered in a creamy, subtly sweet, and slightly tangy cream cheese/whipped cream fusion frosting.

With this on the table, it’s pretty much guaranteed that everyone will go back for seconds…even the loudest of the chocolate enthusiasts.


Have you guys tried Coffee-Mate‘s new line of Extra Sweet & Creamy flavor? Not only does it add a little bit of extra oomph (in the form of creamy sweetness) to your coffee, but it is my secret ingredient in this frosting. It adds just the perfect amount of sweetness to compliment the cream cheese tang, but without being overbearing or sickeningly sweet.

Coffee-Mate has several levels of coffee creamer sweetness, ranging from Original to Italian Sweet Creme, and now to their newest offering – Extra Sweet & Creamy. So no matter how you take your coffee (or your frosting) there really is a flavor for everyone.

Make sure to followย Coffee-mate on Twitterย for more delicious fun and even some giveaway opportunities!


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Vanilla Cloud Cake
This vanilla cloud cake has the texture of an angel food cake but with a rich vanilla flavor and is perfect for just about any occasion.
Yield: 1 10-inch bundt cake
For the cake
  • 1½ cups superfine sugar, divided
  • ¾ cup cake flour
  • 2 cups egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
For the frosting
  • 8 oz lowfat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 oz white chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1¾ cups heavy cream
  • ¼ cup Coffee-mate Extra Sweet & Creamy liquid creamer (or more heavy cream)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  1. Heat oven to 350, making sure there is a rack in the lower third of the oven.
  2. Whisk together half of the sugar and the flour. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt on a medium-high speed until it holds soft peaks. With the mixer still running, slowly pour in the remaining sugar and beat until glossy and forms stiff peaks. Mix in the vanilla bean paste.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture in three additions, gently folding after each. Scrape into a 10-inch angel food cake pan with a removable bottom and smooth to ensure the surface is even. Bake for 40-46 minutes, or until the cake is deep golden, cracks have formed in it, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs. Invert the pan onto the neck of a wine bottle so that it hangs upside down. Let cool. Run a thin spatula or knife around the edge of the pan so that the cake loosens. Transfer to a serving platter.
  5. For the frosting, beat the cream cheese and melted white chocolate together in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth. In a separate bowl, whip together the heavy cream and Coffee-mate until stiff peaks form. Add in the vanilla extract and bean paste. Stir about one third of the whipped cream into the cream cheese so that it is easier to mix in. Gently fold in the remaining whipped cream.
  6. Frost the cake as desired.
Adapted from Pure Vanilla: Irresistible Recipes and Essential Techniques
Rose frosting technique inspired by I Am Baker
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice

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81 Responses to Vanilla Cloud Cake

  1. Beth says:

    Absolutely stunning! You don’t have to sell me at all.

  2. This cake is so beautiful! I wouldn’t even want to eat it. Just look at it in awe!

  3. This cake is really pretty, Joanne! I bet it is delicious as well. It looks like it came from a bakery!

  4. Simply Life says:

    this could be your wedding cake- it’s beautiful!

  5. Vanilla cake for chocolate loves??? I swear you must be talking directly to me! My kind of cake through and through. And, love those roses!

  6. I almost always choose chocolate over vanilla but I would happily take a giant slice of this cake any day!

  7. Trisha says:

    Gorgeous cake! I love the roses. Sometimes I actually crave vanilla over chocolate, (so weird I know!) so I’ll need no convincing to make this cake. I think it would be perfect for Easter!

  8. Your decorating is gorgeous! I am impressed. I love all things vanilla as much as I love all things chocolate, so I know I’d fall in love with this cake, no problem ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Taylor Kiser says:

    Yes! Someone who likes vanilla cake better!
    I love chocolate…but not chocolate cake for some reason.
    This cake is breathtaking girl!

  10. Emma says:

    I saw this on instagram and was blown away by it! Stunning. You’re a really talented cake decorator Joanne!

  11. Beautiful cake!!! Love the rosettes. And I love the sound of the rich vanilla flavor.

  12. Karly says:

    Yes! Either make it chocolate or make it extra perfectly vanilla! You rock at decorating cakes, too. I am so, so bad at that.

  13. Teffy says:

    I’ve never had cloud cake – or angel cake – but just the sound and look of it sounds so ethereally delicious!!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  14. Kinsey says:

    Those rosettes look beautiful! I would make this for my brother’s birthday on Monday if he wasn’t so hell-bent on chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Looks like I’ll have to make up a new holiday that’s celebrated with cake! (Maybe college acceptance day?)

  15. Oh my gosh Joanne! Your cake looks amazing! It’s so pretty! This looks so professional and would be perfect for a wedding. I love it!!

  16. cheri says:

    The cake is stunning. You have to give out tips about how to decorate, it looks so professional. Love this!

  17. Vanilla cake for chocolate lovers? That would totally be me! Looks delicious! I’m a sucker for roses on a cake. They somehow make it look 20x better. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. sandra says:

    hell, the flowers alone aught to have them salivating. I know it did me.

  19. We have a cupcake shop in town that offers hundreds of flavor combos – choose your cake flavor + choose your frosting. My husband’s and my order is always the same, vanilla vanilla. You have made the PERFECT cake!

  20. The cake looks gorgeous! You did such a beautiful job! Looks like a little wedding cake ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. danielle says:

    I have done a few posts for coffee mate and I love how much flavor you can add to recipes by using the creamer. Im a chocolate lover so I may need to test out your recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. So…..this is a sexy-sexy cake! Dang gurrrrl! And yes, BIG fan of their creamers;)

  23. I am so intrigued by this. I’m not sure if I want to eat it or sleep on it. It’s so fluffy!

  24. This cake would definitely make me forget all about chocolate (I am both a chocolate and vanilla gal).

  25. Teach me your cake decorating skills!!!

  26. Joanne YOU are amazing! First, the brownies and now this luscious white angel cake ? We are gaining weight just looking at all the photos…. You are killing us with these amazing desserts! But we love you always! xxoo Anna and Liz

  27. Corina says:

    I love vanilla almost as much as chocolate and for some things, like ice-cream, I definitely prefer it. This cake looks wonderful.

  28. Looks so dreamy and beautiful! So are you planning to make your own wedding cake?

  29. Kate says:

    Your roses are gorgeous!

  30. you sure you want to pursue medicine and not as a ‘cake decorator’ – beautifully done friend ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Oh Joanne, this is the vanilla cake to end all vanilla cakes, it looks like a wedding dress! I absolutely love it, pinned!

  32. You are 100% right!! This is the exact kind of vanilla dessert to make this chocolate lover play on the vanilla side!!! AND IT’S GOOORGEOUUUS!

  33. Deena kakaya says:

    Oh my word, I love the name for this cake, very fitting…looks light, beautiful, dreamy and sweet! Very pretty xx

  34. The name of this cake says it all! I can imagine that it must taste like a delicate cloud of sweetness. Beautiful!

  35. P says:

    This cake LOOKS like a cloud ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Shannon says:

    oh man, that frosting. i’d eat it all before it ever got to the cake…

  37. I’m totally with you on being a vanilla cake lover. And your rose frosting is gorgeous! One of these days I will play with more fun frosting techniques

  38. Now I know what to do with all the darn leftover egg whites in my fridge! Thank you!

  39. Isn’t Extra Sweet & Creamy super delicious? I’ve been having it with my tea in the morning, can’t get enough!

  40. Hotly Spiced says:

    That’s a beautiful looking cake and I love how you decorated it. I’d love to try your frosting with the coffee-mate in it! xx

  41. Jess says:

    Wow, as ever the cake looks absolutely stunning, Joanne! I love the swirls of buttercream- so pretty! ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. I would take vanilla cake over chocolate cake any day, so you don’t need to win me over – but this would have done if I’d been resistant! What beautiful icing too.

  43. It looks so light and fluffy, I want to be an angel on a cloud, eating this cake ๐Ÿ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  44. Johanna GGG says:

    It looks amazing but when you said it was a vanilla cake for chocolate lovers part of me was really hoping that below the vanilla frosting was a dense chocolate cake ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. sallybr says:

    I agree, this could very well be your wedding cake! Gorgeous, and to me perfect, I am more into vanilla than chocolate, although I must say Phil has been working hard to convert me, and with some success….

    not sure where you will go for a honey moon, but make sure to set Paris as a future goal – this is simply THE place to be in love…..

  46. Monica says:

    ‘Vanilla cake for chocolate lovers’ is a bold statement! ; ) But I trust you…it certainly looks beautiful. Makes me think of weddings and wedding cakes…

  47. Daniela says:

    Even the name of this melt in the mouth cake is so beautiful!

  48. So pretty! I’ve always been a huge vanilla lover and this cake looks like a vanilla dream!

  49. Oh my gosh Joanne! This is the prettiest cake ever. I love your use of coffee-mate!! I need to learn that rose frosting technique – it’s amazing!

  50. Julia says:

    Your cakes are so flippity flipping pretty, I can barely stand it!! I’m a definite chocolate lover, but I also swing to the vanilla song, and seriously, your A++ game looks like a game I want to play allllll day long!! LOVE THIS! Have a fabulous weekend, beautiful!

  51. Wow, those white roses are absolutely gorgeous! That’s a gift to be able to pipe them so perfectly! I bet the sponge is so light and fluffy with just the egg whites in it. I definitely agree with another commenter that this could easily be a simple wedding cake. Beautiful!

  52. Can’t believe there’s coffee mate in that gorgeous frosting. Who knew it was so versatile?

  53. This looks soooo good! I love vanilla cake and the Coffee Mate in it sounds like a great addition.

  54. This cake looks heavenly and it is so pretty too ahhhh. And you sold me with that frosting – it sounds like the best thing ever!

  55. Ahhh this cake looks incredible. End of.

  56. Megan says:

    I’m definitely a chocolate lover, but I appreciate a good vanilla dessert too. This cake sounds wonderful!

  57. Oh my goodness, that cake is gorgeous!

  58. Reeni says:

    So BEAUTIFUL!! I’d trade in my chocolate cake for this one any time! That light and fluffy frosting is just irresistible.

  59. *raises hand* I totally prefer vanilla over chocolate and everyone thinks I’m crazy! That cake is epic, Joanne. Those flowers are perfection…I can only imagine how good it tastes.

  60. Veronica says:

    You are terribly cruel and unusual for only showing the perfect outside and not the fluffy, dreamy interior. AAAA, you taunt me. I shall pay you back some day.

  61. This cake is going on my to do list!

  62. Kathy says:

    I have always been a vanilla girlโ€ฆbut lately Iโ€™ve really been enjoying deep dark chocolate. Your cake has just brought me back to my vanilla roots! Simply gorgeous cake, Joanne!! Iโ€™d love to try that frosting, it looks luscious!

  63. This chocoholic will take a giant slice of this vanilla cake, please! It looks so lovely!

  64. Foodiewife says:

    It is a known fact that my son and I adore vanilla cake. Husband…chocolate. I’m on the prowl for the ultimate white cake. Oh my, this one looks like it could be “the one”. You have really set the bar high for ultimate cakes, girlfriend. Pinning!

  65. Stunning!! Love the rosettes ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. grace says:

    that’s really pretty, joanne! makes me miss my days of cake decorating. ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. I’m a vanilla lover too but often find myself making chocolate desserts to please a crowd. This looks like a crowd pleaser though – so beautiful!

  68. Such gorgeous cake, i wouldn’t dare to cut themโ€ฆ.with white chocolate yum!

  69. Beautiful and it sounds delicious. Never thought you could use a coffee creamer in baking.

  70. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This cake is gorgeous! I can just imagine how perfectly soft this cake is, I can’t wait to get a slice or two ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. Betty says:

    Would love to learn how you decorated the cake with rosettes. Can you show how you made them via photos or a video on your website?

  72. Rena says:

    Hi-ya! Your cake looks fab! Think I could make it in cupcakes? I need something to make for my son’s schools Summer Fete on Saturday and I’m bored of the usual chocolate cupcakes I usually make for events. Thanks! xx

  73. Disappointed on Christmas says:

    Not a good recipe. Should of known when no one has actually baked it that left reviews. Just reviews that the frosting is pretty ?????

  74. Jim says:

    I agree with all the praise about the appearance, BUT WAIT! How on earth do you get that, with cake baked in an Angelfood pan with the big ol’ hole in the center??

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