This cake was really good. I didn’t use the vanilla bean. I used vanilla extract instead, which turned out just right. The only thing was when you added the compote to the cake it actually leaked and went everywhere. Maybe adding some cornstarch to thicken it up would be better so that it doesn’t run out of the cake. Living in the south the heat played a role in the icing. I had to refrigerate many times during the icing process. So when making this cake plan your day for this cake. Start to finish took me about 3-1/2 hours or so due to refrigeration time. Overall it’s worth it!