Sunday, December 19, 2010

Italian Cream Cake

Italian cream cake! It has been a favorite of mine for years and years, but I haven't made it in a while. It's great for Christmas because it's all white. You could garnish it with sugared cranberries to make it look more festive.

It's a three-layer coconut cake with cream cheese/coconut/pecan frosting - not sure where the Italian part comes in, but it's absolutely delicious! I've adapted the technique of the original recipe quite a bit to make it lighter and fluffier. Note that the layers will be fairly thin.

Italian Cream Cake

1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups white sugar
5 eggs, yolks and whites separated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour


8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons cream or milk
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease three 9-inch round cake pans; put a parchment round in the bottom; and grease again. In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk; set aside.
2.In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter, shortening and white sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the yolks and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix flour with salt and alternate adding it to batter with buttermilk mixture. Add coconut and stir until just combined. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form and stir gently into batter. Pour batter into the prepared pans.
3.Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
4.To Make Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/2 cup butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and confectioners' sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Mix in a small amount of cream to attain the desired consistency. Stir in chopped nuts and remaining flaked coconut. Spread between layers and on top and sides of cooled cake.


Alison... said...


Kristen said...

i'm so glad i had some! YUM-O

Jennifer Wood said...

Ms. Stephanie
Can't wait to try this cake...but where is that scrumptious reese's cake you made for Cricket's birthday...Oh was so delicious!!! Heavenly and soooo rich. If I was Cricket - I wouldn't have shared it, that was so sweet of her to let us taste your awesomeness. Thanks!

Stephanie Carnes said...

Jennifer, I just posted it! I'm glad you got to have some - and that you liked it!

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