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Italian Cream Cake

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"My mother-in-law gave me this recipe when her son and I got married. It comes out great every time, even with minimal cake-baking experience! People who don't like coconut and cream cheese both have commented how surprised they are that they love this cake!"
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1 h 25 m servings 781 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 9-inch layer cake)

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  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease three 9-inch round cake pans and line with waxed paper.
  2. Mix flour and baking soda together in a small bowl.
  3. Beat 1/2 cup butter and lard together in a bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add sugar; beat until smooth. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk, beating batter briefly after each addition.
  4. Fold 1 cup pecans, coconut, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract into the batter.
  5. Beat egg whites with clean beaters in a glass, metal, or ceramic bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Divide batter among prepared pans.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in pans, about 5 minutes. Invert cakes onto cooling racks; let cool completely, 25 to 30 minutes.
  7. Beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter in a bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add confectioners' sugar and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract; beat frosting until smooth.
  8. Spread a thin layer of frosting between cooled cake layers. Frost sides and top of cake. Sprinkle 1/2 cup pecans on top.


  • Cook's Note:
  • If frosting seems too thick in step 7, add a little milk.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 781 calories; 42.2 g fat; 95.2 g carbohydrates; 8.3 g protein; 128 mg cholesterol; 509 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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