This is an old recipe from my aunt. It is both famous and infamous in our family. It is absolutely irresistible.

Rory

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
35 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 3-layer 9-inch round cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease three 9 inch round cake pans. In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk; set aside.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter, shortening and white sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, buttermilk mixture, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup coconut, baking powder and flour. Stir until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared pans.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

767 calories; protein 8.2g 16% DV; carbohydrates 98g 32% DV; fat 39.7g 61% DV; cholesterol 139.8mg 47% DV; sodium 397.2mg 16% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2007
I've made this cake twice now. The first time I followed the original recipe first and the cake was yummy. It was a bit dense however, so the second time I followed HJONES999 suggestions (except did not add the salt) and, OMGosh... It was sooo much better. The cake was light and dreamy! I would without a doubt make this cake again... over and over, but with the suggested changes. This cake rocks!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/07/2005
I guess the other positive reviewers have never had real Italian Cream Cake. I'm not one to be harsh on other people's recipes, but this one is not correct. Problems: First, it doesn't make anywhere near enough batter for three 9 inch cake pans. Second, the cakes were impossible to free from the pans. You have to use parchment for this recipe. Third, the cakes do not rise. Italian cream cake is NOT supposed to be this dense. This was like a dry, greasy brownie. Solutions: 1. Use 1/2 tsp of salt, not 1 tsp of baking powder and, most importantly: 2. THE EGGS SHOULD BE SEPARATED. Blend the yolks in with the butter, shortening, and sugar, but don't add the buttermilk until you add the SIFTED flour, alternating both in small batches. Once the batter is mixed, beat the remaining egg whites until stiff peaks form, then fold this mixture into the batter gently. You may also add chopped nuts to the cake batter. These solutions will then fill three PARCHMENT LINED 9-inch cake pans, and when baked at 325 for 25 minutes, will turn out a true light, springy version of Italian Cream Cake. If you like the original recipe, that's great, but please, just don't call it "Italian Cream Cake." Because it isn't. Read More
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421 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 59
  • 3 star values: 23
  • 2 star values: 16
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 1 stars
06/07/2005
I guess the other positive reviewers have never had real Italian Cream Cake. I'm not one to be harsh on other people's recipes, but this one is not correct. Problems: First, it doesn't make anywhere near enough batter for three 9 inch cake pans. Second, the cakes were impossible to free from the pans. You have to use parchment for this recipe. Third, the cakes do not rise. Italian cream cake is NOT supposed to be this dense. This was like a dry, greasy brownie. Solutions: 1. Use 1/2 tsp of salt, not 1 tsp of baking powder and, most importantly: 2. THE EGGS SHOULD BE SEPARATED. Blend the yolks in with the butter, shortening, and sugar, but don't add the buttermilk until you add the SIFTED flour, alternating both in small batches. Once the batter is mixed, beat the remaining egg whites until stiff peaks form, then fold this mixture into the batter gently. You may also add chopped nuts to the cake batter. These solutions will then fill three PARCHMENT LINED 9-inch cake pans, and when baked at 325 for 25 minutes, will turn out a true light, springy version of Italian Cream Cake. If you like the original recipe, that's great, but please, just don't call it "Italian Cream Cake." Because it isn't. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2007
I've made this cake twice now. The first time I followed the original recipe first and the cake was yummy. It was a bit dense however, so the second time I followed HJONES999 suggestions (except did not add the salt) and, OMGosh... It was sooo much better. The cake was light and dreamy! I would without a doubt make this cake again... over and over, but with the suggested changes. This cake rocks!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2006
Very good! This was the first made from scratch cake I ever made and it was awesome! The only thing i would do differently is sprinkle the nuts on top. The nuts mixed in with the icing made it hard to spread out without tearing the cake up. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/27/2003
I did not like this at all. I did not use coconut and did not think it would matter as other reviewers had done. This was a really greasy oily cake. Perhaps the coconut would have absorbed some of the oil.----I'm changing my review. The next day this cake was wonderful. I think it takes a while for all the flavors to settle. I had a piece an hour after I was finished frosting it--it didn't taste right. The day after however it was moist flavorful and delicious. Four Stars! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2008
Hi there I made this tonight. It was really good and much admired by the crowd. I made the following changes: I added 1/4 cup oil to the batter based on the "thick" comments I read on other reviews. On the icing I forgot that others said that it wouldn't cover the whole cake easily so I doubled the icing recipe except I only had 8 oz of cream cheese so I got it the right consistency by adding cream till it worked well instead of an extra thing of cream cheese. The only thing I would do differently next time is possibly 1.5 the the recipe so that the 3 cake pans were fully loaded. When completed I cut it like the restaurants do so the pieces in the middle were all yummy and perfect but the the perimeter pieces were a little dried out as they were too thin and got a little more done. It really was quite good. I found this review in the saved file I just made it again on 8/26/08 again it was very good. I would say though about the negative ratings as a cook it always bothers me when people take a recipe remove ingredients and then give things a bad rating. I know people who don't share their recipes for just this reason. If you do get their recipes they have one motto: Make it exactly how it says in the instructions the first time then after that do anything you want. It's a soapbox but it's only fair. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
What a moist, rich, wonderful cake! I made this for a co-worker who was getting married. I don't eat cream cheese so I didn't try it, but everyone just RAVED about this cake. There wasn't a slice left! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2003
Truly is incredible! The first time I made it the cakes stuck to the pan (even after greasing and flouring it). So the second time I used wax paper on the bottom of the pans and it turned out great! I LOVE the icing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2003
This is my SECOND review. Have made this cake somewhere around 7-8 times now. All in the past couple of months. WONDERFUL cake. Tried and then continued to use both in the cake as well as the frosing vanilla butternut extract. Gives the cake a kick. Also I doubled the frosting for increased amts. between layers and then only used 2 layers freezing the third for the time. Made 2 at Thanksgiving and my family who are all chocoholic's were calling for this VANILLA recipe! Didn't give it to a sole! Love this cake! Thanks again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2006
I doubled this recipe and made a 11 x 18 sheet cake. There was a lot of batter and I even put some in a round cake pan. The cake has a good flavor especially with the creme cheese icing. Read More
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