Chocolate Italian Cream Cake


A chocolaty take on the classic Italian cream cake.

1 to 8 - layer inch cake


  • ½ cup butter

  • ½ cup shortening

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 5 eggs

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup shredded coconut

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • 1 cup cream cheese

  • ½ cup butter

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans. Separate the eggs.

  2. Cream 1/2 cup of the butter, shortening and sugar together. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the vanilla.

  3. Sift soda, flour and 1/4 cup cocoa together. Add alternately with buttermilk to the creamed mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Stir in the coconut and 1 cup of the chopped pecans.

  4. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and fold into the batter. Pour batter into the prepared cake pans.

  5. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cakes cool completely before frosting between layers and on sides.

  6. To Make Frosting: Cream the cream cheese and butter together. Sift confectioner's sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa, beating in a little at a time until well-creamed. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup pecans.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1018 Calories
58g Fat
120g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 1018
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 58g 74%
Saturated Fat 24g 120%
Cholesterol 168mg 56%
Sodium 409mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 120g 44%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 94g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 92mg 7%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 315mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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