Italian Cream Cheese Cake Recipe
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Italian Cream Cheese Cake Recipe

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Buttermilk makes every bite of this awesome dessert moist and flavorful. I rely on this recipe year-round.—Joyce Lutz, Centerview, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 11 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 988 calories, 55g fat (25g saturated fat), 168mg cholesterol, 398mg sodium, 119g carbohydrate (95g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Beat until just combined. Stir in coconut and pecans.
  2. In another bowl, beat egg whites with clean beaters until stiff but not dry. Fold one-fourth of the egg whites into batter, then fold in remaining whites. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round pans.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. For frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Stir in pecans. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Refrigerate. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Italian Cream Cheese Cake in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2008, p11

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Murraybear1 User ID: 8236581 219181
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"moist,light and a taste of heaven"

Julia Kristine User ID: 5293668 217671
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"I made this cake for my girlfriends birthday, it was delicious. I can't have nuts but I did sneak a piece for quality control, Everyone loved it, birthday girl took the rest home, next day I wished I had taken a piece for myself, I have a convection oven, so had to watch layers carefully so they didn't overcook, but would I make it again? You bet I would..."

Tonyacooks User ID: 8166587 215167
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"I need a really tall cake....this says to use 3 Nine inch pans....can anyone confirm that this fills three nine inch pans fully, and bakes tall?"

okiegrama User ID: 913345 156840
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"This was delicious! My whole family loved it."

Bplynch User ID: 7363391 62548
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

"Yum! I made this for a co-workers birthday. They loved it! Great cake for something different!"

chocolate7861 User ID: 7170847 67116
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

"I had previously tried another coconut recipe that i loved but this was was the best!"

CoachCarrie User ID: 6531284 148215
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

"I made this for a birthday cake for a friend and everyone loved it. It was a hit and I will absolutely make again for special occasions (as it's pretty naughty in terms of calories... but it's cake and it's delicious and absolutely worth every bite!)."

schweitzerca User ID: 1064748 151802
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"I made this recipe exactly as it was written and it was exceptionally good. Got good reviews from everyone who ate some at the party. Would definitely make again as it's a standout among Italian Cream cake recipes."

lilamyg0 User ID: 5760493 145890
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"really 10 stars =)"

lilamyg0 User ID: 5760493 131102
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"For my husbands and I anniversary we order an Italian Cream cake for the past 3 yrs & pay quite a bit....I went to a friends house & had this wonderful cake needless to say I will be making my own from now on!"

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