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Italian Cream Cheese Cake Recipe

Italian Cream Cheese Cake Recipe

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 YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 2 packages (one 8 ounces, one 3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Beat just until combined. Stir in coconut and pecans.
  • 2. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold a fourth of the egg whites into batter, then fold in remaining whites. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.
  • 3. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. In a large bowl, 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. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Italian Cream Cheese Cake

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"moist,light and a taste of heaven"

MY REVIEW
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..."

MY REVIEW
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?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

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

MY REVIEW
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!)."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"really 10 stars =)"

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"I am back again....I forgot to rate it! And, I also forgot to say that my daughter did make one change and that was she used walnuts instead of pecans. I plan to use the walnuts also and I plan one other change...I am not going to put the walnuts in the icing but instead, I am goind to sprinkle ground walnuts on the top! My own personal preference."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"My daughter made this cake for Thanksgiving and it is DELICIOUS! It is very rich and oh sooooo good! I am going to make it for our annual Christmas dinner that we have with friends."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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