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Homemade Makeover Italian Cream Cake Recipe

Homemade Makeover Italian Cream Cake Recipe

Toasted pecans and coconut take this moist cake from good to great, but it's the cream cheese frosting that makes it truly extraordinary. Thank goodness it's a makeover, because you'll definitely want seconds! —Christy White, Oxford, Mississippi
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted


  • 1. Line two 9-in. round baking pans with waxed paper. Coat pans with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in applesauce and vanilla (mixture will appear curdled). Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Fold in pecans and coconut.
  • 3. Pour into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  • 5. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle pecans over top of cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 297 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 180mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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myrk User ID: 1185373 244086
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

"VERY good and delicious. Keep the recipe on my best list."

miffy1234 User ID: 8664775 241520
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2016


LynetteMichelle User ID: 6645729 176532
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"I made this for a game night, everyone loved it!!"

maryvandorin User ID: 1430948 107775
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"I've made this several times and we really like it."

Renette89 User ID: 4631835 188192
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"I have made this many time but have never put in the walnuts. It is absolutely delicious. I even sprinkle some coconut on top."

kitilardi User ID: 4775897 121184
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2010

"This cake was delicious. My family and friends loved it and ask me to make it again and again."

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