Italian Cream-Filled Cake

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling


2 dozen

Updated: Aug. 25, 2022
This Italian cream dessert is very simple but fancy enough to serve as a birthday cake. It’s low on sugar and big on flavor. You can swap the lemon zest for orange or lime to change things up. You can also add a layer of jam on top of the first layer of dough—raspberry jam, marmalade jam or even Nutella work well. —Maria Morelli, West Kelowna, British Columbia
Italian Cream-Filled Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Dash salt
  • 2-1/3 cups plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1-2/3 cups sour cream
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in zest and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  2. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap. Refrigerate 1 portion and freeze 1 portion for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll refrigerated portion of dough to fit a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Refrigerate while making filling.
  4. Meanwhile, for filling, in a large bowl, combine yogurt, sour cream, flour and vanilla. With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold into yogurt mixture. Spread evenly over crust.
  5. Using a box grater, grate frozen dough portion over filling. Press lightly into filling. Bake until puffed and edges are light brown, 30-35 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars; if desired, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 198 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.