Italian Cream Cake Recipe

You'll love this Italian cream cake recipe!

 

Ingredients:

Cake:

1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
5 eggs (that have been separated)
2 cups sugar (granulated)
1/2 cup of butter that has been softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (3-ounce) can sweetened coconut

Cream Cheese Frosting:

12 ounces of softened cream cheese
6 tablespoons of butter that has been softened
24 ounces confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

Preparation:

1. Warm up the oven to 350F. Oil three 9-inch cake tins and line the bottom with baking parchment (or wax paper). 

2. Blend the baking soda and buttermilk well. 

3. Beat egg whites with a beater at high speed until they become stiff. 

4. Now add granulated sugar, shortening and butter and blend at medium speed till it becomes light. Put in egg yolks, one by one, mixing well. 

5. Put in buttermilk/baking soda mixture, alternating it with the flour. Add the vanilla, stirring it in well. Fold the egg whites into the mixture. Blend the coconut in and then put the mixture into the prepared cake tins. 

6. Cook in the oven for around 20 minutes (possibly slightly less). Like many other cakes, this one will be ready when a toothpick inserted into the center can be withdrawn clean.

7. Let the cake cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then take it to finish the cooling process on a wire rack. 

8. To make the frosting, mix cream cheese and butter; blend at moderate speed till it becomes fluffy. Lower the blender speed; and combine confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Add the pecans now while stirring. 

9. Spoon frosting in between the layers, sides and top of the cake. Keep the cake in the refrigerator. 

It has been said that this cake tastes best if it is not eaten until it has chilled for 24 hours!  

Hey, we know that the tasty dessert won't last that long at your house, but you might want to save a good chunk to try to see what it tastes like after 24 hours in case you prepare it for a dinner party at a later date.  


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