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Italian Cream Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Italian-cream-cake
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time (Layers) 2 hours
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 pieces
Calories 1216kcal
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole buttermilk
  • 14 oz package sweetened flaked coconut divided
  • 1 ½ cup pecan pieces toasted divided
  • Frosting:
  • 2 (8 oz) blocks cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 lb powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon pure almond extract
  • reserved coconut toasted
  • ½ cup reserved toasted pecans


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 3 [9] inch round cake pans or spray with baking spray. Set aside.
  • Sift the flour, baking soda and baking powder together.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, pure vanilla and almond extracts. Beat until creamy and light beige in color, around 3-4 minutes
  • Add the eggs 1 at a time beating well after each addition.
  • Add the sifted dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk. After all has been added, increase the mixer speed and beat until fully combined.
  • Mix in ½ of the 14 ounce flaked coconut and 1 cup of toasted pecans by hand.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes back clean. Cool completely on a cooling rack.
  • For the frosting: Cream together the cream cheese and butter until light, fluffy and pale yellow in color. Add the vanilla and almond extracts. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating until creamy and smooth.
  • Line the edge of the cake plate with wax paper strips.
  • Frost the cake between the layers sprinkling each with reserved toasted pecan pieces.  Add the final layer and frost the top and sides.
  • Press toasted coconut on sides. Decorate the top as desired with the remaining chopped pecans. (See in the Cook's note for how to toast coconut)
  • Store chilled until serving.


a) To toast the pecans: Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast in a 350°F oven for 6-8 minutes. Cool completely before adding to the batter.
b) "How to" for toasting the coconut here
c) Alternative frosting technique: Mix the toasted pecans into the frosting by hand and spread onto the top and sides of the cake.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 1216kcal | Carbohydrates: 149g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 68g | Saturated Fat: 38g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 201mg | Sodium: 505mg | Potassium: 315mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 123g | Vitamin A: 1101IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 2mg