Incredibly Delicious Italian Cream Cake

This is an old recipe from an aunt. It is absolutely irresistible.


12 servings

Cake Ingredients

1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups granulated (white) sugar
5 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flaked coconut
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups all-purpose flour

Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' (powdered) sugar
2 tablespoons light cream
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut


Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease three 9-inch round cake pans with Pan Release or baking spray with flour. In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter, shortening and white sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, buttermilk mixture, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup coconut, baking powder and flour. Stir until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared cake pans.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool 5 minutes before removing from pans. Place on a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

To Make Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/2 cup butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and confectioners' sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Mix in a small amount of cream to attain the desired consistency. Stir in chopped nuts and remaining flaked coconut. Spread between layers and on top and sides of cooled cake.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 35 minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 777; Total Fat: 41 g; Cholesterol: 154 mg; Sodium: 439 mg; Total Carbs: 97.6 g (Dietary Fiber: 1.4 g); Protein: 8.2 g

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