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5 from 3 votes

Italian Cream Cake

A Favorite Southern Cake For Birthday's or Christmas. Adapted From Southern Living Holidays 2002 (or thereabouts)
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time23 mins
Total Time33 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 12
Author: Debbie Lawrence


  • 3 cups shaved coconut
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 5 large eggs separated
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • Simply Quick Caramel Frosting
  • Simply Quick Cream Cheese Frosting


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Place shaved coconut in a single layer in on a cookie sheet
  • Place pecans on a second cookie sheet.
  • Bake coconut and pecans at the same time 5 to 7 minutes or until coconut is toasted and pecans are lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring each halfway through cooking.
  • Using a heavy stand mixer beat butter and shortening at medium speed until fluffy
  • gradually add granulated and brown sugars, beating well.
  • Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.
  • Add vanilla, beating until blended.
  • Combine flour and baking soda
  • add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  • Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition.
  • Stir in pecans and 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut.
  • Using another bowl,beat egg whites at high speed until stiff peaks form, and fold into batter.
  • Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 23 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 1 hour).
  • Prepare Quick Caramel Frosting. Immediately spread frosting between layers and on top of cake. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting over sides of cake; press 3 cups toasted shaved coconut onto sides of cake.