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Italian Cream Cake with Cream Cheese Pecan Frosting

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 1418kcal
This made from scratch Italian cream cake is all kinds of indulgent! Simple to make, this sheet cake is perfectly moist and sweet and every bite is truly delicious!
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For the Cake:

  • 5 large eggs separated
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract or coconut milk optional
  • 1 cup toasted sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup toasted chopped pecans

For the Cream Cheese Pecan Frosting:

  • 12 tablespoons 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • cups confectioners’ sugar powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cream of coconut see *note below
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ¾ cup toasted pecans


For the Cake:

  • Adjust oven rack to middle positions and heat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish or 3 (8-inch) cake pans with baking spray.
  • Separate the eggs (yolks and whites) into separate bowls and beat the egg whites just to stiff peaks. Set the beaten whites and yolks aside.
  • Beat the butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until creamy and smooth.
  • Add sugar and beat until lighter in color and fluffier (about 3 minutes).
  • Add egg yolks beating until incorporated.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and salt.
  • In a different medium bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk.
  • Add flour mixture to butter/sugar/egg mixture alternately with buttermilk/soda mixture in three additions; beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat just until incorporated after each addition.
  • Stir in vanilla and coconut extracts, toasted pecans and coconut.
  • Fold in the beaten egg whites.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan(s). For a 9x13-inch cake, bake 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. For 8-inch round cakes, bake 25-30 minutes.
  • Cool the 9x13 cake in the pan set on a wire rack. If baking round cakes, remove them from the pans after 10 minutes. Cool completely on the wire racks, about 2 hours.
  • Frost with the Cream Cheese Pecan Frosting and…
  • Enjoy!

For the Cream Cheese Pecan Frosting:

  • Fit a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Beat together butter and sugar, on low speed, until mixed about 1 minute. Increase speed to medium-high and beat an additional 2 minutes or until paler in color and fluffy. Add cream of coconut, sour cream, vanilla extract and salt. Beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Add cream cheese, about 1 tablespoon at a time, and beat until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Fold in toasted pecans and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • If frosting an 8-inch, 3-layer cake, use about 1½ cups frosting between layers and spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides.
  • If frosting a 9x13-inch cake, spread desired amount of frosting on the top of the cake and smooth it out. Keep covered.
  • Cake can be refrigerated (covered) up to 3 days, but is best eaten within 24 hours.


  • If cream of coconut isn’t available, use coconut milk or just leave it out and add 1/3 cup sour cream instead of ¼ cup.
  • When you add in the beaten egg whites, gently fold them in rather than stir so that you don't loose the air.
  • Let the cake cool completely before frosting. If easier, you can make the cake the day before and frost it on the day of serving.


Calories: 1418kcal | Carbohydrates: 124g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 99g | Saturated Fat: 39g | Trans Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 247mg | Sodium: 934mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 97g | Vitamin A: 1908IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 3mg