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Italian Cream Cake posted by nlb (Gifts From the Heart cookbook)

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Posted to Thread #9 at 5:34 pm on Dec 18, 2005

This is a beautiful and delicious cake. Every time I make it everyone is impressed. It's from a cookbook, Gifts from the Heart, made up of Home Ec teachers' favorite recipes.

Italian Cream Cake

1/2 c butter, softened
1/2 c shortening
2 c sugar
5 egg yolks
2 c all-purpose flour
1 t soda
1 c buttermilk
1 t pure vanilla extract
1 c chopped pecans
1 c flaked coconut
5 egg whites

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 cup flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter, shortening and sugar in mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add mixture of flour and soda alternately with buttermilk, mixing well after each addition. Blend in vanilla. Fold in pecans and 1 cup coconut. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold gently into batter. Pour into 3 greased and floured 8 or 9-inch round cake pans. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until layers test done. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool completely. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and over top and side of cake. Sprinkle with 1 remaining cup coconut. (You can also decorate with sliced almonds or even jellybeans!) Store in refrigerator.

Yield: 16 servings.

Cream Cheese Frosting (To Die For)

1/4 c butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 t pure vanilla extract
2 16 oz. pkgs. confectioners' sugar
1 to 2 T cream

Cream butter, cream cheese, egg and vanilla in mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar gradually, beating well after each addition. Add enough cream to make of desired spreading consistency.


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