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Italian Cream Cake: An Easy Italian Cream Cake Recipe

(5 Votes)
SERVES
16
COOK TIME
15 Min
READY IN
15 Min

Our bakery-style Italian Cream Cake recipe may be a cake mix recipe, but it ends up with layer upon layer of a to-die-for from scratch taste, that will make you feel like a star baker. We know that Italian desserts can get a bit intimidating, which is why we know you're going to love how easy it is to make this Italian Cream Cake recipe. Invite over family and friends 'cause you know they're going to want to see what all the fuss is about.

What You'll Need:
  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package white cake mix with pudding
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (3-1/2-ounce) can flaked coconut
  • 1 2/3 cups chopped pecans, toasted, divided
  • 3 tablespoons rum (optional)
  • 2 (12-ounce) containers cream cheese frosting
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) round cake pans.
     
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cake mix, eggs, buttermilk, and oil 2 minutes. Stir in coconut and 2/3 cup pecans. Pour into prepared cake pans.
     
  3. Bake 15 to 17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.
     
  4. Sprinkle each cake layer with rum, if desired; let stand 10 minutes.
     
  5. Stir together frosting and remaining pecans. Spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake (See Tips). Chill 2 hours before slicing.
Notes
  • Always cool the cake layers completely and brush away excess crumbs before frosting. Stack the first 2 layers on a serving plate, bottom-side up, then place the top layer right-side up. This will make a straight and tall cake. Spread a thin layer of frosting on the sides to set any crumbs then spread frosting generously on the sides and tops. There...you’ve got a perfect layer cake!
     
  • If you liked this recipe, be sure to check out our free eBook, Classic Cakes: 24 Easy Cake Recipes to Enjoy Year-Round!
     
  • Want even more Italian sweets? Then be sure to check out our collection of 8 Easy Italian Dessert Recipes.

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