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This Italian Cream Cake is a tender buttermilk and coconut cake, topped with a cream cheese icing, pecans, and more coconut.

Italian Cream Cake | www.tasteandtellblog.com

I love babies. Really, really, love them. And I’m always so excited when I have a friend that is expecting a little one. The little toes, the little clothes, that newborn baby smell – I love everything about them!

And today, I’m so excited to be celebrating the upcoming birth of a dear blogging friend’s baby – Aggie from Aggie’s Kitchen.

Baby Shower for Aggie

A few of Aggie’s friends are all gathering together today to throw her and her baby bump a virtual baby shower today. Oh, how I wish we could all get together in person to celebrate!! I had the honor of meeting Aggie a couple of years ago when she was in Salt Lake City for a conference, and even though we only spent a few short hours together, I knew that I had met someone that I want to know forever. I’m so grateful for this crazy blogging world and for the opportunity it brings to introduce me to wonderful people like Aggie.

Italian Cream Cake | www.tasteandtellblog.com

We are all bringing Italian foods to this virtual baby shower, and when I signed up with what I wanted to bring, an Italian Cream Cake came to mind. I had never made one before, and had always wanted to try, and the Italian part popped into my head. Now, honestly, I’m not even sure this is Italian. I always thought it was more southern than Italian, but since it says Italian, I can go with it, right? 🙂

There are lots of variations to this cake, but I decided to stick with a version that has coconut in the cake layers, and is topped with coconut, and the only nuts are on the outside of the cake. And I saw a lot of versions that used walnuts, but since I prefer pecans, that is what I went with.

Regardless of whether this is really Italian or not, it’s the perfect dessert to share with friends, especially a bunch of food bloggers. I know I’d go back for a second slice!!

Make sure you check out the whole spread of food that was made just for Aggie. What a party!!

Sundried Tomato Hummus from Robyn of Add a Pinch
Melon & Prosicutto Balls from Paula of bell’alimento
Bruschetta from Sheila of Eat2gather
Jalapeno Poppers from Ali of Gimme Some Oven
Grilled Naan White Pizza Bites from Jamie of Mom’s Cooking Club
Watermelon Feta Bites with Basil Olive Oil from Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer
Pesto Caprese Fried Wontons from Julie of The Little Kitchen
Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Crostini from Cheryl of TidyMom

Toasted Coconut Milkshakes from Bev of Bev Cooks
Lemon Cream Soda from Angie of Eclectic Recipes
Peach Sorbet Bellini and Spritzers from Shaina of Food for My Family
Non Alcoholic Berry Spritzer from Lisa of Jersey Girl Cooks
Virgin Peach & Raspberry Bellinis from Milisa of Miss in the Kitchen
Italian Basil Sparkling Lemonade from Marly of Namely Marly
Italian Sodas from Laura of Real Mom Kitchen
Cafe Mocha Punch from Amy of She Wears Many Hats

Italian Chopped Salad in a Jar {with Creamy Caesar Dressing} from Brenda of a farmgirl’s dabbles
Caprese Salad with Mozzarella Crisps from Christine of Cook the Story
Pesto Pasta Stuffed Tomatoes from Suzanne of Kokocooks
Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad from Liz of The Lemon Bowl
Herbed Israeli Couscous Salad with Tomato and Mozzarella from Rachel of Rachel Cooks
Chickpea, Avocado, & Feta Salad from Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod
Lentil and Chickpea Layered Salad from Lisa of With Style & Grace

Chicken Cacciatore from Meagan of A Zesty Bite
Zucchini, Bell Pepper & Edamame Stir-Fry from Cassie of Bake Your Day
Potato-Crusted Vegetarian Quiche with Zucchini, Tomatoes & Feta from Dara of Cookin’ Canuck
“Straw & Hay” Tagliatelle in Cream Sauce from Flavia of Flavia’s Flavors
Grilled Italian Chicken with Veggie & Bow Tie Pasta from Katie of Katie’s Cucina
Grilled Naan Pizza with Summer Veggies & Turkey Sausage from Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks
Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Panini from Kathy of Panini Happy

Fresh Blueberry Shortbread with Lemon Cream Frosting from Sommer of A Spicy Perspective
Crostata di Mango from Lora of Cake Duchess
Italian Ice from Kristen of Dine & Dish
Roasted Banana and Nutella S’mores Bruschetta from Jenny of Picky Palate
Italian Cream Cake from Deborah of Taste and Tell
Panna cotta from Leslie of The hungry housewife
Fortune Cookies from Shari of Tickled Red
Baby Vanilla Bean Scones a la Starbucks from Tara of Unsophisticook

Italian Cream Cake | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Italian Cream Cake
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This Italian Cream Cake is a tender buttermilk and coconut cake, topped with a cream cheese icing, pecans, and more coconut.
Serves: 16 servings
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
  • 12 ounces cream cheese
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons cream
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup sweetened, flaked coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 3 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg yolks and the vanilla.
  3. In a bowl, sift together the salt and the flour. Mix ⅓ of the buttermilk into the batter, followed by half of the flour mixture. Add in another ⅓ of the buttermilk, the remaining flour, then the remaining buttermilk. Stir in the coconut.
  4. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes, then remove from the pans. Allow to cool completely.
  6. Make the frosting: Cream together the cream cheese and butter. Beat in the vanilla, then beat in the powdered sugar. If the frosting is too stiff, add in the cream, 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  7. Spread the frosting between the layers, and then on the top and sides of the cake. Press the pecans into the sides of the cake, and add the coconut to the top of the cake.

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32 Responses to Italian Cream Cake {Virtual Baby Shower}

  1. Congrats to Aggie!
    And your cake? Amazing! Now I want to make an Italian cream cake too! 🙂

  2. Italian Cream Cake is one of my favorite special desserts! This looks amazing! Congrats to Aggie!

  3. Tieghan says:

    This is stunning and the perfect cake for a baby shower! wow!

  4. Mmmmm…I love everything about this cake, gorgeous! What a perfect sweet treat for a baby shower.

  5. Kathy says:

    This cake looks amazing! Perfect for a baby shower!

  6. Marly says:

    I’m glad someone in this group made a cake…otherwise this baby shower was looking an awful lot like a meeting with a lot of food. That’s a reference to the Julia Childs quote about a party without cake being just a meeting. There’s enough meetings in this world, don’t you think? Your cake makes this a perfect party! It’s so fun to be a part of this event with you!

  7. katie says:

    Oh yum! This cake sounds divine and perfect for Aggie’s baby shower!

  8. Chels R. says:

    What a fun cake to bring to a baby shower! It looks so lovely and I bet it tastes even better!

  9. JulieD says:

    Wow, just wow! It’s so pretty! I want to make this soon, Deb! Thank you for joining in on the baby shower fun!

  10. The coconut on this cake looks so pretty. And the crumb of the cake looks so soft and light. So fun being part of this even for Aggie with you. I agree that it’s amazing how many wonderful people we get to meet because we’re bloggers.

  11. Rachel Cooks says:

    What a gorgeous cake!

  12. This cake is freaking gorgeous! LOVE this recipe. And yay Aggie!

  13. Suzanne says:

    I agree, with a cake this good looking, who cares if it’s Italian or not? Beautiful!

  14. Joanne says:

    I’ve always wondered about this version of the Italian cream cake because it sounds nothing like the cakes of my youth…still delicious, mind you, just different. I would LOVE a slice!

  15. All of your party cakes look so dreamy! I know whose house I want to come to for a celebration. 🙂

  16. Aggie says:

    What a party is right!!! This looks amazing Deb! It’s funny, and I’m being totally serious, but I’ve been craving Italian cream cake since I saw Trisha Yearwood make one on her show a few weeks ago! This is my kind of cake!

    I’m so glad we met when we did. I feel the exact same way about you. xo

  17. Charmaine says:

    I made this cake today…I just couldn’t wait. It was so worth the time. My whole family loved it, including the soon to be born Jonathan who did back flips when his mommy ate a piece!! Yum!

  18. Mom's Dish says:

    wow, so many perfect cakes. Look so yummy

  19. leslie says:

    Oh my this cake looks perfect and fluffy!!!! Perfect for Aggies shower!

  20. I have been drooling over this cake all week! I wish I had a giant slice or two right now. So gorgeous and perfect for a baby shower!!

  21. Alyssa says:

    Ok I want to get preggo with an eggo just for you to make this for me for a baby shower! Lol Looks amazing as always girl!!

  22. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh yes, this cake is heavenly 🙂 I bet it tastes perfect!

  23. This cake is beautiful! I want a piece right now for breakfast 🙂

  24. Treva says:

    Does this cake need to be refrigerated?

  25. Karen says:

    Hi, I LOVE your website and am just now baking your Italian Cream Cake. I have a question…There is no baking powder or baking soda in the ingredients list…Is this an omission or a typo? I ask because the recipe calls for buttermilk and a cake needs at least some baking soda if its going to react with the buttermilk and rise. I added 1 tsp each of baking soda and baking powder because I was AFRAID of a cake flop! It is in the oven now…Hoping for the best!

    • Deborah says:

      Please let me know how it turned out! In my notes I don’t have baking powder or soda listed, but now I’m thinking I may need to go make this again to double check! I hope your cake turned out beautifully. 🙂

  26. Hélène Powers says:

    Can I replace the coconut? My family does nor like ir.
    Please tell me forthe cake and the icing replacement
    Thank you

    • Deborah says:

      The coconut is a pretty big part of this cake. You could try to leave it out, but I would probably suggest using a different cake recipe if you don’t like coconut.

  27. Helene Powers says:

    Can I omit the coconut and if so With what do I replace it

    Thank you

  28. Helene Powers says:

    Do you have a recipe for Italian Cream Cake without coconut
    Thank you

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