Make twice and each time...delicious and perfect! Hints: double the frosting, dust your pans w/powdered sugar vs flour. Since cake is large and requires refrigeration...carry it in a large cooler...so your folks don't have to make room for it in their already crowded holiday fridge. Don't worry...it won't last long!
Italian Cream Cake
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 2 cups sugar
- 5 large eggs, separated
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- Nutty Cream Cheese Frosting
- Garnishes: toasted pecan halves, chopped pecans
- Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add vanilla, beating until blended.
- Combine flour and soda; add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in coconut.
- Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form, and fold into batter. Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cakepans.
- Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
- Spread Nutty Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish, if desired.
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