Italian Cream Cake

Cooks Country - Sep/Aug 2011

Yield: 1 serving
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  1. We loved the idea of loading this layer cake with coconut and pecans, but the added bulk spelled destruction for the tender crumb and didn’t enhance the flavor. Toasting the coconut and nuts made a significant improvement. Grinding the stringy coconut in the food processor yielded less interruption to the cake, while soaking it in buttermilk made it all but disappear. Finally, we amped up the traditional cream cheese frosting with the addition of cream of coconut and, of course, a blanket of pecans.

  2. Serves 8 to 10

  3. Toast the coconut and nuts in a 350-degree oven until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Watch carefully and stir occasionally to prevent burning.

  5. Cake
  6. 1 1/2cups sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  7. 1cup buttermilk, room temperature
  8. 2teaspoons vanilla extract
  9. 2 1/2cups (10 ounces) cake flour
  10. 2teaspoons baking powder
  11. 3/4teaspoon salt
  12. 1/2teaspoon baking soda
  13. 12tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces and softened
  14. 4tablespoons vegetable shortening, cut into 4 pieces
  15. 1 3/4cups (12 1/4 ounces) sugar
  16. 5large eggs, room temperature
  17. 2cups (8 ounces) pecans, toasted and chopped
  18. Frosting
  19. 12tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  20. 2 1/4cups (9 ounces) confectioners' sugar
  21. 1/2cup cream of coconut
  22. 1/2teaspoon vanilla extract
  23. Pinch salt
  24. 16ounces cream cheese, cut into 8 pieces and softened
  26. 1. For the cake: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9-inch round cake pans, line with parchment paper, grease parchment, then flour pans. Process coconut in food processor until finely ground, about 1 minute. Combine coconut, buttermilk, and vanilla in 2-cup liquid measuring cup and let sit until coconut is slightly softened, about 10 minutes; reserve.
  27. 2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in bowl. Using stand mixer fitted with paddle, beat butter, shortening, and sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions of reserved coconut-buttermilk mixture, scraping down bowl as needed. Add ¾ cup pecans and give batter final stir by hand.
  28. 3. Scrape equal amounts of batter into prepared pans and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 28 to 32 minutes. Cool cakes in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans, discarding parchment, and cool completely, about 2 hours. (Cooled cakes can be wrapped with plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.)
  29. 4. For the frosting: Using stand mixer fitted with paddle, mix butter and sugar on low speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add cream of coconut, vanilla, and salt and beat until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add cream cheese, one piece at a time, and beat until incorporated, about 1 minute. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  30. 5. When cakes are cooled, spread 1½ cups frosting over 1 cake round. Top with second cake round and spread remaining frosting evenly over top and sides of cake. Press remaining pecans onto sides of cake. Serve. (Cake can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.)
September 2011

This recipe is a personal recipe added by batesballard22 and has not been tested or endorsed by MyRecipes.

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