Italian Cream Cake ~Buttermilk, vanilla, coconut, pecans and cream cheese. Is your mouth watering yet? This decadent cake is a great dessert to serve at any occasion.
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5 from 11 votes

Italian Cream Cake

a great choice for a luncheon or gal’s get together.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cream cheese, luncheon
Method: Bake
Skill Level: Intermediate
Servings: 12
Calories: 618kcal
Author: Marilyn



  • 1 stick Butter
  • ½ cup Crisco ** see notes
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 5 Egg Yolks
  • 2 cups Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Coconut
  • 1 cup chopped Pecans
  • 5 Egg Whites stiffly beaten


  • 1 8 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • ½ stick Butter softened
  • 1 box powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Chopped Nuts optional



  • Cream butter and Crisco. Add sugar, beat well. Add egg yolks and beat. Add flour and soda. Alternate with buttermilk. Stir in vanilla. Add coconut & nuts. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites 2 Tablespoons at a time. Pour into greased and floured 9 in cake pans and bake at 350 for 20 – 25 min or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool and frost with cream cheese frosting.


  • Mix cheese and butter, add sugar and vanilla.
  • Frost Cake and sprinkle nuts on cake.


  1. For chocolate Italian cream add 1/2 cut cocoa powder.
  2. You can also substitute a 9x13 pan for a sheet cake variety.
Makes 18 cupcakes, but check on cook time after 15 minutes.
Important Tip
**Please do not substitute butter or margarine for the Crisco. It will most definitely alter the taste and the quality of your product. If you're worried about the fat content-you can use applesauce to replace the fat without much difference in taste and can give a moister cake.**
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Serving: 1slice | Calories: 618kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg