Italian Cream Cake (old family recipe)

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

This recipe has been in my family for years, and in my opinion is the best Italian Cream Cake! It's very moist and always gets lots of compliments!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. For cake: Cream butter, shortening and sugar.
  3. Add egg yolk one at a time, beating after each addition (this is an important step!) Stir in baking soda and buttermilk.
  4. Add sifted flour into batter, alternating with the buttermilk mixture.
  5. Add vanilla, coconut and chopped pecans.
  6. Beat egg whites and fold into batter.
  7. Pour into a greased and floured 9X 13-inch cake pan for a sheet cake, or two 9-inch round cake pans for a round layered cake.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes, or until cake tests done.
  9. Remove from oven, cool completely before frosting.
  10. For frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter.
  11. Add vanilla, powdered sugar, and pecans.
  12. Continue to beat until you get a spreading consistency.
Most Helpful

5 5

I made this recipe today for my mother's 90th birthday cake. This is her favorite cake and I know she will love it. The directions were easy to follow and the cake turned out great. I did add toasted coconut to the icing--just for mom. Thanks for the recipe.

5 5

This exact recipe was given to me by a good friend. It was his grandmother's Italian Cream Cake. When I tried it, I LOVED IT. It was incredibly good. Yeah, it's a lot of work and a bit expensive, but man is it so worth it. When I took this to work, it catapulted me into Cake Goddess realm. ~*~ I did substitute solid-at-room-temp coconut oil for the shortening and it worked quite well. I also made a separate gluten free version using Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour (also using a bit of xanthan gum as recommended by the Bob's Red Mill company) and I think it was better than the regular wheat flour one. I will definitely be making this one again. And again and again and again.

5 5

This is also an old family recipe in our family - delicious! My mom makes this for holidays. It disappears quickly!