Cake Mix Italian Cream Cake

"I found this recipe while web surfing and have misplaced it twice. I haven't had a chance to make it yet and realized that if I don't post it I will loose it. It sounds good and easy."
 
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins
Ingredients:
12
Serves:
12
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ingredients

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directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixer bowl add the cake mix, vanilla pudding, water, eggs and oil.
  • With electric mixer, beat for 2 minutes at medium speed.
  • Fold in the chopped nuts and coconut.
  • Pour the batter into a 9 x 13 inch pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray or lightly greased and floured.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted off center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before frosting.
  • In a medium sized mixer bowl, blend the butter and cream cheese.
  • Add the confectioners' sugar and enough cream to make it a smooth spreading consistency.
  • Frost cake with frosting and sprinkle with coconut.

Questions & Replies

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  1. sandy w.
    Can I use a Bundt pan
     
  2. Deanna A.
    Can I use chocolate cake mix and make cream cheese topping with no coconut?
     
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Reviews

  1. LeAnneWilkes
    This cake is wonderful! My husband said it made him feel "dirty"-like he was cheating on his all time favorite German Chocolate. I did alter the recipe slightly. I used 3/4 cup heavy cream and 3/4 cup water in the cake batter instead of all water. I also toasted my pecans and used them in the cake and the icing. I decided to make a layer cake instead of the sheet cake so I made extra frosting. This cake is one you want to make if you want to impress someone-it's that good!
     
  2. kimmisam2
    This was scrumptious!! It needs to be made a day ahead of time and refrigerated. I made it the same day it was to be eaten, and it was good then. But, after being in the fridge overnight, it was sooooo much better.
     
  3. kathylovorn
    buttermilk works great instead of water.
     
  4. Cook4_6
    Stunning reviews from the teachers I made this for this week! I used 1/2 heavy cream and 1/2 water as suggested in another review. I also had a cake mix that was a few ounces shy of what the recipe called for, and even though I used the same call outs in this recipe it came out great! I might make a bit more frosting next time however, and would add toasted walnuts again like I did this time to both the cake and frosting.
     
  5. MelinOhio
    Loved this cake. Made as directed into cupcakes, frosted and rolled the tops in coconut, beautiful and yummy, thanks for sharing this recipe.
     
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Tweaks

  1. Susan V.
    In the cake ~ Used coconut cream pudding, more vanilla extract, 1/2 cup water plus 1 cup coconut cream, coconut oil instead of oil or butter. In frosting ~ Used whipping cream brown sugar, vanilla extract & powdered sugar drop coconut cream; this was used on sides. Made coconut buttercream and used on top center only, powdered sugar, coconut cream, vanilla extract & butter whipped it til fluffy. Tossed coconut flakes, unsweetened type and what remained of pecan bits. Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe with us!
     
    • Review photo by Susan V.
  2. LeAnneWilkes
    This cake is wonderful! My husband said it made him feel "dirty"-like he was cheating on his all time favorite German Chocolate. I did alter the recipe slightly. I used 3/4 cup heavy cream and 3/4 cup water in the cake batter instead of all water. I also toasted my pecans and used them in the cake and the icing. I decided to make a layer cake instead of the sheet cake so I made extra frosting. This cake is one you want to make if you want to impress someone-it's that good!
     
  3. OB Nurse
    I had cake called Italina Cream Cake at a wedding and asked the name, then came to Zaar to find a recipe. I made the cake as directed. When I put it in the oven I went to take out the cream cheese to soften, and my son had eaten it! I did have a can of cream cheese frosting, so I mixed the coconut and some pecans in it and used that instead. The cake was great, but I think homemade frosting would have made it even better!
     
  4. Jellyqueen
    My husband simply loves this recipe. The only change I made was to put the nuts in the icing instead of the cake itself. I used walnuts.
     

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