Italian Cream Cake recipes are basically the same, and true to form. Traditional Italian cream cake recipes often call for shortening in the batter. However, I prefer using all butter in my cream cake. I also like the depth of flavor you gain by adding brown sugar to the batter and a touch of almond extract. Take the time to toast the coconut to use as a garnish for the sides of the cake not only making it pretty, but adding spectacular flavor as well. It's a special cake for a special occasion.I baked the cake last night finished decorating this morning!!!