ITALIAN CREAM CAKE – The Southern Lady Cooks

Italian Cream Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks


This Italian Cream Cake is one of my favorite cakes and it never lasts long when I make it. If you like coconut, you will love this cake. It makes a great dessert to serve at just about any occasion. You just can’t go wrong with this one.  You might also like our recipe for chocolate coconut coffee cake.

Italian Cream Cake Ingredients Needed:


White granulated sugar

Egg yolks

All-purpose flour

Baking soda


Vanilla extract

Coconut (I used the sweetened coconut flakes)

Pecan pieces

Egg whites

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

Cream cheese


Vanilla extract

Powdered sugar

This cake takes some work, but let me tell you in advance.. it is worth it! It’s so good and probably in my top 5 as far as my favorite cakes. It’s the perfect cake for any holiday gathering and everyone who has ever tried this classic loves it! Definitely add this to your recipe list.

Cake baking tips:  Always follow the recipe and don’t open the oven door 10 times while the cake is baking this can cause the cake to fall.  Check the center of the cake with a toothpick to see if done. Ovens vary. Mix just until all ingredients are incorporated. Over mixing and under mixing can cause cakes to have a tough texture.

Italian Cream Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

Italian Cream Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Italian Cream Cake

This Italian Cream Cake is absolutely delicious! 

Prep Time20 mins

Cook Time30 mins

Total Time50 mins

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American, Italian

Keyword: Easy Cake, Italian Cake, Italian Cream Cake

Servings: 1 Cake

Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

  • 1 cup butter or 2 sticks or 16 tablespoons softened
  • 1 3/4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups coconut I used the sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 5 egg whites

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • Cream butter, sugar and egg yolks. Whisk together the flour and soda and add to creamed mixture along with buttermilk and vanilla extract. Mix well. Stir in coconut and nuts. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into cake mixture.

  • Spray three 8 inch cake pans with cooking spray. Divide mixture between the three pans and bake in preheated 350 degree oven 25 to 30 minutes until centers are done. Frost with cream cheese frosting recipe below.

Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions

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