Italian Cream Cheese Cake Recipe

A rich and delicious Italian cream cheese cake with real cream cheese icing! It’s all made from scratch and tastes more authentic than the real thing!

This cake is great for events or family reunions as it’s rather easy to make and looks super fancy. Even Cranky Uncle Greg would put on a smile while eating some of this.


Cake Ingredients
1/2 Cup butter softened
1/2 Cup shortening
2 Cups sugar
5 eggs separated
1 Tsp vanilla extract
2 Cups all-purpose flour
1 Tsp baking soda
1 Cup buttermilk
1  1/2 Cups flaked coconut
1 Cup pecans chopped

Frosting Ingredients
11 Oz cream cheese softened
3/4 Cup butter softened
6 Cups confectioners sugar
1 1/2 Tsp vanilla extract
3/4 Cup pecans chopped


Cake Instructions
1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla.
3. Combine flour and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk and beat just until combined.
4. Stir in coconut and pecans.
5. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
6. Fold a fourth of the egg whites into batter, then fold in remaining whites.
7. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.
8. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
9. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

Frosting Instructions
1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.
2. Beat in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until fluffy.
3. Stir in pecans.
4. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.
5. Store in the refrigerator.