Perfect Italian Cream Cake

Michelle Vincent Recipe

By Michelle Vincent saucypark

15 Min
15 Min

Everyone loves this cake, and can't believe it starts with a mix! The frosting recipe makes a LOT of frosting, as my family likes it decadent! Frosting recipe may be downsized, if you prefer.

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box white cake mix w/pudding
large eggs
1/4 c
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1 1/4 c
3 1/2 oz
shredded coconut
2/3 c
chopped pecans, toasted
16 oz
cream cheese, room temperature
1 c
butter, room temperature
32 oz
confectioners' sugar
2 1/2 tsp
vanilla extract

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour 3 9" pans, or you may use 8" pans for a taller cake, if you prefer.
Combine first 5 ingredients and mix at medium speed for approximately 2 minutes.
Stir in coconut and pecans. Pour into prepared pans. If using 9" pans, batter will be spread fairly thin. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until cakes test done. Cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
For frosting, combine cream cheese and butter and mix until well blended.
Gradually add confectioners sugar as you mix. Mix until fluffy frosting consistency. Add vanilla and blend well.
Frost between layers, sides, and top of cake. Garnish with toasted pecan halves, if desired.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Collection: Easter Treats

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Deneece Gursky Smokeygirlxo
May 22, 2011
oh wow this looks incredible!
Jul 22, 2011 - Karla Everett shared this recipe with discussion group: COCONUT LOVERS UNITE
Lele Oakley lisaoakley
Nov 4, 2011
I have been looking for a similar recipe that I made last year for my brother's birthday and haven't been able to find it. So glad you posted this and I'm making it Saturday again for brother's birthday.
Michelle Vincent saucypark
Nov 5, 2011
I'm so glad, Lisa! I hope you like it as well as the one you made last year. I'm actually making one this afternoon, too. Please post a photo and let me know how it turns out!
Lele Oakley lisaoakley
Nov 6, 2011
Well, the cake was a hit today. I made it in a 9 x 13 pan and boy, did I have way to much frosting. Now I've got to make another cake to use the rest of frosting. There were only 5 small pieces left today. I'll be making this again. Also, I couldn't find a cake mix with pudding and I forgot to buy the box of pudding so I added an extra egg. It was still moist. Thanks for the recipe.
Michelle Vincent saucypark
Nov 6, 2011
I'm tickled it was so well recxeived, Lisa. And I'm sure you did have a ton of the frosting left if you made it in a 9 x 13 pan. It seems to me like I normally buy Pillsbury cake mix-is that the one in the blue box? I had some people over last night and had about 1/5 of the cake left, so that went home with two of my guests. Thanks again for the feedback, Lisa!
Susan Bibee mcmicsd
Apr 2, 2014
I made this cake...Exceptional....Everyone like it and ssaid it should be the "new" reunion cake!!!
Marieann Johansen blstranger
Jun 3, 2014
If I don't have the cake mix with the pudding do you think I could just add a box of instant pudding mix?
Michelle Vincent saucypark
Jun 4, 2014
Susan, I'm so glad you liked it! That's funny that you said "reunion cake". I've taken this cake to family reunions for years now, and wouldn't dream of going without it! My son is graduating from high school this weekend, and I've been baking this in batches of cupcakes for weeks now and freezing them. I've thawed out a few just to make sure they would taste the way I wanted them to, and they froze beautifully. Just FYI if you ever want to make these as cupcakes.
Michelle Vincent saucypark
Jun 4, 2014
Marieann, I'm sure that would work well. I read a comment earlier where Lele said that she added an extra egg-I think that would probably work well, too. Good luck!
Katina Martin katina806
Apr 20, 2015
Betty Crocker has a cake mix that includes the pudding in the mix. I found it at the grocery store In my town.