Perfect Italian Cream Cake

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Serves: 12
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1 box white cake mix w/pudding
3 large eggs
1/4 c oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 c buttermilk
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

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Michelle Vincent Recipe
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Louisville, KY (pop. 2.3M)
Member Since Mar 2011
Michelle's notes for this recipe:
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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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.

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user Deneece Gursky Smokeygirlxo - May 22, 2011
oh wow this looks incredible!
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user 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.

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