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over the top italian cream birthday cake & frstng

(4 ratings)
Recipe by
Rose Mary Mogan
Sauk Village, IL

My husband requested this cake for his birthday more than 3 months ago. Since he had to wait so long, I wanted to take it to a HIGHER LEVEL OVER THE TOP from the Original recipe. This is the results and he loved it. He was very impressed. It is over the top because I used 2 types of nuts, 2 types of sugars, increased the original recipe to one & a half, then added Amaretto Liquer for flavor, & used 9"X9" inch pans, instead of 8" doubled the amount of frosting, & used a total of almost 4 cups of nuts. Added applesauce to create moisture, & added nuts to the frosting, for extra crunch.

(4 ratings)
yield 10 to 12 depending on portion size
prep time 35 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For over the top italian cream birthday cake & frstng

  • 3 stick
    butter softened, room temperature
  • 2 c
    white granulated sugar
  • 1 c
    raw (turbinado) sugar
  • 8 lg
    eggs separated, room temperature
  • 3 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1/4 c
    amaretto liqueur
  • 3 c
    shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 c
    chopped nuts, (i used half walnuts & half pecans)
  • 1 c
    apple sauce
  • 1 lb
    cream cheese, softened room temperature
  • 2 stick
    butter, room temperature (1/2 pound)
  • 2 lb
    powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    amaretto liqueur
  • 2 tsp
    almond extract
  • 2 c
    chopped nuts (i used half walnuts & half pecans)

How To Make over the top italian cream birthday cake & frstng

  • These are the 3 9X9 inch pans that I used to make the over the top Italian Cream cake.
    PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES F. Spray 3- 9 X 9 inch pans liberally with non stick cooking spray and set aside till needed.
  • 2
    Measure flour and add to medium size bowl along with baking soda, then stir to mix and set aside till needed.
  • Two types of nuts plus extra shredded cooconut,packed a lot of nutty crunch and flavor.
    Measure shredded coconut and chopped nuts and add to a separate bowl, and set aside till needed.
  • Eight eggs adds just the right amount of extra goodness to make this an over the top cake.
    Seperate eggs into 2 separate bowls.
  • 5
    Beat egg whites till stiff peaks form and set aside till needed.
    Combine both white & raw sugar into a medium size bowl and leave till needed.
  • Just a quarter cup was all that was needed to pack so much flavor into this cake.
    Measure out 1/4 cup Amaretto Liqueur, and leave till needed.
  • The buttermilk and beaten egg white waiting to be added to the cake batter.
    Measure buttermilk into a small bowl.
  • 9
    Cream butter with both sugars, until light and fluffy. Then add egg yolks one at a time and beat after eaCH ADDITION.
  • 10
    Add about 1/3 of flour to creamed sugar mixture, and beat to mix, then add about 1/3 of buttermilk, then add apple sauce, then another 1/3 of flour and milk till all has been added.
  • 11
    Now pour in the coconut & nut mixture, along with the amaretto, and mix till well blended. Then fold in beaten egg whites, and fold till all has been incorporated into batter.
  • The first two of the 3 layer cake for the over the top Italian Cream Birthday cake.
    Pour Batter equally into the 3 prepared pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes, then invert onto cooling rack to cool completely.
  • This nutty frosting is off the hook, and created an awesome flavor on the birthday cake.
    Prepare frosting by adding the softened butter and cream cheese to a large mixing bowl, and beat till creamy, then add about half of the powdered sugar and beat till creamy, now add the almond extract and amaretto, and remaining powdered sugar, and beat till blended. Then with a spatula fold in the chopped nuts, and stir to blend into frosting, then frost cake as desired, and garnish as desired.
  • Wow, three layers of 9X 9 inch goodness in this very special birthday cake.
    I used pecan halves and Fresh Strawberries to garnish cake, but that is optional.
  • Just one slice and you will be addicted to the flavors in this cake.
    Slice your masterpiece, and wait for the compliments. It really is over the top, and very impressive.