Friday, January 8, 2010

italian creme cake


This is a recipe from my Grandmothers collection of recipes. It's delicious! Make it, you won't be disappointed (even you coconut haters).

cake
1 stick butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
5 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups coconut
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)

1. Beat butter, vegetable oil and sugar until smooth.
2. Separate egg yolks and whites
3. Add egg yolks to butter, oil, sugar mix and beat well
4. Add soda to the flour
5. Add vanilla to buttermilk
6. Add flour/soda mix alternately with the buttermilk/vanilla mix
7. Add the coconut and nuts.
8. Beat the egg whites until stiff (forming soft peaks)
9. Fold egg whites into the batter.

Bake for 25 - 30 minutes @ 350° in three 8" round cake pans

frosting
8 oz. low fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 stick butter
1 lb powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 - 1/2 cup coconut
1/4 - 1/2 cup nuts (pecans or walnuts)

Whip cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Frost cake and sprinkle with coconut and nuts.

**UPDATE 1/19/10: I made this cake again for my husband's birthday. This time I used half whole wheat flour and halved the vegetable oil with applesauce. The cake was just as delicious as the first time. Not completely guilt free but a little closer.

9 comments:

Kim said...

Oh my, oh my...that looks soooo good! But, is it ok if I leave out the nuts?

the Lost Earring said...

You had me at Italian :)

I'm Italian too! I should get my great grandma's recipe for ravioli. And I will definitely make this cake...after I'm done with all my other planned baking projects ha!

Thank you!

jenjen said...

That looks fantastic! Yummy - thanks for sharing it with us. And Happy Birthday - I hope you had a wonderful day!

XOXO
Jen

Erin said...

Kim- definitely leave out the nuts. It will still be delightful!

TLE- I would love your grandmothers ravioli recipe! is it on your blog somewhere?

Thanks jenjen! I sure did.

the Lost Earring said...

Erin, you can call me Kelly :)

I've been meaning to get the ravioli recipe from my dad, as he has the family recipe book. Once I get it, I will be sure to share it with you :)

neednotknowhow said...

cake!
ive been watching way too many cake boss and foodnetwork challanges the last few weeks...
This just pushes me forward to try new classy recipes!

Steph said...

YUM!

handmadecharlotte said...

i want some right now! printing the recipe!!!!

Roberta said...

What a wonderful recipe! I made it today and it is fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

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