Italian Pecan Cream Cake
 
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Absolutely irresistible. Toasted pecans and coconut create a luscious moist cake that is topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting.
Recipe type: Dessert | Butter Layer Cake
Serves: 10 to 12
Ingredients
Batter:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup shredded or flaked sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped
Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 11 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons milk (preferably whole milk)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare three 9-inch round layer cake pans; lightly grease the pans with shortening and dust with flour. Tip: to make baked cake easier to remove from pan, lightly grease the pan, line the bottom with parchment paper, and then lightly grease the top of the parchment paper and dust the pan with flour.
Batter:
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt together, sift or whisk together to mix. Set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, stir the buttermilk and vanilla together. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy. Tip: To cream, start by placing the butter and shortening in the bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed begin by beating the butter and shortening about 1 minute until it is smooth and light in color. With the mixer still on medium speed, slowly add the sugar to the butter mixture, either one tablespoon at a time, or in a very slow steady stream, taking from 4 to 8 minutes to add all of the sugar, and beating until the butter and sugar are fully incorporated and the mixture is a light, or pale yellow color, with a fluffy texture. While adding the sugar, stop the mixer occasionally to scrape the mixture off the paddle and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula so the mixture blends evenly.
  4. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating until thoroughly mixed. Each egg yolk should be fully incorporated into the mixture before adding the next egg yolk, taking about one minute to blend in each egg yolk.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, add about one third of the flour mixture, mix just until the flour is almost completely blended. Scrape the bowl down, and add about one half of the buttermilk mixture, blending just until mixed. Scrape the bowl down again and continue alternating with the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture, ending with the last portion of the flour, and stirring just until blended.
  6. In a medium mixing bowl and using clean beaters, beat egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Using a balloon type whisk or large rubber spatula, gently fold the beaten egg whites into the batter, and then fold the coconut and pecans into the batter.
  7. Bake: Spoon the batter into the prepared pans and smooth the surface with the back of a large spoon. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a long toothpick, wooden skewer, or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and place pans on a wire cooling rack to cool for 10 to 15 minutes then remove cake from the pans and place the cake on the wire cooling rack to finish cooling.
Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting:
  1. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and butter; beat together until mixture is smooth. Add milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar; beat until frosting is smooth and creamy. Stir in pecans. Using an offset spatula, spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.
  2. Cover frosted cake and refrigerate until ready to serve. Refrigerate Leftovers.
Recipe Notes
Pan: Three 9" round layers Pan Prep: Greased and Floured Oven Temp: 350° Storage: Cover and Refrigerate

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