Italian Cream Cake

Serves: 5
Total Calories: 2,708


1/2 cup shortening
1 stick butter, softened
2 cups sugar
5 eggs, separated
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 cup butter, softened
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
2 (16-ounce) packages powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans


Cream shortening, butter, and sugar. Add egg yolks one at a time. Mix dry ingredients and add alternately with buttermilk. Stir in coconut and pecans. Add beaten egg whites and vanilla. Bake in 3 greased, 9-inch pans at 350° for 35–40 minutes or until done.

Cream Cheese Frosting:
Mix butter and cream cheese until creamy. Add sugar gradually. Add vanilla. Fold in pecans. Frost layers, top, and sides of cooled cake.

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Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 5
Total Calories: 2,708
Calories from Fat: 1,371

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