Italian creme cake

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
½ cup Butter; softened
⅓ cup Shortening
1¾ cup Sugar
4 \N Egg yolks
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1¾ cup All-purpose flour
1½ teaspoon Baking powder
¼ teaspoon Baking soda
¾ cup Buttermilk
1 can (3 1/2-oz) flaked coconut
1 cup Chopped pecans
4 \N Egg whites
12 ounces Cream cheese
6 tablespoons Butter
1½ teaspoon Vanilla
6 cups Powdered sugar; sifted
½ cup Chopped pecans

CREAM CHEESE PECAN FROSTING: In a large mixer bowl beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer until combined. Add sugar; beat on med-hi speed til mixture is light and fluffy. Add egg yolks and vanilla; beat well. In another bowl combine flour, baking powder and baking soda; add to egg yolk mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating just til combined after each addition. Stir in coconut and chopped pecans. Wash beaters thoroughly.

In a small mixer bowl, beat egg whites til stiff peaks form. Stir about ⅓ of the whites into the cake batter to lighten. Fold in remaining whites.

Pour batter evenly into 3 greased and floured 8-inch cake pans. Bake in a 350* oven for 25-30 min. or til a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 min.; remove from pans. Cool layers thoroughly on wire racks.

When cool, spread the top of one cake layer with Cream Cheese Pecan Frosting. Top with another layer, frost, and top with the last layer. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. If desired, decorate cake with edible flowers or pecan halves. Keep cake chilled until serving time.

Store any leftover cake, covered, in refrigerator for up to 2 days. Makes 14 servings.

Potluck tips: For easier toting, substitute a 13x9x2 pan for the three 8-inch pans. Bake 35-40 min. or til done. Frost cool cake with half of a recipe of Cream Cheese Pecan frosting.

Cream Cheese Pecan Frosting: In small mixer bowl beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating til smooth.

Stir in pecans. Makes 2 cups.

Posted to TNT - Prodigy's Recipe Exchange Newsletter by slea@... (Shawn Zehnder Lea) on Sep 20, 1997

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