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Birthday Layer Cake recipe

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Make this special layer cake for those who aren't chocolate addicts! The buttermilk ensures a lovely, moist sponge, which gets a flavour boost from a touch of desiccated coconut and chopped pecans. A cream cheese buttercream icing brings the perfect finishing touch.

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IngredientsServes: 10

  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 225g butter or margarine
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 225g buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100g desiccated coconut
  • 125g chopped pecans
  • 225g cream cheese
  • 110g butter or margarine, softened
  • 450g icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 60g chopped pecans

MethodPrep:30min ›Cook:35min ›Extra time:10min cooling › Ready in:1hr15min

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour three 20cm round cake tins.
  2. Beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
  3. In a large bowl, cream 225g butter or margarine till light. Add caster sugar, and beat till fluffy. Beat in egg yolks. Stir together flour and bicarb, and add alternately with buttermilk into the creamed mixture; mix well after each addition. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla, coconut and 125g pecans. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Spoon into prepared cake tins.
  4. Bake for 25 to 40 minutes. Cool in tins for 10 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Combine cream cheese, 110g butter or margarine, icing sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla in mixer bowl. Beat till smooth. Add coconut if desired. Ice the cooled cake. The remaining pecans can be stirred into icing or sprinkled onto the cake after it is iced.

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I have a cake business and am constantly looking for good recipes. I decided to try this recipe for an order. I don't care for coconut, so I was going on faith. The customers LOVED this cake! I had such positive feedback that I will be using this for future Italian Cream Cake orders. Thanks!!!-03 Dec 2006

by Angie C.

A co-worker of my husband asked me to bake for her for Christmas and she asked for an Italian Cream Cake. I had never made one, so this is the recipe I settled on. She said she didn't want coconut, so I left it out...but added 1 t. of coconut extract for the flavor. Other than than I made the cake exactly by the recipe. I doubled the frosting recipe because I wanted to be sure that I had enough left over to decorate with..and I had plenty with even some left over. You need a lot just because it's such a tall cake with the three layers. Anyway, she said everyone loved it...and that the frosting was delicious! I even took a picture of it and posted it...I was very pleased!-04 Jan 2007

by staci mc

First off, this cake was great! I changed things up a bit, it may be something you might want to consider. The first thing I did differently was instead of round pans I used a 9X13 slab. It was easier to transport and cut, I was able to get 16 very generous pieces, you could get more if you cut smaller, next time I will. Since this was following Christmas dinner I wanted to lighten things up a little (I dont mean calories here) So I used the cream cheese frosting in the middle, and a thin layer on top (I cut the whole slab in 1/2), and then frosted the whole outside with sweetened whip cream. I think if I frosted the whole thing with the cream cheese it would have been to much for our already stuffed bellies. You will have a bit of leftover creamcheese icing, ice some cookies or something. It was a really good cake, the only reason why I didnt give it 5 stars was because it was a little denser than I would have liked but I did cut the cake in 1/2 while it was still warm so that may have caused a little deflation so I will never know if it was supposed to be like that or if it was my own fault. Probably the latter. It was pretty damn tasty though.-26 Dec 2006

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