Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Decadent...Delicious...Heavenly...Italian Wedding Cake

This past weekend I had the pleasure of getting out of town for a couple of days with my hubby.  We went to our usual 'Memorial Day Weekend Getaway' location...Eureka Springs, Arkansas!  There is an amazing place to eat in Eureka Springs.  We eat there every time we are in town.  The food is P.H.E.N.O.M.E.N.A.L. 

Well, this time, I opted for dessert...a rarity for me because their portions are huge.  Anyway, I had the Italian Wedding Cake.  Talk about delicious!  Goodness, I think this cake even beats my favorite cake of all time, Homemade German Chocolate!  Now the recipe that I am posting here is not the 'recipe' for the cake I had but I believe it is very close.  Oh...by the way, Paul, the owner of this amazing restaurant {Ermilio's} said he would give me the recipe!  I am definitely going to hold him to it.  If it is different than this one, I'll be sure to post the one from my friend.

Here's what you are going to need:

For the cake:

1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup shortening
4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 egg whites
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans

For the frosting:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup of sweetened coconut
Here's what you need to do:
Grease and flour three 9 inch, round cake pans. Set aside.
Combine the baking soda and buttermilk. Set aside.
Cream together the sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup of shortening.
Add the egg yolks one at a time. Beat about 1 minute between each addition.
Add the flour alternately...with buttermilk mixture...beginning and ending with the flour.
Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Set aside.
Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
Add 1/3 of the egg whites.
Fold into the batter.
Add in the remaining whites.  Fold those in.
Add 1 cup pecans and 1 cup of coconut.
Gently fold those in so you don't lose the air from the batter.
Divide the batter equally between the 3 prepared pans.
Bake in the preheated 325° oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 15 minutes before removing from the pan.
Remove from pans and continue cooling on a wire rack. Make sure the cake has completely cooled before frosting.
For the Frosting:
Beat together the cream cheese, 1/2 cup butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
STOP the mixer.  Add the confectioners' sugar.
SLOWLY start the mixer...unless of course you like being covered with confectioners sugar...LOL.  Once the sugar is mixed in, raise the speed  of the mixer and continue beating until fluffy. Set aside.
Place the ½ cup of coconut in a skillet.
Toast the coconut stirring occasionally over medium heat until it begins to brown.
Place 1 layer of the cake on the cake plate. Use 3 strips of parchment or waxed paper under the edges of the cake so that the cake plate is covered. Spread a thin layer of the frosting on top of the cake.
Top with the second layer.
Frost with a thin layer of frosting.
Add the third layer.
Spread the remaining frosting on the top and sides of the cake.
Gently press the 1 cup of chopped pecans onto the side of the cake.
Sprinkle the toasted coconut on the top of the cake.
Gently remove the parchment paper. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours before cutting.
Gently warm cut piece just prior to serving for heavenly deliciousness!

Now, I know that this recipe is very time entailed...but it is so very worth it!  I promise you won't be sorry your took the time to make this cake!


  1. This cake sounds and LOOKS so good. It would be nice if my beautiful daughter would make the cake and bring it out on July 4th when we have the pool party.

    Blessings to you and love you, Deb!

  2. WOW! That looks amazing!:) Well worth the work it took to make it:)

  3. This is not A CAKE, this is THE CAKE!!! IT LOOKS SOOOOOO GOOD!!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. My husband and I were just in Eureka this past weekend for our 5yr wedding anniversary (June 2) and we ate at Ermilios (which I absolutely LOVE) and I had a piece of this for dessert...HEAVENLY

  5. Happy Anniversary! I'm sorry I don't know your name, but I still pray that your anniversary was amazing! And...if you ate at Ermilio's this weekend...you certainly had a taste of heaven! Isn't that cake just heavenly!?? So glad you enjoyed it!


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