Italian Wedding Cake

Total Time:
1 hr 6 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
20 min
Cook:
31 min

Yield:
12 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix (recommended: Betty Crocker)
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (recommended: McCormick)
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (recommended: McCormick)
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained (recommended: Dole)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flake coconut (recommended: Baker's)
  • 2 cups chopped pecans, divided (recommended: Diamond)
  • 2 (16-ounce) cans cream cheese frosting (recommended: Betty Crocker)
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Lightly coat 2 (8-inch) cake pans with cooking spray; set aside. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter, buttermilk, egg whites, and extracts. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Fold in crushed pineapple, coconut, and 1 cup pecans. Divide batter into 2 prepared cake pans. Bake in preheated oven for 31 to 36 minutes or until tester inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes then turn out on to wire racks to cool completely.

In a small bowl, stir together remaining 1 cup pecans and frosting. With a serrated knife, cut both cakes horizontally to make 4 layers. Frost the top of each layer with 1/2 cup of frosting and stack on top of the next layer. Use remaining frosting to frost the entire outside of cake. Slice and serve.


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The cake was moist and delicious but I didn't like the frosting and it fell apart...will try again with real cream cheese homemade frosting...also will leave out the pecans<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family, including four kids, loved this cake! I'm not a fan of coconut or fruit in cakes, but this completely works. I also had some of the layers come apart when I cut them (like the three-pan idea jdt928), but I glued them in with frosting. Like someone else mentioned below, I almost didn't have enough frosting. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake is a definite 5 star once I made a few adjustments. I increased the almond extract to 1/2 teaspoon, replace 1/2 of the coconut with unsweetened coconut and did not drain the pineapple. I put into 3 pan so I didn&amp;#39;t need to cut the cake (I think just leaving it as 2 layers would be great too. I also made my own cream cheese frosting and did not put the pecans in the frosting, instead pressing it on the sides of the cake for decoration. This cake tastes so much better refrigerated. The cake was tasty and even the people who didn&amp;#39;t like coconut enjoyed it. It was moist, rich and tasty as well as easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasted great, but it did fall apart when cut. Beating it for a less amount of time at a lower speed helped. item not reviewed by moderator and published
AWFUL!! This cake fell apart completely, I'm not a rookie baker but my daughter wanted this for her birthday...well off to Publix for me. I have no idea what I did wrong! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this several times and have found these tips to be very helpful: 1 I make it with 2 layers or in a 9x13 if I'm in a hurry 2 Chop the pecans up very fine, otherwise it is hard to cut the cake, if you don't like them in the cake - put them between the layers and in the frosting only 3 Adding a 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract to the store bought frosting gives it more of a home made flavor 4 line the bottom of pans with parchment paper 5 replace pineapple juice with coconut milk (still add pineapple though 6 Add coconut between the layers of the cake as well as on the outside. 7 Definitely cut cake with a serrated knife. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the most HORRIBLE cake I have ever made! I followed the recipe to the "T" but it fell all to pieces when I tried to remove it from the pans which I sprayed with cooking spray the cake just fell completely apart!!! I cannot understand what went wrong?? I tried to glue the crumbs and pieces together for dinner tonight, but it really looks horrible!! won't try this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a GREAT cake made it for my sons 27th birthday and it was a hit.... Not The same old cake but loaded with flavor and pleasing to the palet..... Nice! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this cake!! Every time my co-workers have a birthday they ask me to bring this cake. Ive even added lemons, oranges, peaches, and limes for decoration. It is super moist and has good flavor, but its very rich so only small portions. I love it. Too bad its made with a box recipe though. Oh well it still has become a family favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake is amazing! Full of flavor, super moist, and tastes like a million bucks. Will definitely make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake was easy, supermoist and a hit with my family. I did it for Mother's Day and everybody really enjoyed it. Thank you Sandra item not reviewed by moderator and published
has anyone tried this for cupcakes? does it work? how long do you bake them? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! Plus, if you post one review at 1 star it is not necessary to do it a 2nd and 3rd time. The duplicate posting's should be removed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing!!None of us like coconut so we left it out. The cake is VERY moist and sweeet but AMAZING!! Will make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake was delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
as much as i hate watching ur show and think ur insane this cake is amazing i've made it numerous times it's a favorite in our household very rich very mist and oh so good item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I realized how dense the cake was,I knew it would be a problem so I didn't separate the layers. It worked out just fine. Got rave reviews from co workers and family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
AM I THE ONLY PERSON WHO HAS HAD A PROBLEM WITH THIS RECIPE? AFTER I CUT THE LAYERS IN HALF THEY FALL APART!!! WHATS GOING ON...I HAVE MADE IT THREE TIMES, WHAT AM I DOING? item not reviewed by moderator and published
i thought this was a site just for chefs. i guess there isnt many recipe's on here for cake from scratch. everything ive seen so far starts with a cake mix. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is simple to make and tastes great. I have made it on at least 3-4 occasions and it's been a hit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just got the recipe for this cake. Plan to make it Sunday for my sons birthday dinner. Confused. I only saw 2 layers of cake on the show...... M'ann Belmont, NC item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sandra made it a two layer cake on the show, not 4 as indicated in the recipe. I'm just saying.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
You might also try a yellow Duncan Hines cake mix. It works well also. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake is the best! My husband is Italian, and he and all his Italian relatives say that it is better than any Italian Creme Cake any Italian has EVER made! It isn't one bit crumbly, and those people who say it was probably couldn't follow directions. It was a sweet cake, but cake is supposed to be sweet. Adding flavoring to the icing really does make it taste like homemade. I used 3 cans of frosting and adjusted the flavoring accordingly. Be sure to use waxed paper in the pans and they will not stick. I am in the process of printing out this recipe for as all my Italian relatives are clamoring for it right now. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I first made this for a friend's birthday and everyone went crazy over it. People that swore they weren't cake eaters tried it and said they fell in love :) I made it a second time just for fun (since my family loves sweets and I love to bake) and got the same reactions. I love this recipe and think everyone should try it! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Has anyone tried this cake with a different frosting? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mary Ann - Buttermilk comes in a liquid form...I used that and it turned out great! I don't know how the powder form would work. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this cake for my co-workers and they loved it item not reviewed by moderator and published
Today is my Mom's 71st birthday, so I made this cake for her. She loved it!! It was decadently delicious. I will be making this one often. I did two layer and let it cool on a cooling rack for about 30 min. I also added 1/2 tsp. vanilla to the frosting. Thanks, Sandra you put a huge smile on my Mom's face. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Note the comments from those who said they watched Sandra prepare the cake on the show. When making this type of cake (carrot cake category) I always make my own cream cheese frosting and I simply use 3 cake pans for a taller cake. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Do I use buttermilk powder? Or do I mix the powder up with something. Pls. help I want to make it. Looks great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used this recipe but only made it a 2 layer cake. It was easy and by using her idea to put it in the refrigerator it didn't crumble. I will make it again and I did put it on Facebook where friends said they were going to make it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I should have read the reviews first. My cake did crumble and the icing was a little bit too sweet for my taste. I think I should have waited longer than the recommended 10 minutes before inverting to the cooling racks. I should have used parchment paper on the bottom pans as well. The idea of firming it up in the fridge before cutting in half and icing would have helped. There was no way I could have cut the crumbled cake into a four layer cake. The ideas on how to help firm this cake up by adding oil and chopping the nuts finer for the cake, and to make homemade cream cheese frosting would probably fix my problems. I would have liked a much denser cake as well. Like the pudding / liquid oil cake type. Hats off to the people who were so successful with this reciepe. I have to give Sandra Lee the benefit of the doubt because there were far more successes than the few of us who had trouble. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe to the tea and it turned out bad. It was my first attempt at a 4 layer cake and the layers fell apart as I tried to work with them and crumbled as I tried to ice them. None of my family members could stand it and it had to be thrown away - what a waste as it is an expensive cake to make. If you make it I would reccommend that you do it as a 2 layer cake. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this cake exactly by the recipe several times. Each time I get rave reviews!! People at work now request I make this cake when we have special occasions. Thanks Sandra for such an easy and tasty recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great cake! I bake quite a bit, and I am constantly looking for different and unusual recipes. The pineapple (juice included) makes it so moist. The only thing different that I did was add toasted coconut to the top of the cake after it was frosted. It gave it a nice texture and great flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was yummy! And to the others who weren't sure about adding the juice from the crushed pineapple, add it! It DOES make a difference in moistness. When it's ready to serve, just make sure you slice it THINLY, lol. Like I and some others have said, it's very sweet, and dense. But it IS 'oh so good'. Thankyou, Sandra! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this cake looks ooo good if i were getting marred i would have that as a side cake o my word it looks sooo good item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw this show yesterday and though I haven't made it yet, she only made this as a double layer cake. After taking them out of the pan, she put them on a plate and put them in the refrigerator to cool to make them easier to handle when frosting later. Also, she used 3 containers of frosting and added a teaspoon of vanilla to them before frosting. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i used unsweetened coconut, as others had said it was too sweet, and made my own cream cheese frosting with less sugar. Really moist and very tasteful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I took it to a church fellowship and it was the first cake to go! The taste was awesome.. Thanks for the wonderful recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really love this cake recipe! The second time I made this cake I accidentally forgot to drain the juice from the crushed pineapple and instead I dumped the entire contents of the can in the bowl. I was afraid that the extra liquid would make it a big soppy mess, but to my surprise it made this cake extra moist, flavorful, and delicious! I also take the chopped pecans and grind them in a nut grinder so that they are slightly smaller and make the cake a little less crumbly. The last change that I made to this recipe is that I also add the coconut to the outside of the cake to make it even prettier and give it more flavor. I get a requests for this cake all of the time, and it is always an event favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had watched Sandra make this on her show and instantly saved it to my recipe's. I made it for my husbands birthday but made a small change after reading the "crumble" comments: I added 1/2 a cup of oil. It moistened it considerably. My husband LOVED it! While I love Creme Cheese frosting, I will make my homemade version next time around to cut down on the sweetness. ;) My frosting: I mix creme cheese, vanilla, powdered sugar, &amp; whipped creme --- add amounts to your liking. I don't have a big sweet tooth so I don't make it really sweet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Crumbling, flat tasting mess! Sandra should stick to table decorations! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe and our family loved it. It was fun to make and dlicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was simple and easy to make. It was also cost effective and tastes great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easy and delicious. The whole family loved it! Thanks Sandra! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for Christmas, and everyone loved it! This would have gotten five stars, but it was difficult to cut in half. Next time, I will make it with only two layers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family ,friends of all ages love this Cake. I'm so glad I tried it. It isn't hard to make but the taste is wonderful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake was really easy to make. Its not to complicated. It smells really good as its baking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I ust TRIED to make this cake for my mom's birthday. It crumbled the minute I took it out of the pans. I should have listened to the other reviewers who said it crumbled but I went with the ones who said the cake was great. My mistake!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
taste was good but crumbled item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this one-perfect for the ultimate wedding cake-try it-you will like it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am a baker, not a chef. My family loves this cake!! My daughter (14) hated coconut until I made this cake and now asks for it all the time. Thanks for a wonderful, easy, delicious, fancy looking, looks like I spent hours in the kitchen cake! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. I made it for my mom on Mother's Day and her birthday. I get requests for this recipe all the time. I used a pineapple cake mix instead of white once. It was really great too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have high expectations for each of my dinners and tried this cake for a new group of friends - it was WONDERFUL - I did drain the crushed pineapple. Although I used 9" pans and didn't split the cakes, it still came out great - next time I MAY make my OWN cream cheese frosting - but otherwise this is a KEEPER and I'll surely make it again when I want to WOW my guests! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake looks &amp; tastes like it was a lot of work, but is so simple to toss together. So incredibly moist. it's my favorite cake. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husbands boss came to dinner at the last minute and I remembered seeing this on the show. I printed it out and it realy was as easy as it looked. Everyone loved it as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i made this cake for the 4th of july and everybody loved it.it was so moist and good thank you.steve item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this cake for my in-laws. They loved it ! My MIL even asked for the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this cake for the first time this week and we liked it very much. The only changes I made was to toast my pecans before adding to the batter and frosting and I made my own cream cheese frosting because often times store bought is too sweet for our liking. FYI-You can toast nut halves on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven, stirring every five minutes, for 10-15 minutes. Just need a few nut pieces toasted? - use a dry skillet, stirring constantly. Don't leave the nuts, they can burn quickly. Be sure to remove them from the cookie sheet (or pan)as you they reach the desired browness, otherwise they will continue cooking. You won't believe the diffence in the taste of toasted nuts. I do a whole bag full and store them in the freezer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake was delicious enough, but it crumbled terribly and I was so embarrassed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake has entirely too much sweetness to it. Although cake should, in fact, be sweet, it should not result in a sugar coma. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My mom made this cake and in like a day it was gone! My whole family loved it. So good I had to have it for breakfast haha item not reviewed by moderator and published
This moist cake is a winner,this cake delivers in every way,it is exactly what a cake should be; it has a rich deep dark flavour that sets it apart from the rest... Bravo Sandra Lee item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make -- moist, delicious -- even the crumbs disappeared from the plates.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick, easy, and explosive taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I haven't tasted the cake yet - it's sitting in the other room, but I am not much of a cake eater. First off, there are several differences from the show's recipe. She uses 3 cans of frosting, not 2; she uses 1/2 cup of pasteurized egg whites; and she uses an undrained can of pineapple. DO NOT whatever you do spray your cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. The cake WILL STICK and you will be very upset. Take the extra 2 minutes and grease and flour your pans with shortening (rub shortening with a paper towel all in the bottom, sprinkle a couple teaspoons of flour in the bottom and shake it around, then tap it on the counter 5-6 times and toss the excess; be sure to fill any blank spots). I would also sift the cake mix before mixing. Also, I baked mine in 9" pans and the bake time was reduced to 26 minutes so be sure you check the cakes about 5 minutes early even if you think your oven doesn't run hot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
sandy, adding extracts to tub frosting in no way, makes it taste freshly made. my husband is 100 percent italian and has never seen a cake like this, perhaps, that's because he IS italian and has only had authentic italian dishes. simple sandy has run out of ideas. item not reviewed by moderator and published
how can this be any thing but good? It is every close to one i have cooked for years but this one will be so much simpler item not reviewed by moderator and published
Even those who think cake has to be chocolate will love this one. This cake is rich and moist and filled with nuts, pineapple and coconut. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a fast cake but I remembered the pineapple juice going in the cake on the show. The recipe called for draining the pineapple and the cake did not seem moist enough. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this cake was great, any person that stated this has no flavor must not have followed the recipe. One good cake item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of the best cakes I have ever had. My wife had to make it, it compares only to her red velvet cake as the best she has made. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was very easy to make, but when all done, had absolutely no flavor. Could not tast the pineapple, or the coconut and the batter was not sweet at all. No flavor. Was quite disappointed. The ready made icing was too sweet and had a grit texture to it. All and all, I won't make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I remember eating cake similar to this from my grandmother - only she "spcied it up" with rum! Yum! This is as Italian as it can get! Very moist and flavorful....now I can make my own. Viva Italia - bon appetito! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw Sandra making this cake today and thought how delicious it looked. Then I checked and I had all the ingredients to make it. Didn't have the canned cream cheese frosting but I had cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla so I made my own frosting. This cake is incredible! It's better than the Italian cream cake I made. (far better) So thank you Sandra for another wonderful recipe. I will make this one again and again. :) Oh yes, and it was very easy to make. Love your show. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
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Very sweet, could use a bit more coconut. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this cake! item not reviewed by moderator and published
When i first taste this cake knowing the fastes way to make the icing was so wonderful. I din't think that buying store bought icing and adding some extras would change the way of taste it was by far the best cake ever that me and my daughter made together. My daughter is the real baker here i just tend to help. item not reviewed by moderator and published
moist and super flavorful.. so easy to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE THIS ITALIAN WEDDING CAKE SO MUCH IT IS PERFECTION FOR ANY DINNER PARTY.IT IS VERY RICH AND MOIST AND ALSO BOLDLY FLAVORED AND VERY QUICK AND EASY TO MAKE FOR ANY SPECIAL OCCASION.SIMPLY DELICIOUS!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My favorite cake ever is Italian Creme Cake. It is difficult and time-consuming to make. When I watched Sandra Lee make this cake on TV today, it reminded me of Italian Creme Cake. I had to try it. WOW! It is SO MUCH EASIER than the original recipe and tasts just as good. I am thrilled to have found this easy way to make an old favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This reminds me of the very popular Italian Cream cake, but much quicker. it was delicious and I will be making it again very soon, as everyone loved it and wanted the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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