Italian Wedding Cake

Total Time:
1 hr 6 min
15 min
20 min
31 min

12 servings

  • 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)

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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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'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'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

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