Gorgeous three-layer cake

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    50 min

    This is a wonderful cake, perfect for birthdays and special occasions. The three layers sound daunting, but it's surprisingly easy to make! The cake is flavoured with walnuts and coconut and iced with a cream cheese buttercream. You can use your favourite nut in place of the walnuts, if desired. Enjoy!


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 12 

    • 225g butter
    • 5 egg yolks
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 340g buttermilk
    • 250g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 125g chopped walnuts
    • 75g desiccated coconut
    • 5 egg whites
    • 225g cream cheese
    • 110g butter
    • 425g icing sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 4 tablespoons chopped walnuts

    Method
    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Cream together 225g butter or margarine, egg yolks and 400g caster sugar. Alternately mix in flour and buttermilk. Add bicarb of soda. Mix in 125g walnuts and coconut.
    2. Beat egg whites, and fold into cake mixture. Pour mixture into three greased and floured 23cm round cake tins.
    3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in a preheated 180 C / Gas 4 oven.
    4. Combine cream cheese, 110g butter or margarine, icing sugar and vanilla extract. Spread onto cooled cake. Top iced cake with chopped walnuts.
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    I came here looking to find my lost Italian Cream Cake recipe, this is it! I use Pecans instead of Walnuts, they are sweeter, and a touch of almond extract 1/4 tsp. But the special extra here is the butter instead of shortening called for in the other receipies. MMMMMM and better for you! I beat my egg whites until firm but not dry and fold carefully into batter. I probably use a full 1/2 cup of pecans also. Keep this refrigerated after baking or it will just literally melt in your mouth. Soften that butter before mixing too. You can use low fat cream cheese if you are cutting a few calories although you really won't notice them much. This one is a diet killer.  -  13 Nov 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    47

    Chantel I think I love you! This is the absolute best recipe in the world. I always try tons of recipes till I find the perfect one, this is it, follow the recipe add a little less powdered sugar if you want. Another member said hers was a flop, you need to grease and flour your pan, never rely on only spray, let em cool quite a bit before you dump them out, and you have to wait until the cake is completley cooled to frost it, the icing is butter and cream cheese (and to die for) it will melt right off if the cake is not cool. I doubled the icing recipe, pile that stuff on there, ice all of it, that's the best part! Throw in lots of pecans (In love with nuts)unbelievable!!!  -  31 Jul 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    42

    This was an addictive cake. It got more moist the next cake. I used less sugar and put toasted coconuts on top of the frosting. Double maybe even triple the cream cheese but no need to double on the butter or sugar in the frosting recipe. Highly recommend.  -  19 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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