When I was growing up, very rarely would my mom buy a cake from the grocery store. Things in our house were always homemade (which is how it should be). However there was one store bought cake that held a soft spot in my mom’s heart, the Italian Creme cake.
HEB made an awesome Italian Creme cake, from what I can remember at least. The thing was absolutely loaded with coconut, buttercream frosting, and pecans. It was AMAZING. Every now and then, my mom would make a homemade version of it, but it never was quite the same.
Fifteen years later, and still craving that coconut heaven, I thought it was about time that I tried making a version of my own. For the record, I try not to have a bunch of sweets around the house since I am the only one there to eat them. I try to reserve things like this for birthdays and other special events. Amazingly, I’m able to come up with a special event almost every week!!
But in all honesty, this cake really was for a special event. Wes and I were celebrating our 1 year anniversary that weekend, so a cake was definitely in order. I found a recipe online that was touted as an “old family recipe,” which can be found here. I made a few little changes. First, I included pecans in the actual cake. I ground up the coconut flakes and pecans and added them to the batter. I also included ground coconut flakes in the icing. I have always really liked the flavor of coconut, but absolutely despise the texture. The ground up coconut is awesome because you get all the flavor, but still avoid the nasty texture. Wes and I were both huge fans of this cake.
I used two 9 inch cake pans on this and thought it was pretty fluffy. I can’t imagine being able to eat one that was three 9 inch cake pans. It was a very filling cake, but worth every single calorie. 🙂
I made the cake again for Wes’ family last weekend and they all really liked it as well. It is definitely a great recipe and I can’t wait to make it for my mom over the holidays.