Italian Cream Cake Recipe
An incredible Christmas cheesecake to make your holiday season as delicious and magical as you imagine! This heavenly dessert is vanilla cheesecake topped with easy cranberry jam and creamy white chocolate mousse.
It’s no wonder this time of year is called “baking season.” It seems that I cook every day in December. Make holiday treats, make edible gifts, bake cookies with the kids, and of course, Christmas dinner dessert. That’s a lot of cooking for a month.
My favorite parts of holiday baking are baking gingerbread cookies with my little man and coming up with dessert for Christmas dinner.
Baking cookies is the best tradition for children and the one they remember the most as they grow up. While baking cookies is the best memory for kids, I bake Christmas cakes for adults.
I like to go big with dessert because it’s the grand finale to every dinner and party. If I could set up fireworks to explode when I put out dessert, I would. Until then, the dessert should speak for itself.
•2 c all-purpose flour
•2 c sugar
•1 stick butter
•1/2 c shredded coconuts
•1 c finely chopped walnuts
•5 egg whites [beat for stiff peaks]
•5 egg yolks
•1 c buttermilk
•1 1/2 tsp vanilla
•1 tsp baking soda
•1 Tbsp baking powder [optional]
•1 pkg cream cheese, 8 oz.
•1/2 c whipping cream
•1/2 c chopped nuts
•4 c powdered sugar
•1/2 c coconut, shredded
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter with sugar. Add vanilla.
2. Separate the eggs.
3. Beat the whites until soft peaks form; set aside.
4. Cream the egg yolks, butter, and sugar. Set them aside.
5. In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients: Sift flour, baking powder, and baking soda. [It doesn’t call for baking powder but I like my cakes to stand high]
6. Add the dry ingredients to the mixture a little at a time alternating with the buttermilk (about 1/4 cup at a time).
7. Next mix in walnuts and coconut.
8. With a spatula gently fold in your egg whites into the batter by making the figure 8 pattern.
9. Spoon the batter into your greased Bundt pan making it as even as you can.
10. Bake for about 60 minutes until the cake seems firm. Let it cool for 20 minutes.
11. For the Icing, with a hand blender cream the cream cheese with the 1/2 cup of whipping cream.
12. Add powdered sugar. Blend.
13. Remove cake from Bundt pan.
14. Ice the cake.
15. Sprinkle coconut and top off with chopped walnuts. Again drizzle [I like that word] more icing on top of nuts and coconut.
16. Refrigerate the cake until you are going to slice and serve!