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italian cream cake on a marble cake plate wit three white plates, a pink napkin, and copper forks and spoons

Semi Naked Italian Cream Cake

4.60 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Author: Traci
A sweet but irresistible cake! Every bite of this Semi Naked Italian Cream Cake is filled with light and fluffy cake, stuffed with sweetened shredded coconut and chopped pecans, and decadent cream cheese frosting spread across each layer. SO. GOOD.



  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs separated
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cups pecans chopped
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


For the Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray 3 8-inch round cake pans with non-stick baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar.
  • Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  • Stir in vanilla.
  • Add pecans and coconut.
  • Set aside.
  • Beat egg whites, until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold egg whites into cake batter.
  • Spoon evenly into prepared pans.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until cake tests done.
  • Cool in pans before turning out.

For the Frosting:

  • Cut cream cheese in 1-inch cubes and set aside.
  • Beat heavy cream to stiff peaks.
  • Beat cream cheese in, one cube at a time.
  • Add salt.
  • Mix in powdered sugar.
  • Stir in vanilla.


  • If you freeze the cake layers before frosting, you will have less crumbs!
  • The amount of frosting you use is totally up to you.
  • Use an off-set spatula to get the best results.
  • You can put the cream cheese frosting in the fridge and it won't harden. It will stay spreadable.
  • This cake lasts for about 4-7 days covered on the counter at room temperature.
  • Make sure to use sweetened coconut!
  • If you have a food processor, you can use that to quickly chop the pecans.


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 716kcalCarbohydrates: 83gProtein: 9gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 534mgFiber: 2gSugar: 57g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.