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Chocolate Italian Cream Cake

2 cups butter

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 5 eggs

  • 2 cups of all-purpose, gluten-free flour (Better batter is a good brand)

  • ¼ tsp xanthan gum

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 cup of buttermilk – or almond milk plus 1 tbs vinegar

  • 1 tsp gluten free vanilla

  • 1 cup shredded coconut

  • 1 cup pecans

  • 1 cup cream cheese

  • ½ cup butter

  • ¼ cup of cocoa powder

  • 4 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 cup peacans

  • 1 tsp gluten free vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and dust with cocoa powder three 8-inch round cake pans. Separate the eggs.

Cream 1 cup of the butter and sugar together. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the vanilla.

Sift soda, gluten free flour, xanthan gum and 1/4 cup cocoa together. Add alternately with buttermilk to the creamed mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Stir in the coconut and 1 cup of the chopped pecans.

Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and fold into the batter. Pour batter into the prepared cake pans.

Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cakes cool completely before frosting between layers and on sides.

Frosting: Cream the cream cheese and butter together. Sift confectioner's sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa, beating in a little at a time until well blended. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup pecans.

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