The Chef’s Table

Created by the Chefs of Maggiano’s Little Italy

April 5, 2013

Today is National Caramel Day and in honor of this glorious foodie holiday, we found a Caramel Italian Cream Cake recipe just for you!

National Caramel Day: Caramel Italian Cream Cake Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell 

Serves 12
3 cups shaved coconut
1 cup pecans, finely chopped
½ cup butter
½ cup shortening
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
5 large eggs
1Tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
Caramel Frosting
Cream Cheese Frosting

Preheat oven to 350°. Place shaved coconut in a single layer in a shallow pan. Place pecans in a second shallow pan. Bake coconut and pecans at the same time 5 to 7 minutes or until coconut is toasted and pecans are lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add granulated and brown sugars, beating well. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add vanilla, beating until blended.
Combine flour and baking soda; add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in pecans and 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut.
Beat egg whites at high speed until stiff peaks form, and fold into batter. Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
Bake at 350° for 23 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 1 hour).
Prepare Caramel Frosting. Immediately spread frosting between layers and on top of cake.
Spread Cream Cheese Frosting over sides of cake; press 3 cups toasted shaved coconut onto sides of cake.

Are you not in the mood to cook? No problem, our Warm Apple Crostada and Chocolate Marshmallow Torte are here to help you get your caramel fix! No matter what you’re craving, we invite you to join us at Maggiano’s Little Italy for your next meal out or special occasion. We also invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTube for more recipes and ideas.

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