“If eating cake is wrong, I don’t want to be right.” – Lorelei Gilmore, Gilmore Girls
What is the origin of Italian Cream Cake?… Thank you for asking. I was wondering the same thing so I began researching for this post. My hope was to relay a romantic Italian story about a man who baked a cake for the love of his life. After tasting his incredible cake she realized she wanted to spend the rest of her life with him, they married and lived happily ever after. His Italian Cream Cake recipe went down in their family history and was passed down through the many generations and at some point, the recipe was finally brought to the United States.
Sadly, after hours of research, it turns out that the history of Italian Cream Cake has been lost. As a matter of fact, it appears to be more Southern American than Italian, and no one seems to know where the recipe originated. If you want to believe the former story though, you’re in good company… I do too!
(Southern) Italian Cream Cake is delicious.
Italian Cream Cake is a mouthwatering white cake made with buttermilk, nuts, and coconut folded in. Pecans are the more commonly used nut in Italian Cream Cake however, I use almonds in my version because I love them so much (more than pecans- shh!).
Time well spent.
Back in California, I didn’t bake from scratch much, because I didn’t have a lot of time. Since moving to the farm, I have had the time to do so many things I’ve always wanted to do including baking from scratch. Italian Cream Cake is one of the first cakes I ever baked from scratch and it immediately became a family favorite at the farmhouse.
Rainy, cold winter days are perfect for baking. The kitchen is warm, time is plentiful, and there is nothing like the aroma of sugar and vanilla in the air. Although baking from scratch takes time, it’s worth the effort. The end result is a moist, delicious, and beautiful cake that satisfies all your senses.
You can’t ever have enough cake.