GF Italian Cream Cake

So while we are not 100% gluten free in our home, we try to do it as much as we can.  Fir birthdays we try to find something wonderful but gluten free (GF) since Eli is GF all the time.  So for Anna’s birthday this month we decided to make an Italian Cream Cake with pecans.  But it needed to be GF for Eli, but super yummy for Robert & I since we were starting a WHOLE30 the next day.  We wanted our last dessert to be remorable.


Well, it was!!

Here is the recipe altered (I based it on a recipe on All Recipes)


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup GF 1:1 Bob’s Red Mill flour
  • 1 cup GF Pamela’s Baking Mix
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ice water
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (175 degrees C). I cut parchment paper to fit the bottom on the pans – 3 x 9inch. In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk; set aside.  Separate eggs into a bowl of yolks and a bowl of whites.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter, shortening and white sugar, vanilla and yolks until light and fluffy. Sift flour mixture with baking powder, and mix with coconut.  Alternate by adding 1/2 the buttermilk mixture, then 1/2 the flour mixture to the creamed butter and eggs mixture.  Stir until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  4. To Make Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/2 cup butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and confectioners’ sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Mix in 2 T ice water to attain the desired consistency. Stir in chopped nuts and remaining flaked coconut. Spread between layers and on top and sides of cooled cake.

Please let me know if you try it, we sure loved it and would not know it was GF based on the consistence and taste!  Happy Birthday to my sweet 10 year old!!

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