>From the Better Recipes website...


Italian Cream Cake
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   
2 cups all-purpose flour     
8 ounces cream cheese   
1/2 cup butter   
1 teaspoon vanilla extract   
4 cups confectioners' sugar   
2 tablespoons light cream   
1/2 cup chopped walnuts   
1 cup flaked coconut     
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease three 9-inch round 
cake pans. In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk; set 
aside. 2. In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter, shortening and white 
sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, buttermilk mixture, 1 teaspoon 
vanilla, 1 cup coconut, baking powder and flour. Stir until just combined. Pour 
batter into the prepared pans. 3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 
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 a small amount of cream to attain the desired 
consistency. Stir in chopped nuts and remaining flaked coconut. Spread between 
layers and on top and sides of cooled cake.

~~~***Rhonda G in Missouri***~~~

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