I have tried many doctored box mix and scratch recipes for Italian Cream Cake, and finally came up with one that always gets rave reviews. It starts with the ease of a boxed mix and ends up moist, yummy, rich, and delicious. Toasted coconut flakes and pecan pieces add wonderful flavor.

AMAZING Italian Cream Cake


  • 1 box Duncan Hines Coconut Supreme cake mix
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans, cookie pieces size, toasted in 350 degree oven for 5 minutes or until they smell nutty (transfer immediately from pan onto plate)
  • 3/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes, toasted in 350 degree over for 7 minutes or until golden brown (transfer immediately from pan onto plate)


  1. Mix all ingredients on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  2. Pour batter into greased cake pans Bake in 350 degree oven until toothpick has some crumbs clinging to it. Don’t bake it until the toothpick comes out completely clean and the sides have shrunk from the pan, or else the carryover cooking will make the cake be overbaked.
  3. This makes enough for one 8″ x 3″ round and one 6″ x 3″ round, or two tall 8″ x 3″ layers, or one tall 10″ x 3″ layer.
  4. Enjoy! :)


Cakepro Says... 2009-12-01 19:42:45

I have been unable to find the Duncan Hines Coconut cake mixes for the past few months so have instead been using Duncan Hines White cake mixes and 2 tsp. coconut extract in place of the vanilla extract. The results have been exactly the same ~ wonderful!

Ruth0209 Says... 2010-02-06 23:15:04

This is my favorite cake of all times. It's absolutely delicious!

Sweetgrl1963 Says... 2010-02-28 09:10:12

I have never made this cake. But thoiught that I would give it a try. Is there a particular filling and icing that compliments this cake?

Jesses_Girl Says... 2010-03-02 19:50:57

I always make my italian creme cake with cream cheese icing

CakeFetish1 Says... 2010-09-23 17:16:58

has anyone ever tried adding sour cream and/or pudding mix to this recipe?

tiffevans Says... 2010-11-12 08:08:45

I hope this doesnt sound dumb but I just wanted to make sure I did it right....you do add the coconut and nuts back into the mix?!?!?

Cakepro Says... 2011-04-21 20:46:40

Oops, there should also be included 1 cup (8 oz) sour cream. Mix together the cake mix, flour, sugar, and salt. Add the water, eggs, oil, and coconut extract to the dry ingredients and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the sour cream and mix for another minute. Once the sour cream is incorporated, add the cooled, toasted pecan pieces and coconut. Pour into well-greased pans and bake.

tlbaking Says... 2011-06-06 06:13:07

this is my most requested cake. I LOVE this recipe and it's so easy and comes out perfect and moist every time. I usually bake the layers seperatly. I tried once to bake the hole cake and then cut/seperate the layers. The nuts in the cake make this very difficult.

myheartsdesire Says... 2011-06-17 06:41:29

2 TBS of oil only??

dilliciouscake Says... 2011-08-21 19:07:42

doesn't sound like much oil?

SugarMama1975 Says... 2011-10-30 18:29:17

This cake was really good! I had to read the comments to find the rest of the recipe. The texture was soft and moist. I couldn't find coconut cake mix so I used a white cake mix and added coconut bakery emulsion and it was a huge hit. The 2 tablespoons of oil was enough because the sour cream adds moisture to the cake. I made a 3 layer 8" cake with this recipe and I have also made cupcakes as well and they are good too! Thanks for this recipe it was a life saver. I will be adding this to my collection.

cake_groupie Says... 2012-05-13 20:10:46

I made an 8"x3" of this tonight for a meeting tomorrow and all I can say is WOW! This recipe truly is AMAZING! I know because I made a 6" layer to keep home. I used the white cake mix with the coconut extract, it is perfect! I torted the dome and can't stop eating it, no icing needed! This goes on my list of cake choices for sure! My husband who is not a dessert fan was truly impressed. Thank you!

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