Romano Family Italian Cream Cake

"Hold on."  He set down his champagne glass on a nearby table, then moved to intercept a waiter.  A moment later, he returned with two dessert plates filled with pieces of the Romano family Italian cream cake that had quickly reached legendary status in Eternity Springs.

-- DREAMWEAVER TRAIL by Emily March


In honor of DREAMWEAVER TRAIL coming out next month I'm sharing a special recipe from the kitchen of Maggie Romano. Hope you enjoy creating this legendary dish that's a favorite in Eternity Springs!

 

CAKE BATTER

  • 2 cups of sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 stick of butter (unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup of dry shredded coconut
  • 1 cup of finely chopped walnuts
  • 5 egg whites (beat until stiff peaks)
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda

CAKE ICING

  • 8oz of cream cheese
  • 1/2 stick of butter for humid climates OR 1-1.5 sticks in dryer climates
  • 1 teaspoon of buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of creme de cacao (optional)
  • 8oz of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of the white chocolate extract (optional or you can double the vanilla extract)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  If your oven browns quickly then take it down 15 to 20 degrees.  Grease and flour 3 round cake pans.

2. Cream (mix) butter with sugar and add vanilla.

3. Add 5 separated egg yolks and 1/2 cup of olive oil - mix and beat until fluffy.

4. In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients: sifted flour and the baking soda.

5. Add the dry ingredients to the mixture a little at a time alternating with the buttermilk (about 1/4 cup at a time).

6. Mix in walnuts and coconut.

7. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until you have stiff peaks.

8. With a spatula, gently fold the eggs whites into the batter by making the figure 8 pattern.

9. Spoon the batter into your 3 pans and make them as even as you can.

10. Bake until light brown for 30 to 60 minutes (use a toothpick in the center and make sure no batter is on the stick).

11. Once the cakes are done, pull them out and let them cool.

12. After they cool, place the cakes on parchment and use a brush to dust off the crumbs (easier to ice).

13. Cream all of the ingredients for the icing in this order: cream cheese, butter, buttermilk, vanilla extract, creme de cacao, and powdered sugar.

14. After the icing is mixed, start to assemble the cake by taking one of the layers of cake and making it your base.

15. Stick strips of parchment paper around the bottom of the cake.  Ice the top of it and add the next layer of cake and ice the top of it adding your final layer of cake.

16. Ice the sides and the top of the cake until covered.  Use chopped walnuts or coconut to decorate the sides.

17. Refrigerate the cake until you are going to slice and serve!

 

Hope you enjoy!  For more Eternity Springs recipe ideas, follow me on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/emilymarch.  DREAMWEAVER TRAIL comes out May 27th!  Click here to pre-order.