The classic cake full of coconut, pecans, and cream cheese is now a cheese ball! This Italian Cream Cake Cheese Ball is dessert and the perfect party food too!
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ITALIAN CREAM CAKE
I’m not sure if you have heard of an Italian Cream Cake before this post or not, but I will say that it is not what you expect.
My family owned an Italian restaurant that they purchased from “Tony the Greek” when I was younger as you might have read in my post for Kathy’s World Famous Garlic Knots, but until I went away to college in Tennessee did I see or hear about an Italian Cream Cake.
Imagine seeing an Italian Cream Cake in the bakery department in the local Kroger’s food store?!? In Tennessee!
Being that I love Italian food, I jumped at the chance to try it, bought the whole cake, and took it back to my dorm poised and ready with a disposable fork.
I have to say that there is nothing “Italian” about the Italian Cream Cake…
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WHAT IS AN ITALIAN CREAM CAKE?
The Italian Cream Cake I purchase was basically a yellow cake with pecans and coconut added to it and covered with a cream cheese frosting that is studded with coconut and pecans. What about coconut and pecans sounds Italian?
When I think of Italian desserts I immediately think of cannoli, tiramisu, and zeppole. None of which contain coconut or pecans…
WHAT IS THE OLD FASHIONED ITALIAN CREAM CAKE RECIPE?
- Basic Yellow Cake
- Cream Cheese Frosting
- Toasted Coconut
- Toasted Pecans
Come to find out it is really a Southern made dessert and someone slapped the name Italian Cream Cake on it. What a disappointment to my Italian loving ears but was it really the original “click-bait” that everyone is using now to get you to buy it/taste it/make it?
I certainly bought the cake out of curiosity. Luckily for me, I love pecans and coconut. Oh, and cream cheese frosting!
ITALIAN CREAM CAKE CHEESE BALL
Italian Cream Cake is amazing because the pecans and coconut make an incredible combination! Do you know what else is an incredible combination? Cheese balls and sweets. A sweet cheese ball?
As I have stated before, Cheese Balls are the perfect party food! I totally love a cheese ball and some crackers to shovel it in my mouth with.
How about instead of all the savory cheese balls out there, a dessert cheese ball that makes me seem like I am eating a “decent” meal and dessert at the same time?!?!
This gave me the idea for a dessert cheese ball with all the benefits of an Italian Cream Cake.
I serve my Italian Cream Cake Cheese Ball with cookies and cookie sticks. My favorites ones are these Thin Biscotti Cookies. There are a ton of different flavors but nothing beats the Double Dark Chocolate Almond ones!
The chocolate goes so well with the Italian Cream Cake flavors. I also love serving this with Cinnamon Graham Cracker Sticks. They make chocolate ones too.
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Even though this Italian Cream Cake Cheese Ball is sweet in nature, feel free to serve it at the beginning of your party and skip right to the fun parts!
OTHER EASY APPETIZERS
- fruit cocktail cake balls
- italian sheet pan nachos
- homemade italian seasoning
- sweet cheese balls
- hot fudge sauce
- 12 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup pecans (toasted, divided)
- 1/2 cup coconut (toasted, divided)
- biscotti and crackers (for serving)
Italian Cream Cake Cheese Ball
- Mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and half the pecans and half the coconut together in a bowl.
- Shape into a ball.
- Mix the remaining coconut and pecans together and place on a plate or shallow bowl.
- Roll the Italian Cream Cake Cheese Ball in the mixed pecans and coconut to coat the ball evenly.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Serve with cracker sticks, cookies, but my favorite is the thin biscotti!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 158mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 3g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.
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