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Italian Cream Cake Cheese Ball – Dessert and Perfect Party Food

Italian Cream Cake Cheese Ball – Dessert and Perfect Party Food

The classic cake full of coconut, pecans, and cream cheese is now a cheese ball!  My 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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Just take me to the Italian Cream Cake Cheese Ball Recipe Already!

If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this delicious easy Italian Cream Cake Cheese Ball recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

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?

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!

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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.

Enter the easy Italian Cream Cake, a Cheese Ball!!

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 desserty in nature, feel free to serve it at the beginning of your party and skip right to the fun parts!

Other great Sweet Cheese Ball recipes to try!

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Where will you serve this Italian Cream Cake Cheese Ball?

Easy Italian Cream Cake Cheese Ball Recipe

close up of Italian Cream Cake Cheese Ball and thin biscotti cookie pieces on a plate

Italian Cream Cake Cheese Ball

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

The classic cake full of coconut, pecans, and cream cheese is now a cheese ball!  My Italian Cream Cake Cheese Ball is dessert and the perfect party food too!

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

Italian Cream Cake Cheese Ball

  1. Mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and half the pecans and half the coconut together in a bowl.
  2. Shape into a ball.
  3. Mix the remaining coconut and pecans together and place on a plate or shallow bowl.
  4. Roll the Italian Cream Cake Cheese Ball in the mixed pecans and coconut to coat the ball evenly.
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  6. Serve with cracker sticks, cookies, but my favorite is the thin biscotti!

Notes

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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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S.Holifield

Monday 7th of December 2020

Can the powered sugar be substituted with Swerve brand powered sugar to make this reverie more low carb/diabetic friendly?

Jennifer

Monday 7th of December 2020

It sure can! Just add a slightly lower amount and test the sweetness and I have found that the swerve tastes a little sweeter to me. Thanks!

Stacey

Thursday 2nd of July 2020

I’m really excited to try this!! All my favorites in one place!!

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Claire

Saturday 31st of March 2018

What a great idea! I'm going to try making it so I can do one when guests come over. So excited.

Madi

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

This sounds like such an awesome idea! This sounds so up my alley!