Italian Wedding Cake

This is a cake for the serious sweet tooth. Pineapple, coconut, almond, and cream cheese meld with sweet white cake batter to create a rich, traditional favorite. Consider adding 1⁄2 cup finely ground almonds to the batter for an extraordinarily rich cake.

Serves: 12Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 40 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 12


  • 1 box (18.25 oz.) white cake mix
  • 1⁄2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 1⁄4 cups buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1⁄2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 tubs (16 oz.) cream cheese frosting


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 2 round cake pans (8 inches) and set aside.
  • Combine cake mix, butter, buttermilk, eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract in a large mixing bowl.
  • Using an electric mixer set to low speed, beat until completely smooth and combined. Fold in coconut, pineapple, and half the pecans. Pour into cake pans.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow cake to cool completely before turning onto serving platter.
  • Meanwhile, reserve 2 tablespoons pecans. Finely chop remaining nuts and stir into frosting. When cake is cool, frost and top with chopped pecans.