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Italian Cream Cupcakes Using Cake Mix: Amazing Recipe

Last Updated on January 19, 2023

These amazing Italian cream cupcakes using cake mix are the perfect dessert for your next event. Full of flavor, you will love these delicious cupcakes. Simple to make, they are great for serving at dinner parties or potlucks.

This recipe is simple to make and requires no prior baking experience. There are so many great flavors in these cupcakes. The white cake, cream cheese frosting, coconut, and pecans all come together to make a tasty dessert. It is a cupcake recipe that is definitely worth adding to your recipe book. Let’s take a look at how to make Italian cream cupcakes using cake mix. 

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What You Will Need: Italian Cream Cupcakes From Cake Mix

Ingredients for the Cake

  • 1 package white cake mix with pudding (16.25 oz.)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut, divided
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, divided

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 package cream cheese, room temperature (8 oz)
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature (1 stick)
  • 4-6 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Equipment

  • Two cupcake pans
  • Cupcake liners
  • Medium skillet
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Sifter
  • Wire rack
  • Piping bag with tip

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Step-by-Step Instructions: Italian Cream Cupcakes Recipe

Step One: Preheat the Oven and Prepare Cupcake Tin

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the cupcake tins with cupcake liners.

Step Two: Heat Coconut

In a medium skillet over medium heat, add a 1/2 cup of coconut. Stir the coconut over heat for 5-10 minutes. Once the coconut has been browned, set it aside.

Step Three: Make the Cake Batter

Mix the cake mix, egg whites, almond extract, buttermilk, and vegetable oil in a medium bowl. Once combined, add one cup of coconut and 3/4 cup of pecans.



Step Four: Bake the Cupcakes

Add the cupcake batter to the liners, filling about 3/4 full. Bake the cupcakes for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to fully cool on a wire rack.

Step Five: Make the Cream Cheese Frosting

In a large bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth using an electric mixer. Add in the sifted powdered sugar one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Once the powdered sugar is fully incorporated, add in the vanilla extract and almond extract, beating until smooth and creamy.

Step Six: Decorate the Cupcakes

Once the cupcakes are completely cool, use a piping bag and tip to frost them with the cream cheese frosting. Add the remaining pecans and the toasted coconut to the cupcakes.

Decorating Italian Cream Cupcakes

Servings and Preparation Time

Servings and Preparation Time for Italian Cream Cupcakes

Tips and Tricks To Make Italian Cream Cake Cupcakes 

Since the cupcakes have cream cheese frosting, they should be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days for best results. When ready to serve, allow them to reach room temperature first. Cream cheese frosting does not hold up well in heat, so avoid serving them in an area where they will be sitting out in the sun.

If you want, you may also freeze the cupcakes as well. Place them uncovered in the fridge for one hour to let the frosting set. Then, wrap them in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

The cupcakes can be frozen for three to six months. When ready to serve allow them to thaw at room temperature for 1-2 hours or overnight in the fridge.

Be certain to let your cream cheese sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour before using it for your frosting. Cold cream cheese can curdle, which can ruin the consistency of your frosting. In addition, it is also important to make sure your butter reaches room temperature as well.

Italian Cream Cupcakes Using Cake Mix: Amazing Recipe

These amazing Italian cream cupcakes using cake mix are the perfect dessert for your next event. Full of flavor, you will love these delicious cupcakes. Simple to make, they are great for serving at dinner parties or potlucks.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Italian Cream Cupcakes Using Cake Mix: Amazing Recipe
Servings: 24
Author: cakedecorist.com

Equipment

Ingredients
  

For The Cake

For The Cream Cheese Frosting

Instructions

  • Preheat Oven and Prepare Cupcake Tin - Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the cupcake tins with cupcake liners.
  • Heat Coconut - In a medium skillet over medium heat, add a 1/2 cup of coconut. Stir the coconut over heat for 5-10 minutes. Once the coconut has browned, set it aside.
  • Make the Cake Batter - Mix the cake mix, egg whites, almond extract, buttermilk, and vegetable oil in a medium bowl. Once combined, add one cup of coconut and 3/4 cup of the pecans.
  • Bake the Cupcakes - Add the cupcake batter to the liners, filling about 3/4 full. Bake the cupcakes for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to fully cool on a wire rack.
  • Make the Cream Cheese Frosting - In a large bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth using an electric mixer. Add in the sifted powdered sugar one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Once the powdered sugar is fully incorporated, add in the vanilla extract and almond extract, beating until smooth and creamy.
  • Decorate the Cupcakes - Once the cupcakes are completely cool, use a piping bag and tip to frost them with the cream cheese frosting. Add the remaining pecans and the toasted coconut to the cupcakes.

Notes

Since the cupcakes have cream cheese frosting, they should be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days for best results. When ready to serve, allow them to reach room temperature first. Cream cheese frosting does not hold up well in heat, so avoid serving them in an area where they will be sitting out in the sun.
If you want, you may also freeze the cupcakes as well. Place them uncovered in the fridge for one hour to let the frosting set. Then, wrap them in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.
The cupcakes can be frozen for three to six months. When ready to serve allow them to thaw at room temperature for 1-2 hours or overnight in the fridge.
Be certain to let your cream cheese sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour before using it for your frosting. Cold cream cheese can curdle, which can ruin the consistency of your frosting. In addition, it is also important to make sure your butter reaches room temperature as well.
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Italian Cream Cupcakes Paula Deen Recipe

Another popular recipe when it comes to Italian cream cupcakes is one from Paula Deen. This is one of my favorites! Let’s take a closer look.

The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:

  • 1 1/4 cups of butter
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 cup of flaked coconut
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 packet of softened cream cheese
  • 1 box of confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of almond extract

Now all you need to do is:

  1. Gather all of the ingredients you need for this recipe and preheat your oven to 350F. You’ll also need to place some cupcake liners into a cupcake pan. 
  2. Grab a mixing bowl and add the following ingredients: sugar and 1 cup of butter. Mix well until it becomes fluffy. Individually add the eggs; being sure to mix well after each egg. Only add the next egg once the previous is combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, add the following ingredients: baking soda and flour. Add this mixture and the buttermilk in alternate turns to your mixing bowl. Mix well until the batter is smooth.
  4. Once smooth, add the following: coconut, vanilla extract, and pecans. Now you can add the batter to your cupcake liners; around 3/4 full.
  5. Place your cupcake pan into the center of your preheated oven and bake for around 18-20 minutes, or until the cupcakes spring back when pressed lightly. Remove from oven and leave to cool.
  6. While your cupcakes are cooling, add 1/4 cup of butter and cream cheese to a bowl. Mix until smooth and then slowly add the sugar. Keep mixing until well combined, then add your flavoring.
  7. Add frosting to cupcakes. Serve and enjoy your Italian cream cupcakes using a cake mix. 

Italian Cream Cake Using Cake Mix

Now we know how to make cupcakes, you may be wondering how to make an Italian cream cake. The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:

for the cake:

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup of cake flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans

for the frosting:

  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 1 packet of cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Now all you need to do is:

  1. Gather all of the ingredients you need for this recipe and preheat your oven to 325F. You’ll also need to grease and lightly flour a Bundt pan.
  2. Add the following ingredients to a mixing bowl: boxed cake mix, flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. Mix well and then once combined, add the water, eggs, oil, vanilla extract, and sour cream. Beat for a few minutes and then scrape the sides of the bowl.
  3. Fold in the coconut and pecans, and pour the batter into your Bundt pan. Place your cake into the center of your preheated oven and bake for around an hour. Leave to cool slightly before inverting, and then leave to cool entirely before frosting.
  4. For the frosting, add butter cubes to a bowl and beat until smooth. Add cubes of cream cheese to the butter and mix well. Stir in the vanilla extract
  5. Slowly add the sugar to the bowl, and keep mixing until soft and fluffy. Chill before frosting your cake for the best results.
  6. Frost your cake and sprinkle with chopped nuts, if desired. Slice, serve, and enjoy! 

Tasty Italian Cream Cupcakes Using Cake Mix

I hope this post has helped you to become more familiar with how to make Italian cream cupcakes using cake mix. This delicious recipe is great for any party or event. It is full of delicious flavors and textures, making it a wonderful dessert. It is easy to make, as it uses cake mix for the base, which is great if you are short on time.

These cupcakes are a classic dessert that your friends and family will love. It is a great recipe to have on hand if you want a yummy and convenient dessert. The coconut, pecans, and cream cheese frosting with the white cake bring this recipe together.

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