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Italian Guava Cream Cake

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I’ve joined a baking club.

Stop laughing.

One of my New Years resolutions was to attempt to bake more.  Nothing crazy and certainly nothing with yeast.  But when Claire from Simply Sweet Justice sent an email inviting me to join her baking club, I manned up and jumped onboard.

Our first challenge: Italian Cream Cake. I googled it. I instantly panicked.  It’s a layer cake. Megan has pretty much ruined me on layered cakes.  Blame her Layered Rainbow Cake, which I’ve wanted every single day of my life since she posted it back in September.  How the heck can I make a layer cake when there are EPICS like that already in the blogosphere?

Cue guava.

Italian Guava Cream Cake
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½ cup butter, salted
½ cup shortening
2 cups granulated sugar
5 eggs, separated
2 cups all-purpose
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 ½ ounces coconut flakes

4 oz guava paste
6 oz cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla
Coconut Milk to thin frosting to desired consistency

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 8-inch or 9-inch cake pans and set aside. Combine the flour and baking soda, and sift.
  • Cream the butter, shortening and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks and mix well. Add the coconut milk and flour mixture to the creamed mixture, alternating between the coconut milk and flour mixture. Add vanilla and coconut flakes. Mix to combine.
  • Stiffly beat the egg whites to form soft peaks and fold into the batter.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pans and bake for 30 minutes (until the cake is golden and toothpick comes out clean). Allow to cool on racks. Remove from pans and allow to cool before frosting.

Mix the guava paste, cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Add milk to thin frosting to 

desired consistency.

Make sure to check out what my fellow baking club members whipped up for the occasion!

The Orgasmic Chef
Dinner or Dessert
Grad School Chef
Simply Sweet Justice

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  1. I am not much of a baker either. I have this love-hate relationship with it and yeast- forget about it. But sometimes its just fun. I love how you choose guava to be your frosting. i love guava and its such a rare frosting to come across.

  2. Wow, just from the sound of it makes me dream of this cake. I have never baked a cake with guava before and am definitely bookmarking this so I can make it for my family. Cheers, Jo

  3. I'm so happy you joined a baking club 🙂 You do not give yourself enough credit girl! This cake looks fantastic! I adore coconut & paired with guava frosting – awesome!!

  4. I am not a baker, so it would be quite funny if I joined a baking club. Might me called a disaster in the making.

    I'm proud of you and your guava cake looks amazing. Congratulations on a job well done.

  5. Sorry for ruining you on layered cakes! You are too funny!

    This guava cake looks amazing, woman! No laughing come from this part of the world about your baking club. That is AWESOME! Now would you just please move to Minnesota so I can do all of these fun things with you??

  6. Ok… I usually dig the desserts you make but this is absolutely amazing. I HEART guava and coconut. I think I might make this for my birthday!!! 😀

  7. That is a new recipe for me and one more new ingredient to try! You can bake anything you want to, who is laughing!

  8. I am ALWAYS on the lookout for a fun new cake recipe! this looks fantastic. oh, and you could totally do a rainbow layer cake. I am a novice baker as well and did one easily for my daughter's first birthday.

  9. Tackling an Italian Cream Cake (with a guava variation) on one of your first attempts at baking is not only brave, but tasty. Turned out beautifully!

  10. Oh, wow … that looks heavenly 🙂

  11. Oof, I really need to improve my baking. Good for you!

  12. Beautiful Italian cake! I've never seen guava in a cake. You always come up with a cool recipe!

  13. Ohhh I'm impressed!!! that looks mouthwatering!! great ingredients – Keep on Baking!!
    Mary x

  14. I am drooling over here, these flavors remind me or being in the Caribbean!

  15. Guava cake? That sounds amazing! Really want to bake this now. 😀

  16. Wow this cake looks fantastic! And you were afraid of…? Can’t wait to see what else you can pull out of your sleeve =)

  17. o geez.. yum!! I love Italian cream cake… and now I really want to bake one.. only I think my mom might murder me if I bake one more thing this week 🙂 But seriously….

    LOVE the guava! Such a good idea! Hope to see more layer cakes soon :)!!

  18. Looks divine, thanks for your comment, would love to be in the Cayman right now cheers to you and 'happy Sunday!

  19. Go Carsley it's ya birthday!!! Well not really, but you did an awesome job, woo-hoo!! Your cake looks amazing. Send me a slice please, and thank you!!!

  20. This cake looks delicious. I'm not sure why, but layer cakes scare me. 😉

  21. I think it looks like you did a great job! good for you for challenging yourself.

  22. A guava layered cake…wow..that's splendid!

  23. What an awesome cake! You have been hiding that baking talent of yours! Hope to see more of your bakes!

  24. Oh my gosh, seriously, this is so wonderful. Wish I could have a slice.

  25. The cake looks so delicious! You did an awesome job! And, since it has fruit in it, it is instantly healthy. I wish I could try a slice! Can't wait until next month's recipe!

  26. I love what you did with this recipe!! Wait til next month.. you just wait, my pretty. You won this month but next month it's my turn. Now that I know I can switch things up. 🙂

  27. I don't know why, but I'm a sucker for anything labeled a cream cake. This looks tasty!

  28. This cake has such awesome exotic flavours (guava = my love fruit) and a delicious taste to boost – delicious job 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  29. I think this baking club is a great idea! Especially with beautiful cakes like this =)

  30. Your cake looks amazing! I think you are doing more than attempting to bake–you made an terrific creation.

  31. Got through and its solved now. Have a great weekend.

  32. I don't bake that often and even when I do, it will be the easiest and simplest kind of cakes or desserts. You did a great job as I can see from the pic.The cake looks puffed and moist at the same time. I didn't know that there is such as guava paste because over here we get fresh guavas very easily and they are really cheap, about 1 dollar for a big ball, all the more quite a bit of variety of the fruit.

  33. Never tasted guava cream cake..
    looks delicious.

  34. Yummy……….looks wonderful! I'm so impressed, your layers are perfect! Bet it tastes as good as it looks! Enjoy your new abilities you uber talented girl! Mrs. Herb Garden

  35. Shame on you Carsley-you have been holding back on us! This cake looks so moist and delicious. What an awesome taste of the tropics this must be. Looks like you have started this baking group with a big bang of success! I look forward to more-bravo!

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