italian cream cake...what you like about it

Joined Sep 11, 2005
I have only made an italian cream cake a few times using emeril's recipe from t.v. show.  Now, what do you guys look for in an italian cream cake..authentic traits?  I basically used the same cream cheese frosting that I would use on a red velvet or carrot cake..In fact, I have only made cakes that uses cream cheese frosting.  I do not like the taste of store buttercream unless chocolate.  So, do you use mascarpone cream cheese?  Is it a coconut cake with nuts?  I am planning to bake one for a girlfriend birthday and would like to try a different recipe.  Please share your favorite italian cream cake
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