1 (3-layer) cake

This cake is sure to win raves in your home - as it did in our Test Kitchens.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add vanilla, beating until blended.

Step 2

Combine flour and soda; add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in coconut.

Step 3

Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form, and fold into batter. Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cakepans.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

Step 5

Spread Nutty Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

MommyG's Review

March 13, 2010
Make twice and each time...delicious and perfect! Hints: double the frosting, dust your pans w/powdered sugar vs flour. Since cake is large and requires refrigeration...carry it in a large cooler...so your folks don't have to make room for it in their already crowded holiday fridge. Don't worry...it won't last long!

KeysBet's Review

March 08, 2010
I took this to a dinner party and everyone raved about it. I did add 2/3 cup of pecans to the batter, and made extra frosting. Left nuts out of some of the frosting and trimmed out the cake with the plain frosting and added a ring of whole pecans around the top edge. Great presentation & exceptional taste. Will make again & again.


September 26, 2015
To keep from printing all the advertisement and wasting ink I copy and paste this recipe. Oh yeah, love this recipe.

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November 24, 2014

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December 25, 2012

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February 07, 2012

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August 15, 2014