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!


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

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.

SoniaMarrigah's Review

November 24, 2014

bianca0520's Review

August 15, 2014

MHHamm's Review

December 25, 2012

kathleenh511's Review

February 07, 2012