Rave Reviews Coconut Cake

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A wonderful moist coconut cake perfect for birthday parties. Walnuts and pecans are interchangeable in this recipe.

Rave Reviews Coconut Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups flaked coconut
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 8 or 9 inch round cake pans.

2 Blend the cake mix, pudding mix, water, eggs and oil in a large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed for 4 minutes. Stir in 2 cups of the coconut and the chopped walnuts. Pour the batter into the prepared pans.

3 Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 minutes. Let cakes cool in pans for 15 minutes then remove and finish cooling on rack.

4 To Make Frosting: Melt the butter or margarine in a skillet. Add the 2 cups flaked coconut and stir constantly over low heat until golden brown. Spread coconut on absorbent paper to cool.

5 Cream the remaining 2 tablespoons butter or margarine with the cream cheese. Add the milk and confectioners’ sugar alternately, beating well. Add the vanilla and stir in 1 3/4 cups of the toasted coconut.

6 To Assemble Cake: Spread tops of cooled cake layers with some of the frosting. Stack them and then frost the sides of the cake. Sprinkle Cake with the remaining toasted coconut.