I always do this recipe. The box cake mix isn't doing the cake any justice. A simple 1-2-3 cake is the way to go. (Perferably Paula Dean's) I also put crushed pineapples between the layers as well as the coconut mixture.
I much prefer this recipe made with a butter recipe yellow cake mix, and 2 cups of granulated sugar instead of the 1 cup suggested here. I did try this recipe, but the white cake does not stack up as tall and is not as flavorful, and with 1/2 the sugar the consistency of the filling is not thick enough to hold the layers.
I love ANYTHING with coconut! I'd heard about this cake before and couldn't wait to try the recipe. It was O.K, but not as wonderful as I'd expected! Sorry. Next time, I'll bake a white cake and use my no-cook icing recipe. At least I won't have to wait three days to enjoy the cake!!