Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 40 mins

This cake was served at a bridal shower that I attended a couple of years ago. I begged for (and received) this recipe afterwards.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Make cake layers:.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F and lightly butter and flour three 9-by 2-inch round cake pans, knocking out any excess flour.
  3. In a bowl with an electric mixer beat together sugar, shortening, and margarine until light and fluffy.
  4. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Into another bowl sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  6. Beat flour mixture into egg mixture in 2 batches alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, until combined.
  7. Beat in vanilla, coconut, and chopped pecans.
  8. Beat egg whites in another bowl until they just hold stiff peaks and fold into batter gently but thoroughly.
  9. Divide batter among pans, smoothing tops, and bake in upper two thirds of oven, switching position of pans in oven halfway through baking, until a tester comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
  10. Cool cake layers in pans on racks 10 minutes and invert onto racks to cool completely.
  11. Make frosting:.
  12. In a bowl with an electric mixer beat together cream cheese, margarine, and vanilla until smooth.
  13. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar, beating until creamy.
  14. Stack cake layers on a cake plate, spreading about 1/2 cup frosting between each layer.
  15. Spread remaining frosting on top and side of cake.
Most Helpful

Delicious! I made half a recipe of cake, and a whole recipe of frosting. I found the frosting to be a little thin, and will add more sugar next time. I also sprinkled coconut on top so nobody would be surprised by it inside :-)

Random Rachel December 20, 2007

Holy moly! I made this cake for my mother's birthday and we all agreed that this had to be the BEST cake we have ever tasted in our entire life! I just cannot even explain how amazing this cake is. I really wish I could give this more than 5 stars! I love it so much I want it for my wedding cake!!!! I also just sprinkled a little coconut on top just for a finishing touch! Worked out well! Thank you for this amazing recipe...or should I not thank you for the weight gain from this cake! :)

Jamie Lynne July 08, 2005