combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir with a whisk until well blended. make a well in center of mixture
add oil, eggs, mandarin oranges, and vanilla. beat 1 minute at slow spped with an electric mixer, increase spped to medium, and beat until well blended.
Stir in mashed carrots, pecans, and coconut.
pour cake mixture into 3 (9) inch round cake pans; (sometimes I use square). Divide the cake mixture evenly. Bake at 350@ for 23 minutes or until a wooden tooth pick inserted in the center come out clean. (do not over bake) Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes, remove and cool completely.
Praline Sauce, I cook this while my cake in baking and set aside and let cool.
Melt butter in a small saucepan over mediun heat. Stir in brown sugar and cream. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. reduce hear, and boil gently uncovered for (3) minutes. stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. stir in vanilla and bourbon, and pecans. Let cool to spreading consistency, stirring occasionally
Beat cream cheese, buttger, cinnamon and vanilla, in a large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed until fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating to a spreading consistency.
PUTTING CAKE TOGETHER
spoon 2 tbls. cinnamon-cream cheese flosting in the center of bottom layer. Spread about half of the praline sauce around unfrosted portion on top of cake. Add second layer and do the same thing. Add the 3rd layer and frost with remain cream cheese frosting.
This sounds like a lot work, but it really isn't, and your family and friends will love it.