This is a recipe I have made for years ,it is one of my brother Charles favorite Christmas and Easter cakes.My late brother Pierson all way's wanted it for his Birthday Cake.I first found it in 1978 in a magazine .The recipe has the date on the bottom of the recipe card I cut out .It is from Baker's Angel Flake...
1 package (2 layer size) yellow cake mix-no pudding in mix
1 package (3.4oz) jello vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
1 and 1/3 cups of water
4 large eggs
1/4 cup of a good vegatable oil
2 cups bakers angel flake coconut
1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans(i use walnuts)
COCONUT -CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
4 tablespoons of butter
2 cups of angel flake coconut
1 package of (8 oz )cream cheese
2 teaspoons of milk
3 and 1/2 cups of sifted confectioners (powered)sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1Blend cake mix ,pudding mix,water ,eggs,and oil in larger mixer bowl.Beat at medium speed of electric mixer 4 minutes.Stir in coconut and walnuts.POUR into three (3) greased and floured 9-inch layer pans.Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes (test with tooth pick)..Cool in pans for 15 minutes ;remove from pans and cool on rack.Till totaly cool .Fill and frost with the Cream Cheese Frosting listed below..
2Frosting:Melt two tablespoons of butter (use Real Butter)in skillet.Add coconut ;stir constantly over low heat untill golden brown.Spread coconut on paper towel to cool.Cream Cheese,with two tablespoons of butter .Add milk and sugar alternately,beating well .Add vanilla ;stir in 1 and 1/3 cups of the coconut.Spread on tops and side of the cake layers.Sprinkle with the remaining coconut::::; Personal Note ....... Besure you toast the coconut the way the recipe say's,in a skillet .The butter adds to the taste.I once did it in the oven and it did not have the same taste
3HIGH altitude areas ,increase water to 1 and 3/4 cups of water add 1/4 cup of flour...