Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
1 Duncan Hines French Vanilla Cake Mix (Signature mix)
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup water
3 egg yolks
1/3 cup melted shortening
3 egg whites
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut
Prepare two 8 or 9 inch cake pans.
In a small bowlâ€¦
Whip the egg whitesâ€¦to soft peak stage. Add powdered sugar and vanillaâ€¦beat until blended. Set aside
In a separate bowlâ€¦
Add buttermilk, water, lightly beaten egg yolks and melted shortening to the cake mix.
Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Fold in the chopped nuts and flaked coconut.
Fold the beaten egg whites into the cake mix mixture.
Pour into prepared pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 â€“ 32 minutes (until the cake springs back when touched lightly).
Cool completely and frost with cream cheese frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 stick butter
8 oz. cream cheese
One teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugarâ€¦.to the desired consistency (about 6 cups)
Blend together butter and cream cheese that is room temperatureâ€¦add vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until smooth and creamy.
Frost in between the cake layers, top and sidesâ€¦top with coconut and pecans.