4cupspowdered sugar,sifted or whisked to remove clumps
Cream Cheese Frosting
1cupfinely chopped pecans, toasted
To Decorate Cake
2cupssweetened shredded coconut,(You can toast it or use it as is)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour 3 9-inch cake pans.
Use an electric mixer to beat butter and shortening until fluffy.
Gradually add granulated sugar and dark brown sugar, mixing well.
Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating just until mixed in before adding next one.
Beat in vanilla.
Whisk together flour and baking soda in a medium bowl and add it to butter mixture alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed between additions.
Stir in 1 cu chopped pecans and 1 cup coconut.
Beat egg whites with a whisk attachment at high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter in 3 additions. Here are some good instructions for folding egg whites into batter.
Divide batter evenly between the 3 prepared cake pans. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Let cool in pans for 10 minutes and then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
To make Caramel Frosting, bring the butter, light brown sugar, and dark brown sugar to a rolling boil in a saucepan. Boil for about 6 to 7 minutes, stirring constantly.
Stir in heavy cream, whisking until it gets smooth. Pour into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, gradually beat in powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat for 10 minutes at medium speed. Use immediately.
Spread half of Caramel frosting between cake layers and the remaining half on top of the cake. Do not use any for the sides of the cake.
To make Cream Cheese Frosting, beat butter and cream cheese ate medium speed. Gradually beat in powdered sugar. Beat in vanilla. Stir in shopped pecans.
Spread on sides and top of cake.
Press shredded coconut into sides of cake. Store in refrigerator.
You will need 2 cups of toasted finely chopped pecans. Spread them out on a baking sheet and place in a 350 degree oven for 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool before using.