This was an excellent cake - very moist yet the texture also had a lightness to it. First of all, after reading several reviews of this recipe and looking at the pictures posted by others, I decided to use the filling between the layers and on the top (instead of spreading it all over the sides of the cake) I thought this made for a much prettier presentation. I made 1 1/2 the amount of filling - just to be safe and prepared it the day before making the cake and was glad that I did. Do be prepared to babysit and stir the filling as it thickens for about 40 minutes. I let it cool, added the pecans, coconut and kept it in the refrigerator overnight. I then made sure I took it out early enough so that it came back up to room temperature before putting it on the cake. The filling was perfect and the amount I made was more than enough to fill the layers and the top. Instead of prepping the cake pans with the usual grease/flour combo, I used butter, a bit of cooking spray and cocoa powder so that the sides of the cake wouldn't have that floury pasty look. They were perfectly done at about 27 min and I let them cool for just the 10 minutes before trying to remove them. These cakes are delicate and will crumble easily. I took a butter knive and circled around between the outside of the cakes and edges of the pans to make the removal a bit easier. Only a tiny bit in the middle stuck to the bottom of the pans - nothing that couldn't be dealt with.
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This was an excellent cake - very moist yet the texture also had a lightness to it. First...