My mom used to make this cake before she had an electric mixer and used a rotary beater. They were great. Since she's not with us anymore I have taken on the task...with a electric mixer. This is the trick I use for the frosting if you only want to ice the tops of the layers. I add extra coconut and nuts, and make it the night before so it thickens (I just leave it on the stove/counter covered up). It will be much richer, but there's no way getting around it...the cake is rich anyway. Also the preparation is not so time consuming. I used to make the cake then the frosting; then I'd have to wait for the hot frosting to cool, blah, blah, blah. I keep my cake in a covered cake carrier and it stays moist.
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My mom used to make this cake before she had an electric mixer and used a rotary beater. They...