This can be a 5-star cake, but for novice bakers it is a 3-star as written. Cake batter is great as written, but the frosting and overall timing is way off. First, for a good amount of frosting you should 1.5x the frosting as others have suggested. Plus, toasting the coconut and pecans takes the flavor to a 5-star level. Also, bringing the frosting to a boil is critical. Let it cool to thicken to proper consistency. This took at least an hour, plus I put it in the fridge to speed it up. The timing for this recipe is at least 2 hours for novices. BUT, THE CAKE IS A 5-star once the kinks are worked out for beginners.
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This can be a 5-star cake, but for novice bakers it is a 3-star as written. Cake batter is...