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Coconut Layer Cake with Chocolate and Coconut Buttercream Frosting

A.K.A. Justin's birthday cake. He asked for it. He got it!

There is a little Italian deli not too far from home that makes a really good coconut cake. We go there to eat and make sure we save room for dessert. And sometimes we don't save room so we get a slice of cake to go.

Since we like that cake so much, it was time for me to make one myself. I followed the recipe, then deviated when it came to the frosting.

After each taste-test lick from the beaters, I knew this one was a keeper. The cake was nice and tender, spongy, light. The coconut frosting was very mild. The chocolate frosting was rich. It was a great combination.

For the cake
2 3/4 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter (room temperature)
1 cup canned Coco Lopez sweetened cream of coconut
4 large eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk

For the frosting
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup softe…