Seriously… its awesome. And could kill you. But in an awesome way…
This recipe is modified off a friends recipe. I’d never actually eaten it until just now, but I’m gonna have to say it was a good idea to try the new recipe blind.. I actually was looking through all my notes/books/e-mails (the recipe resource pile essentially) because I bought some cream cheese on sale that I needed to use up. I wasn’t in the mood to try anything complicated, so I decided to give this a try!
1 box of chocolate cake mix (and whatever you need to make it, probably some oil, water, and 3 eggs)
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 8oz package of softened cream cheese
1/2 cup of butter or margarine (1 whole stick)
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup of dessicated coconut (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Follow the instructions on the cake box and have that all mixed up. I cheated with mine. It called for 3 eggs and I only had two in the fridge. I’m surprised I had eggs at all, I usually only bake with flax seed as a substitute. So I used 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of baking powder, in hopes that it would rise anyway. But I thought the finished great was perfect even with this modification. I’m not entirely sure how different the cake would be with three eggs instead. I’m sure it’d be very comparable. (Or better I’m assuming)
Chop the pecans and then sprinkle them on the bottom of the pan(s). I used 1 cup of chopped pecans. Although I will say, if you measure the pecans before you chop them, you probably won’t have enough.
Sprinkle the coconut over the pecans.
Pour the cake mix evenly over the coconut and pecans.
Melt the butter in a mixing bowl. Add the cream cheese and mix together well. I had pieces of cream cheese still in the mix; it wasn’t blended perfect, but thats okay.
Then add the 3 cups of powdered sugar. Mix in well. I ended up getting quite a bit of it on myself actually, but that’s usually how it goes when me and powdered sugar get together… haha
Stick this mix in the microwave until it gets a little more runny. Just make sure you don’t let it get too hot.
Pour the mixture slowly over the cake mix in the pan. I did in in rows to try and have even coverage. That actually worked pretty well. I wasn’t expecting success with that, but it came out okay.
Then I sprinkled some dessicated coconut on the top for my own amusement. Seriously, its not at all necessary. I just thought it would look cool and add some texture. So if you don’t have any it won’t affect the actual cake at all.
Then she goes in the oven! Mine were both in approximately 55 minutes at 350. If you’re not sure, do the toothpick test. (Obviously not where the cream cheese topping is so, that’ll always be sticky, haha).
I had some right when it came out of the oven, which was definitely worth the burnt tongue. Its still great after its been in the fridge though, so try not to eat it all at once!