Cake: Blend first 5 ingredients in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer for 4 minutes. Stir in coconut and walnuts. Pour into 3 (9 inch) layer pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes. Cool in pans 15 minutes. Remove and cool on rack. Fill and frost with frosting.
Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting: Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet. Add coconut; stir constantly over low heat until golden brown. Spread coconut on absorbent paper to cool. Cream 2 tablespoons butter with cream cheese. Add milk and sugar alternately, beating well. Add vanilla; stir in 1 3/4 cups of the coconut. Spread on tops and sides of cake layers. Sprinkle with remainder of coconut.
By Robin from Washington, IA
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