2 cups sugar
½ cup butter
1 cup water
4 tablespoons cocoa
½ cup shortening
½ cup buttermilk
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
Frosting½ cup butter
6 tablespoons milk
2½ cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
⅛ cup caramel sauce
7 to 8 ounces caramel
⅛ cup whole milk
¾ cup milk or semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening or oil
- Line a cookie sheet with foil and spread shredded sweetened coconut evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, checking and stirring regularly every 2-3 minutes to toast coconut evenly and keep from burning. When at least 2/3 of the coconut is light golden brown, remove from oven and let cool.
- Line a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with foil and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, measure flour and sugar. Set aside.
- In a medium sauce pan, combine butter, water, cocoa and shortening. Bring to a boil. After mixture reaches a boil, add it to the flour mixture and stir to combine.
- Add buttermilk, then baking soda, then eggs, then vanilla in that order, mixing in-between each addition.
- Pour into 9 x 13 baking pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or when a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
- In a medium microwave safe bowl, combine butter and milk and bring to a boil. Stir in caramel sauce and then add powdered sugar and vanilla and stir until smooth.
- After cake has baked, remove from oven and poke holes in hot cake with a fork. Pour frosting evenly over top. Immediately sprinkle top of warm frosting with toasted coconut.
- In microwavable bowl, add caramel and milk and cook on high in 30 second increments, string in between each increment. Continue to cook and stir until caramel is smooth. Drizzle over coconut.
- In another microwavable bowl, add chocolate chips and shortening (or oil). Microwave on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between each increment until the chocolate in melted. Drizzle over caramel.
- Let caramel and chocolate drizzle set before cutting cake into squares.