At our house, we seldom even frost this, we just snack on it till it's gone.......it is THAT good.
8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature(important)
3 cups granulated sugar
6 large eggs at room temperature (important)
3 cups cake flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
In a LARGE bowl, with electric mixer, beat the room temperature butter for about a minute. Add the room temperature cream cheese and beat for two more minutes (it should look light and fluffy). It is very important that both of these ingredients are at room temperature.
Gradually sprinkle in the sugar (while your mixer is running) 1/2 cup at a time; beat well. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg. Mix in extracts.
Measure out 3 cups of CAKE FLOUR and 1/8 tsp. salt, then sift it all. Add slowly to butter mixture, on low speed, mixing well after each addition.
Generously grease AND flour a 10" bundt pan (don't use cooking spray) Bake in preheated 300 degree oven for 1 hour 40 minutes, or till toothpick tests clean.
Fairly nondescript looking, but don't let that sway you. The genius of this recipe is in the taste. The combination of butter and cream cheese makes this cake to die for moist and rich.
Let the cake cool, in the pan, for 15 minutes before you turn it out, then cover it with plastic wrap, directly on the surface of the hot cake, until it is completely cool. Frost as desired.
NOTE: Yes, 300 degree oven is correct.
NOTE: Don't be tempted to grease your pan with vegetable spray. Make sure you grease and flour your pan well (tap out excess flour).
NOTE: Make sure you sift the cake flour. I know it is a pain, but cake flour tends to clump more than all purpose flour, so this step is important. You CAN make this cake with all purpose flour, but you won't get that very fine crumb that is so delicious.