If your cakes are not even you can cut them with a wire cake cutter. Just set your cake on a flat and level surface. Hold the cake cutter by the handle and pull it evenly through the cake. The cake has to be completely cool to do this or it may crumble.
To toast dried coconut just spread in a shallow pan and toast at 375º F for 5 - 7 minutes or until light brown; stirring frequently.
Slightly adapted from Williams-Sonoma.