I love this recipe. My sister in law used to make this whenever we went home to Southern Illinois to visit my husband's sisters and brothers. I always loved it. I've never been able to make it as well as Freda but this recipe is a close second. If you are looking down from heaven, Freda, I have named this cake for you.
Cream Crisco, butter and sugar together. Separate eggs and add the five yolks, one at a time. Add dry ingredients along with buttermilk. Stir in nuts. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Bake in three greased and floured 9 inch cake pans for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before removing from pans and placing on wire cake rakes to cool completely.
Icing: Warm butter and cream cheese to room temperature. Mix with remaining ingredients until smooth. Frost cake and decorate with pecans.