cream cheese, softened
1Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2Cream butter and shortening; add sugar and beat until mixture is smooth.
3Add egg yolks one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.
4Combine flour and soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk.
6Add coconut and chopped pecans.
7Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.
8Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 8 inch cake pans.
9Bake for 25 minutes or until cake tests done.
10ICING: Blend cream cheese and butter until smooth.
11Add powdered sugar and water, beating until smooth.
13Spread between layers and top and sides.
14Sprinkle top with pecans.
15NOTE: For more flavor and taste, coconut and pecans may be added between the layers.