Italian Cream Cake

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Ingredients:

Cake:
  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 5 egg whites
Frosting: 
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
 Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans.
  2. Beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
  3. In a large bowl, cream 1/2 cup margarine and shortening till light. Add white sugar, and beat till fluffy. Beat in egg yolks. Stir together flour and baking soda, and add alternately with buttermilk into the creamed mixture; mix well after each addition. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla, coconut, and 1 cup pecans. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Spoon into prepared pans.
  4. Bake for 25 to 40 minutes. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Combine cream cheese, 1/2 cup margarine, confectioners' sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in mixer bowl. Beat till smooth. Add coconut if desired. Frost the cooled cake. The remaining 1/2 cup pecans can be stirred into frosting or sprinkled on the cake after it is frosted.
 
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