Separate eggs and beat whites until stiff; set aside. Mix margarine and vegetable shortening until creamy; add sugar. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk; add alternately with flour; beat well. Add coconut, nuts, and extract flavors. Fold in stiffly-beaten egg whites. Pour into 3 separate greased and floured 9-inch cake pans using approximately 2 cups batter for each pan. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 25 minutes. Spread Cream Cheese icing between layers and on top and sides of cooled cake.
Cream Cheese Icing:
Combine ingredients and beat well.
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