I’ve had this recipe for so long that I don’t remember where I got it. I like the versatility of the basic recipe. The directions for making different flavors follows the basic recipe.
Cake From Scratch
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
For a yellow cake: Whisk together all dry ingredients. Cut in shortening until resembles fine crumbs. Add milk, eggs & vanilla. Beat on low speed for 1 minute, then high speed for 2 minutes. Pour batter into 13″ X 9″ greased and floured pan. Bake in 350 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.
For Chocolate cake: Add 1/4 cup baking cocoa to dry ingredients and then follow the rest of the directions for a yellow cake.
For White cake: use 3 egg whites instead of the 2 whole eggs. Whites may be beaten and added separately for a lighter cake.
For Spice cake: Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves & 1/4 teaspoon allspice to dry ingredients.