By Sinea Pies
When our daughter, Shannon, was little she always asked me to make a vanilla cake from scratch for her birthday. That was many years ago! When her darling daughter Sara-my granddaughter-recently had a birthday, Shannon asked me for the recipe so that she could bake it for her. I'd forgotten just how good it is. In fact, it is so good that you'll want a lot of people there to eat it so that you don't eat it all yourself! :)
2 cups all purpose flour or 2 ¼ cups cake flour
1 ½ cups sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
¾ cups shortening
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans or a 13X9X2 inch baking pan.
- Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat a low speed until well-blended, about 1 minute. Increase speed to medium and beat 4 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pans and smooth the tops. Bake 25-30 minutes for layers (35-40 minutes for oblong pan) or until a wooden pick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean.
- Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Invert the pans, remove and let cool completely on racks. Frost with butter cream frosting (or cheat and buy vanilla frosting in a can!)
Butter Cream Frosting
6 T butter, softened
4 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 tsp vanilla
4-5 T light cream or milk
Place the ingredients for frosting in mixing bowl and beat at medium speed until frosting is very smooth, adding more cream or milk if necessary until frosting is of a good spreading consistency.