Basic Yellow Cake Recipe
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BASIC YELLOW CAKE

2/3 c. Sugar                 
¼ c. shortening            
¼ t. salt                       
1 t vanilla                     
1 egg
1½ c flour
½ c. milk
2 t. baking powder

Cream together shortening and sugar.  Add egg and flavoring and beat thoroughly.  Sift together dry ingredients and add alternately with milk to sugar mix.  Pour into well-greased 2-cake pan and bake at 375ºF for 35 min. 

VARIATIONS:

CREAM CAKE:  Bake yellow cake.  When cool, cover with layer of thinly sliced bananas that have been dipped in orange juice.  Place dollops of whipped cream around top edge.

CHOCOLATE CAKE:  Add 1 sq of unsweetened chocolate that has been melted over water or 1 T. Cocoa powder to shortening/sugar mixture.

SPICE CAKE:  Add 1 t. cinnamon, 1/2 t nutmeg,  1/4 t  cloves, and 1/2 c raisins to cake batter.

RAISIN CAKE:    Add 1/2 c raisins  to cake .

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE:  In bottom of cake pan pour 2 T melted butter and 1/2 c brown sugar.  Mix.  Layer pineapple rings and maraschino cherries in center of rings.   Cover with batter and bake as before for 30 min.

QUICK COFFEE CAKE:  Add 1 T grated lemon rind to batter.  Pour into greased pan.  Sprinkle generously with a mixture of 1/2 c sugar 1 T cinnamon.  Bake .

WASHINGTON PIE:  Bake in two cake pans.  Prepare cream filling.  And place between layers.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

This cake can be used as shortcake by baking in a jelly roll pan...that’s a cookie sheet with sides.   Then cut in squares and top with any fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Turn this cake into cup cakes by baking in muffin tins greased or lined with muffin cups.  Fill 2/3 full and bake as for cake.