Frosting choices: Sift icing sugar over or chocolate butter icing or lemon/orange butter icing.
Simple butter icing- icing sugar, butter, cocoa, tiny bit of milk, for chocolate, just measure amounts that look right and whip them all together.
Lemon or orange butter icing: the same as chocolate except instead of cocoa, use lemon or orange zest, and a teaspoon of vanilla or a tiny bit of the lemon or orange juice.
Sift before measuring,cake flour, resift with sugar.
add soft butter, eggs,milk, salt baking powder and vanilla.
Beat these ingredients vigorously with a wire whisk or electric beater for 2 or 3 minutes.
Bake the cake in a buttered 9 x 13 inch pan or in two 8 inch buttered, round layer pans in a moderate oven (350°F) for about 1/2 hour or until tester inserted in middle comes out clean.
Spice cake: add to flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon cloves.
Chocolate cake: Use 4 tablespoons less flour and add to flour 4 tablespoons cocoa.