This was my Grandma's recipe. I believe it dates back to the depression. A moist and versatile cake that will please everyone. Really good with Fresh Strawberry Frosting or for strawberry shortcake or pineapple upside-down cake. You can double the recipe for a 10x13 pan or triple the recipe for a 12x16 pan.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Grease and flour a 9 inch x 9 inch pan.
- Sift dry ingredients together.
- Add shortening, the 2/3 cup milk, and the vanilla; beat for 2 minutes.
- Add the 1/3 cup milk and egg; beat for 2 more minutes.
- Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake for about 45-50 minutes or until done. You might check a little earlier because my oven runs cool. If doubling or tripling the recipe, you'll have to increase the cooking time substantially.
- UPSIDE DOWN CAKE:.
- If making pineapple upside down cake, use the strained juice in the batter, reducing the milk by the amount of juice used.
- Drop pieces of butter and sprinkle brown sugar on pan.
- Lay pineapple rings down.
- Pour cake batter on top.
Have made this cake often over the years and always turns out well. I make it EXACTLY as written otherwise I would not be ab le to rate it. It is very versatile and makes a nice base for a strawberry shortcake. Also good sandwiched together with chocolate icing or substitute almond or lemon flavoring for a change. The possibilities are endless.
Very Nice and Easy too! To make this a little healthier I used: white whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup sugar with 1 cup Splenda granular, margarine, and 1% milk. It turned out soft with a nice crumb and mellow flavor. I enjoyed this cut in half and layered with a lemon mousse and sliced freshed strawberries and topped with lemon curd. Yum! Made for the Please Review tag game.
This is really good. it was moist and delicious. I used strawberry yogurt instead of the 1/3 cup of milk and there was a smll undertaste of it. I also used chunkc of banana from a small banana to give it that banana bread taste and it sort of worked. Next time I'll puree the banana to even it out in the batter.