Plain Cake...
Source:  Gladys Mixson (Handwritten in an old family cookbook.)

1/2 cup Shorting
3/4 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 1/2 cups of Flour
2 teaspoons B powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon flavoring

Cream the butter add suger gradually separate white & yoke of egg 
and Beat yoke until light and add to cream butter and sugar
Sift together remaining dry ingredients add this alternating with milk
beat thourghly
Flavor with Vanilla beat egg white till stiff and fold them into batter
Bake in moderate oven for about 45-min