This is an easy recipe and a great alternative to the packaged box cake mixes. First grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Then assemble these ingredients: 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 cups white sugar, 1/2 cup shortening, 2 eggs, 1 cup milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Cut in shortening until fine crumbs are formed. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla. Beat at low speed for 1 minute, then high for 2 minutes, scraping the bowl frequently. Pour batter into the greased and floured pan. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.Cake can icinged or decorated, or you can just enjoy it plain.