How to Make Cake from Scratch?

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 and 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 and finally pour batter into the greased and floured pan, and bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.