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sour milk or buttermilk
Sift flour; measure; add baking powder, soda, salt, and spices; sift again.
Cream shortening; add sugar gradually; cream together until light and fluffy.
Add unbeaten eggs one at a time beating thoroughly after each addition.
Add dry ingredients alternately with sour milk or buttermilk, stirring only enough after each addition to blend thoroughly.
Pour into a greased pan 13 by 9 by2 inches. (My mother made a round 2 layer cake)
Bake in a moderate oven (350 F.) 45 to 50 minutes.
When cool spread with any desired frosting. (My mother used Burnt Sugar Frosting.)