Before we start the baking process we must first pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Next focus on the materials needed, and put those out first. Start by gathering the basics such as milk, eggs, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, shortening, vanilla, and a packet of gumballs. Then get the measuring utensils; measuring cup, mixing bowl, measuring spoons, and the baking pan. The size of the baking pan depends on the amount of cakes you want to make, two-8x8 inch cake pans or one-9x13 inch pan. The pans should be deep and round, so the cake can rise while baking.

Now we start the process that will lead to baking our cake. Start by measuring the ingredients this way things will move along more quickly. The measurrements must be exact and precise, or the cake will not taste the same. You will need to measure out 2 ¼ cup white flour,1 ½ cup sugar, 3 teasppons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ cup shortening, ¾ cup milk, 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla, and ¼ cup milk. Then you will need two eggs, and a packet of small

Begin by mixing together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Next drop in the shortening. Pour in the first quantity of milk and vanilla. The first quantity being the ¾ cup milk and the 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla. Mix at a medium speed with an electric mixer, or with a fork until well blended. Last add the remainder of the milk and eggs, and stir until all the lumps have disappeared. This usually takes three to four minutes. Set aside your ingredients, and get your pan ready by greasing lightly and pou