Step 1: Prep and gather
Beginner bakers should assemble all ingredients in the work area. (LinuxH4x0r know that "mom" just checks the cupboards to make sure she has everything.)
Next preheat your oven and prep the pans you will use.
Cupcake pans should be greased and floured. Alternatively, use paper liners.
For round cake pans, line with waxed paper then grease and flour.
Square pans can be greased and floured.
Step 2: My Favorite Cake Recipe
1 2/3 cups Sugar
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups Milk
2/3 cups Butter (softened)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Note: Vegetable oil or shortening may be substituted for the butter
Recipe adapted from the Betty Crocker Cook Book
Step 3: Mixing the Batter
Add in milk, butter, and vanilla. Stir until well mixed. (Old cookbook would suggest 100 strokes).
Beat in eggs. (300 strokes?? This depends on how light and fluffy you want you cake to be.)
Batter should now be uniform in texture and color. If not, continue to beat until uniformity reached.