Step 1: The cake
To make it from stratch, you need:
2 1/3 cups self-rising or all purpose flour (if you do not have this or are not sure if it is self rising, use a teaspoon of baking soda)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening (I was out, so I used vegetable oil. You could also use butter.)
1 cup milk (I was out of this as well. So I used a half cup of evaporated milk and a half cup of water.)
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring ( I used vanilla extract. You should read recipes more carefully than I do.)
Mix the flour, sugar and shortening well. Add milk and flavoring gradually, scraping bowl frequently. Add eggs. Beat for 2 more minutes.
Take baking pan and grease with butter, oil or pam. Flour lightly. Pour batter into 9" pans. Bake for approx. 35 minutes at 350 degrees.