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.
Step 2: Frosting
4 cups sifted confectioners sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
1 cup solid vegetable shortening ( I used butter)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoon milk or water
Sift confectioners sugar into a large mixing bowl, set aside. Cream shortening, vanilla and milk or water. Gradually add sugar and mix on medium speed until all ingredients have been thoroughly mixed together. Blend an additional minute or so, until creamy.
Don't mix in the food coloring unless you're ready to frost right now.
Step 3: Decorating
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