Old Fashioned Sugar Cake-made in a cast-iron skillet, no icing needed for this light and flavorful cake.
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 large egg whites
confectioner's sugar for dusting
Cream together shortening and milk for about 3 minutes, (it will look like small curd cottage cheese.) Add in vanilla.
in a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add flour, one third at a time to the milk mixture, blending well after each addition.
Lastly, add in egg whites, beating just until all combined.
Pour batter into a greased and floured (do not use a spray) 10 inch cast iron skillet.
Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 40-45 minutes, using a toothpick inserted in the center to test for doneness.
Let cool on a wire rack for at least 45 minutes before serving, lightly dust with powdered sugar if desired.