1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract or you can use anise, almond, lemon, etc.
1 cup milk
2 cups all-purpose flour sifted
4 teaspoons baking powder
In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar; add eggs and beat with electric hand mixer until blended.
Add flavoring, then alternate milk and flour.
beat at least 3 minutes, add baking powder and beat one more minutes.
Pour into 9-inch tube pan that has been greased and floured.
Bake in preheated 350° oven 35 minutes or until cake tests done.
When cool, ice with icing made with 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar mixed with small amount of milk and about a teaspoon of flavoring, until it is the consistency of very heavy cream.
Spread on top of cake.