1-2-3-4 Cake, George's Dad's Favorite Cake.
Recipe from George's Grandmother Keller.

1 c shortening (butter or Crisco)
2 c sugar
3 c flour
4 eggs
1 c milk
2 t vanilla
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt

  1. Mix it all together
  2. Grease a tube cake pan (a bit of butter or Crisco on a paper towel works well)
  3. Add one or two T of sugar to the pan and swish it around, coating the pan's sides. Dump out any excess sugar.
  4. Bake for about 60 minutes (at sea level, or 75 minutes in Asheville) at 325F (160C), until broom straw comes out clean.
  5. Let cool for 20 minutes.
  6. Invert onto cooling rack; remove pan.
  7. When the bottom of the cake has reached room temperature, slide it onto a plate for serving.

F.W. Keller, George's Dad, loved this cake, eaten plain (no frosting) and warm out of the oven.