1-2-3-4 cake

Preheat oven to 350.

Have all ingredients about 75.  Sift before measuring

2 2/3 cups flour

Resift with

2 1/4 tsp. double acting baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

Sift:  2 cups sugar

Cream until soft:  1 cup butter

Add sugar gradually.  Cream ingredients until very light.  Beat in, one at a time:  4 egg yolks.

Add:  1 tsp. vanilla and 1/2 tsp. almond extract

Add flour mixture to butter mixture in about 3 parts, alternating with halves of one cup of milk.  Take no longer than 2 minutes; add flour mixture last.

Stir batter until smooth after each addition.

Whip until stiff, but not dry:  4 egg whites.

Fold egg whites lightly into the batter.  Bake in greased (my Mom always greased and floured) layer pans from 30-35 minutes.

(I use two, greased 9″ round pans; the recipe actually calls for three.)

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