Silver White Cake


  • 2¼ cups cake flour or 2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • ½ cups sugar
  • 3½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 egg whites (½ cup)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour baking pan, 13x9x2 inches, or 2 round layer pans, 8 or 9x1½ inches.
  3. Measure flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, shortening, ⅔ cup of the milk and the vanilla into large mixer bowl.
  4. Blend ½ minute on low speed, scraping bowl constantly.
  5. Beat 2 minutes high speed, scraping bowl occasionally.
  6. Add remaining milk and the egg whites; beat 2 minutes high speed, scraping bowl occasionally.
  7. Pour into pan(s).
  8. Bake oblong 35 to 40 minutes, layers 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Cool.
  10. If desired, frost with White Mountain Frosting or Chocolate Butter Frosting.

*Do not use self-rising flour in this recipe. When using all-purpose flour, add all milk in first step.

Note: For cupcakes, pour batter into paper-lined muffin cups, filling each ½ full. Bake 20 minutes.


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