Sift flour, baking powder, salt. Cream butter, add sugar, beat in vanilla. Add 2 egg whites at a time and beat until all 8 are added. Fold in flour mixture alternately with milk. Begin and end with flour. Turn into 4 UNGREASED 9 inch cake pans lined with baking paper or waxed paper. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool in pan a bit, then turn out and peel off paper.
Lane Cake Filling:
8 egg yolks
2 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. butter
1 c. raisins or dates, chopped
1-1/2 c. coconut-grated
1-1/2 c. chopped pecans
1 T. Rum extract,(bourbon or brandy)
1 t. vanilla
Beat egg yolks in large pan. Beat in sugar and butter. Cook and stir over moderate heat until thick, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in fruit, bourbon, chopped pecans,vanilla. Cool and spread between layers and on top of cake.
Option: Use as layer filling only then ice cake with boiled or 7 minute frosting, or your favorite.