Combine sour milk & baking soda, stirring to dissolve soda.
2 t baking powder
½ t salt
3 ½ c flour (½ c of flour is set aside if using dried fruit)
1 c raisins or other dried fruit such as cranberries or blueberries
½ c nuts (can be omitted if you don’t like nuts)
*Note: if you don’t have sour milk, sour fresh milk by adding 1 tsp lemon juice per cup of fresh milk.
Cream sugar, shortening & eggs together.
Mix cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, salt, baking powder with 3 cups of flour.
Blend into creamed mixture, alternating with milk & soda mixture.
If using raisins or dried fruit, stir the reserved ½ c of flour into the mixture and then beat for 1-2 minutes to mix well.
Grease & flour 1 13”x 9” oblong pan or 2 8” layer pans, shake off excess flour.
Pour batter into pans.
Bake at 350o for 30 to 35 minutes.
Insert toothpick or knife blade in center of cake, if it comes out clean cake is done.
Cool on a rack and frost if desired.