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Yield 2-9- inch layers


4 ½ c                       FLOUR, WHEAT, ALL PURPOSE
2 c                           SUGAR, GRANULATED
1 ½ tsp                   SALT
2 ½ tbsp                 BAKING POWDER
1 tsp                       BAKING SODA
2 tsp                       CINNAMON, GROUND
1 tsp                       CLOVES, GROUND
Pinch                      ALLSPICE, GROUND
¼ c                          MILK, NONFAT, DRY
1 c                           SHORTENING
1 ¼ c                       WATER
4                              EGGS, WHOLE, LARGE
¼ c                          MOLASSES
¼ c                          WATER
 1 tbsp                    EXTRACT, VANILLA


  1. Preheat convection oven 325°F.
  2. Sift together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and milk into mixer bowl.     
  3. Add shortening and water to dry ingredients.  Beat at low speed 1 minute until blended.  Scrape down bowl.  Continue beating at medium speed 2 minutes.             
  4. Combine eggs, molasses, water, and vanilla.  Add slowly to mixture while beating at low speed.  Scrape down bowl.  Beat at medium speed for 3 minutes.     
  5. Lightly spray each pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Pour batter into each greased and floured pan.           
  6. Using a convection oven, bake at 325 F. for 35 minutes or until done.   
  7. Cool; frost if desired.