2 tablespoons vinegar and sour cream to make 1 cup
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Optional: Substitute nutmeg, mace, and/or cardamon for the cloves and allspice
Optional: Add 1 cup of golden raisins
Sift dry ingredients. Mix and beat well the shortening, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Mix the vinegar and sour cream together in a measuring cup; add alternately with the sifted ingredients and beat until smooth. Add nuts and/or raisins and beat all until smooth.
Bake at 375〫in layer pans for 25 to 30 minutes, or in an oblong pyrex dish for 35 to 40 minutes.
Frost with the butter cream frosting of your choice.