Birthday Cake with Ornamental Icing

Those of you of a certain age may remember your mom or grandmother making this cake for your birthday. This is what birthday cake is suppose to taste like.

If you are making it for small children it would be best to leave out the surprises.  This also makes beautiful cupcakes.

Birthday Cake With Ornamental Icing
1 9-inch tube cake
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1/2 cup shortening (not oil)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon almond extract

Cream shortening, sugar, and eggs together. Mix and sift flour salt, and baking powder and add alternately with the milk to the first mixture. Add almond extract and beat thoroughly. Pour into a greased tube pan. Wrap a button, thimble, ring, and dime in separate pieces of wax paper and put into the cake batter. Bake in a 350degree F. oven 50-60 minutes. Let cool completely and cover with Ornamental Frosting.

Ornamental Icing

1 egg white
2 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Beat egg with 1 cup sugar until stiff. Add lemon juice and beat in. Add remaining sugar, a small amount at a time, beating after each addition. Any desired color may be beat into this icing.