Favorite basic cake recipe
Laurie Colwin's basic genoise, paraphrased:
Cream half a cup of butter and half a cup of sugar together. Beat in two eggs. Get everything fluffy, and then fold in a cup of flour, and add a capful of vanilla. You can add a half teaspoon of baking powder if you like.
Bake at 350F for twenty minutes.
A buttery basic cake.