4 large eggs at room temp2 cup white granulated sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 cup whole milk¼ cup unsalted or lightly salted butter2 cup all purpose flour2 teaspoon baking powder¼ teaspoon salt (use 3/8 teaspoon if using unsalted butter)
Beat eggs in large mixing bowl (with paddle attachment if possible) for 4 minutes. Do not shorten the time.Add sugar and continue beating for another 4 - 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and stir on low just until combined.In a separate, sift together dry ingredients. Add to eggs and sugar on low speed just until combined.In a saucepan (or microwave) heat milk and butter just until the butter is melted. Add to batter, beat just until combined.Pour into two greased and floured 8" pans.Bake at 325 about 33 - 35 minutes or until the middle springs back when touched, or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.Remove from oven and let stand in pans for 10 minutes. Then turn out onto a wire cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.