1 pound butter, softened
3½ cups sugar
10 eggs
1 teaspoon mace
2 tablespoons flavoring*
4 cups flour

Bring eggs to room temperature by placing in a bowl of hot water. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and lightly flour a tube pan. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 1½ hours or until it tests done – you may need to cover it with foil half way through baking to prevent the top from becoming too dark. Cool. Remove from pan. Serve, dusted with powdered sugar or topped with a fruit sauce and whipped cream.

I serve mine with a caramel icing and pecans.

*Vanilla, orange, lemon extract or fruit flavored liqueurs