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  1. In a bowl, cream butter.
  2. Gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream and vanilla.
  5. Beat on low just until blended.
  6. Beat egg whites in separate bowl on high until stiff peaks form.
  7. Fold egg whites into cake batter until blended.
  8. Spray baking oil in desired pan and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon (nuts optional).
  9. Pour cake batter into pan or fill with spoonfuls of batter until evenly spread.
  10. Bake at 325 °F for 1 hour and 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  11. Cool in pan 15 minutes.
  12. Slightly toss cake in pan to loosen edges then turn cake over onto plate and cool completely.
  13. Optional icing: combine confectioners' sugar, water (1 teaspoonful at a time), and lemon juice or extract.
  14. Stir until desired consistency—adding more water (1 teaspoon at a time).
  15. Pour by spoon over cake, if desired.