Lane Cake

"Particularly popular throughout the South, this white or yellow cake is layered with a mixture of coconut, nuts and dried fruits and covered with a fluffy white frosting. Lane cake is said to have originated in Clayton, Alabama, when its creator, Emma Rylander Lane, won a prize for it in the state fair."
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins
1 "3 layer cake"




  • FOR CAKE:Cream butter: gradually add sugar, beatin well.
  • Combine dry ingredients, add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  • Mix well after each addition.
  • Stir in vanilla.
  • Fold in egg whites.
  • Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9 in round cake pans.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely.
  • FOR FILLING:Combine egg yolks, sugar and butter in a 2 quart saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, about 20 minutes until thickened.
  • Remove from heat, and stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Cool completely.
  • FOR Frosting: Combine the first 5 ingredients in top of a double boiler; beat 30 seconds at low speed of electric mixer or just until blended.
  • Place over boiling water; beat constantly on high speed 7 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add vanilla; beat an additional 1 minute or until the mixture is thick enough to spread.
  • To assemble cake: Spread filling between layers and on top of cake; spread sides with frosting.
  • Garnish with pecan halves, if desired.

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  1. This is the very same recipe that my family has used for generations. My Maw Maw made this cake, and my Mother and all her sisters make this cake, (they are in their 80's & 90"s). Guess they'll let the younger generation take over the job of making one for the Christmas Holidays one of these days. It is the one cake I look forward to every holiday season. Thanks for posting.
  2. This cake has been a tradition within our family since the 1930's. We served it for birthdays and for Christmas. It is a delight!!
  3. the old fashion lane cake. the best.



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