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Lane Cake

Anne Byrn
This stunning, flavorful layer cake is moist and delicious.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 55 mins
Course cake
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 8 servings


Filling and Frosting:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup 2 sticks lightly salted butter, at room temperature
  • 10 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups raisins chopped
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries save a few for garnish, chopped in half
  • 1 cup chopped pecans save a few whole for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ⁄2 cup bourbon


  • Vegetable shortening and waxed paper for prepping the pans
  • 1 cup 2 sticks lightly salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 ⁄2 cup 1 stick margarine, at room temperature
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour see Cake Notes on page 114
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • For the filling and frosting, place the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl, and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture comes together and lightens. In a separate, smaller bowl, beat the egg yolks with a whisk until they turn light yellow in color. Stir the egg yolks into the butter mixture until combined.
  • Fill the bottom saucepan of a double boiler with 2" of water. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat so the water simmers. Turn the sugar and egg mixture into the top pan of the double boiler. Cook over simmering water until the custard thickens and is smooth, stirring constantly, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the raisins, cherries, pecans, and vanilla. Stir to combine the ingredients well, and then stir in up to 1⁄2 cup of bourbon, adding the bourbon to taste. Transfer this mixture to a glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap and chill until ready to assemble. It can be made a day in advance.
  • For the cake, place a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease the bottom of three 9" pans with vegetable shortening and flour. Cut waxed paper rounds to fit the bottom of the pans, and place these in the pans. Set the pans aside.
  • Place the soft butter and margarine in a large mixing bowl with the sugar. Cream the mixture by beating on medium-low speed until the mixture comes together and lightens, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • In a separate, smaller bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture and milk alternately to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Blend in the vanilla.
  • Divide the batter between the prepared pans, and place the pans in the oven. Bake until the cakes are lightly browned and spring back when lightly pressed in the center, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the cakes, give the layers a gentle shake, and invert the layers once and then again onto the rack to cool completely, right side up, about 30 minutes.
  • To assemble the cake, place the filling between the layers and on top of the cake, leaving the sides bare. Decorate the top of the cake with the reserved cherries and pecans, if desired.


Mary Jim used Fleischmann’s original margarine and Gold Medal flour in her cake. For a pretty contrast, use half golden and half dark raisins. Garnish the top with toasted coconut, if desired.
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