The Lane Cake Recipe

Lane Cake

The Lane Cake Recipe

The History of Lane Cake and a Traditional Recipe for this Classic Southern Boozy Layer Cake From Food Historian Gil Marks.
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 14 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 252 kcal


  • 3 1/2 cups  sifted cake
  • 3 1/2 tsp  double-acting baking powder
  • 1/8  tsp  salt
  • 1/4  tsp  grated nutmeg optional
  • 2 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp  vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 pic  large egg whites


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F (325°F for a convection oven). Grease three 9- by 1½-inch round baking pans or two 9- by 3-inch round baking pans or springform pans, line the bottoms with parchment paper or wax paper, grease again, and dust with flour.To make the batter: Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and, if using, nutmeg.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter on low speed until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  • Increase the speed to medium, gradually add the sugar, and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the vanilla.Add the flour mixture and milk alternately (4 portions for the flour; 3 portions for the milk) beginning and ending with the flour.In a large bowl, beat the egg whites on low until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and beat until soft leaks form, 5 to 8 minutes. Fold one fourth of the egg whites into the batter, then gently fold in the remaining whites.
  • Divide the batter equally between the prepared pans. Bake until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean and the cake springs back when lightly touched, 20 to 25 minutes for 3 pans or about 30 minutes for 2 pans. 
  • Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove to wire racks and let cool completely, at least 1½ hours. The cake can be wrapped and stored at room temperature for up to 1 day. 


Nutrition Information:
  • Fat 28g43%
  • Saturated Fat 15g94%
  • Cholesterol 139mg46%
  • Sodium 108mg5%
  • Potassium 335mg10%
  • Carbohydrates 88g29%
  • Fiber 2g8%
  • Sugar 57g63%
  • Protein 8g16%
  • Vitamin A 685IU14%
  • Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
  • Calcium 95mg10%
  • Iron 1.2mg7%
Keyword Lane Cake

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