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November 13, 2009

~ Mary ~


Here’s the birthday girl with a new haircut showing off her newly minted Foodo Chef Coat





it’s got Fancy Schmancy lettering on it too





Aside from birthdays – it’s not too early for T-day treats is it?  We’ve all got to plan ahead right?  I know pie is the main attraction, but if you’re looking for an alternative – STOP right here!  A quick confession – this photo is from last year’s cake – back when there was no blog – I hope you don’t mind – I know Emma doesn’t.  The first time Lane Cake graced our Thanksgiving table was in …are you sitting down? …..1983!  Do the math – 26 YEARS ago!



This was the year I started buying the Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Cooking Special issue and LOOK —– I STILL HAVE IT!





I used to LOVE these magazines and had no problem buying them  – even though I was a poor college student.  It sure is a kick browsing through them every year. 


Lane cake is one of my favorites – I love the filling with all the goodies it’s even got brandy in it, the cake part is dense without being heavy and then top it all off with my childhood favorite fluffy 7 minute frosting. 


 I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Some other triple layer cakes you might enjoy:

Strawberry Butter           Mango Mousse           Tiramisu

                      Heaven & Hell           Peachy Keen                    

German Chocolate          Chocolate Peanut Butter Salute



Lane Cake


Part One Cake


Mix together Dry Ingredients and SET ASIDE

     3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

     4 tsp Baking Powder

     1 tsp salt


Beat in mixer until stiff and SET ASIDE

     8 Egg whites (save yolks for filling)


Beat with mixer until light and fluffy:

     1 ¼ cups butter

     2 ¼ cups sugar

     2 tsp vanilla

Add dry ingredients alternately with

     1 ½ cups milk

Mix well after each addition.


Fold in the beaten egg whites you did earlier.


Place equal amounts in 3 – 9” round greased and floured cake pans.


Bake at 375° for about 20 min. or until toothpick comes out clean.


Cool thoroughly and spread on filling.


Part Two Filling:

In a sauce pan over medium heat melt

    ½ cup butter

Stir in

       1 cup sugar

     1/3 cup brandy

     1/3 cup water

Bring to boil and stir until sugar dissolves


Remove from heat and stir in

     9 egg yolks SLOWLY while whisking vigorously!





Return to heat and add

     1 tsp vanilla

     1 cup EACH:

chopped pecans, maraschino cherries, chopped raisins or craisins or a combo and coconut.


Turn off heat and cool to room temp.


Place equal amounts (about 1 cup each) on each layer then stack the cake and frost the outside.



Part Three: Frosting

In saucepan bring to boil and stir until dissolved

     1 cup sugar
     1/3 cup water
     ¼ tsp cream of tartar
     Dash of salt

In mixing bowl on HIGH slowly pour hot mixture into

     2 egg whites

     1 tsp vanilla

Beat constantly for 7 minutes!

Don’t quit early.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2009 9:50 pm

    Love the cake and love the jacket!

  2. November 13, 2009 1:52 am

    happy birthday,emma!
    wonderful cake!

  3. November 13, 2009 6:58 am

    beautiful cake!
    I want a coat like that! lol
    Happy Birthday, emma!!!!!

  4. pat permalink
    November 13, 2009 12:57 pm



  5. emma permalink
    November 14, 2009 5:51 pm

    Thank you mary for the birthday post…
    the coat is really nice too.

  6. November 15, 2009 2:35 pm

    Beautiful Cake Happy Birthday Emma!!

  7. November 15, 2009 2:41 pm

    That looks terrific. If I make it , I just might be committed for the next 26 years. Not sure I could handle it.

  8. November 15, 2009 2:57 pm

    Oh god!!! so cruel to show me this before I’ve even cooked our lunch..anyway i canturn pumpkin and mooli into this??? fast?

  9. November 15, 2009 3:08 pm

    Nice cake, happy birthday Emma, the new hairstyle looks nice.

  10. November 15, 2009 3:34 pm

    Cool jacket! Happy belated Bday.
    Never heard of this cake but it looks interesting! Thanks!

  11. November 15, 2009 4:20 pm

    This looks great! What a lucky birthday girl!

  12. November 16, 2009 4:31 am

    What a lovely cake. Can I have a jacket too? 🙂

  13. November 16, 2009 6:17 am

    happy happy birthday!!

  14. November 16, 2009 6:53 am

    a dream! un vero sogno!

  15. November 16, 2009 9:31 am

    Great looking Lane Cake. It’s a very traditional southern dessert – been eating it for at least 45 years! In my family, we do not use the traditional 7-minute frosting, just lots of filling, and lots of brandy!

  16. November 17, 2009 11:56 am

    It’s a beautiful cake! The filling sounds delicious, and I love seven minute frosting.

  17. November 17, 2009 12:09 pm

    Your cake is so pretty it’s ridiculous! I looked at the BH&G cover and thought, oh how cute to be using a retro cookbook. Then I saw the year, 1983, which I remember vividly. Now I feel OLD! But, I won’t hold that against your lovely cake.

  18. November 17, 2009 10:39 pm

    Happy Birthday Emma! The chef coat is awesome! And talk about such a wonderful looking cake.

  19. Luisa permalink
    November 18, 2009 10:18 am

    Lane Cake was my wedding cake oh so MANY years ago!

    • foododelmundo permalink*
      November 18, 2009 11:43 am

      What lucky guests!

  20. November 29, 2009 11:38 pm

    Lane cake is the greatest!! A lot of work, but totally worth it. The recipe I have (also from an old magazine) calls for sherry instead of brandy, and glace cherries instead of maraschino. I recently found out about italian natural-color candied cherries…I think these would be fabulous in it.

  21. luisa permalink
    April 3, 2012 9:41 am

    This was my wedding cake, 1971 !

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