What’s a Good Lane Cake Recipe?
I don’t believe I’ve ever tried to make or witnessed a Lane Cake recipe being made. I wasn’t sure I’d ever even heard of it. (No surprise there!) You may be wondering why I feel that is unusual… well, I live in the South! I am also fond of cooking and baking with booze!
A traditional Lane Cake recipe stemmed from the South, offering a happy hour holiday cake! It’s a layer cake, topped with nuts, fruit, and bourbon or brandy. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? I’m honestly not a cake person unless it’s moist. I’ve looked at several wonderful recipes and many of the ones I came across look absolutely delicious!
I just had to look further. At first, I wanted to figure out a recipe of my own after reading up on the history of Lane Cake. Seeing as I’m not fond of cake, I’m very inexperienced at making them! I didn’t want to risk butchering something that looked so yummy with a faulty recipe of my own! I wanted to consider both easy and time-consuming methods. Then, I wanted to get an idea of the basic ingredients I would need. I don’t crave cake very often, so I’m tucking both of the following recipes away for a rainy day. I know a few friends that would love to try making one of these cakes so I have to share!
What Goes into a Lane Cake Recipe?
To go a little further into it, let’s see exactly what tops this cake! (Otherwise, it’d be an ordinary layered cake, of course). You’ll get mixed results everywhere, but my first list will go accordingly with this historically-inspired recipe. After discussing that, we’ll consider our easier option!
You will definitely need more than the basics I list, but for a “proper” Lane Cake we’ll need the following:
- flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, sugar, butter, extract (such as vanilla), milk, eggs (separated), bourbon/brandy, raisins, pecans, coconut, and a dried fruit topping.
The walkthrough is nice and simple with too-good-to-eat results. I’d actually probably devour that cake, it looks so good. It takes a bit more time and consideration to make but is well worth it if you have the time and desire to replicate it! It’s like a little history lesson plus a recipe, and it’s fun to read!
If you just want to get an idea of what it would taste like but don’t want to spend a whole lot of time preparing it, consider this easier recipe. It is very short and to the point and I’m sure it’s tasty for the sake of trying it! To make it, you would need:
- white cake mix, water, canola oil, eggs, butter, sugar, pecans, raisins, coconut flakes, and bourbon.
Both sound like they might have somewhat similar results. The choice is all yours to make! For my first time, I will probably take the longer route. Then, if I like it and want it again but in a quicker manner, I’ll try the easier one! I hope your Lane Cake recipe turns out well!