Lane cake, an Alabama specialty, was created by a woman named Emma Rylander Lane, who wrote a cookbook around the turn of the 20th century called Some Good Things to Eat. Typically, it's a large white cake with a filling of egg yolks, sugar, raisins, pecans, fresh coconut and lots of bourbon (or moonshine). Here, it's frosted with silky vanilla buttercream. The bourbon in the filling is key--it helps cut the sweetness a bit.
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