Lady Baltimore Cake
From Cook's Country
Lady Baltimore Cake first gained popularity after its description in a 1906 romance novel. We had trouble finding a reputable recipe for the cake, so we developed our own. We started with our favorite white cake recipe, baked in three 8-inch rounds. For the cake’s filling, we ground plenty of dried fruit with pecans and a little bourbon. Then we blended the sticky mixture with some of the frosting for stability. We decorated the frosted cake with sugared pecans for a version of Lady Baltimore Cake sure to be even more popular today than in 1906.
Makes 1 8-inch layer cake
Statuesque Lady Baltimore Cake is dressed to impress, with three layers of tender white cake, stripes of dried fruit and nut filling, and mounds of sticky meringue-like icing. This cake was popularized by a writer, not a baker. Owen Wister named his 1906 romance novel after the cake. Lady Baltimore became a bestseller, and real bakers started making Lady Baltimore Cakes based on Wister’s description. One-hundred years later, Lady Baltimore Cake is still popular, especially around Christmas.
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