Classic Lane Cake
Emma Rylander Lane of Clayton, Ala., first published the cake recipe that bears her name in 1898, after it had won the blue ribbon at a country fair in Columbus, Ga. Her cake became nationally famous when it was featured in Harper Lee's 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Why This Recipe Works
Lane cake gets its name from Emma Rylander Lane of Clayton, Ala., who first published the recipe in 1898, after it won the blue ribbon at a county fair in Columbus, Ga. Her cake became famous when it was featured in Harper Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird. For a modern Lane Cake recipe, we made the filling by pulsing together pecans, coconut, cherry preserves, and bourbon in the food processor until coarsely ground. After spreading cherry preserves in a thin layer over the top of the cake, we decorated our Lane Cake with toasted and chopped pecans.