It’s debatable which of the South’s elaborate cakes is more ceremonial: Lane cake or Lady Baltimore cake. What is for sure is that the latter is in no way connected with the city of Baltimore but, rather, with Owen Wister’s 1906 romantic novel entitled Lady Baltimore, in which the cake is described. In reality, the luscious cake was most probably created in Charleston, South Carolina, by
To make the cake, cream the butter in the bowl of a standing electric mixer on high speed while gradually adding
In a bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer till firm peaks form, add the remaining
Meanwhile, make the icing by combining the egg whites, water, sugar, and cream of tartar in the top of a double boiler over simmering water and beating them with an electric mixer till stiff peaks form. Off the heat, stir in the vanilla. Scrape about one third of the icing into a bowl, add the remaining ingredients, and mix till well blended.
To assemble the cake, place 1 cake layer on a large plate and cover with the fruit icing, smoothing it with a rubber spatula. Cover with the second layer and then ice the top and sides with the remaining icing. Let the cake stand about 1 hour before serving.
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