The most famous mention of a Lane cake—a frosted white or yellow cake layered with coconut, dried fruits, and nuts—is perhaps in Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, in which the narrator, Scout, describes eating one "so full of shinny it made me tight." "Shinny," in this case, refers to bourbon, which is used in the frosting of this traditional Southern dessert.
FROM THE RECIPE:
The subtle, nutty sweetness of grated coconut makes Edna Lewis's layer cake an all-time favorite.
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