Lady Baltimore Cake

Slice of lady Baltimore cake
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  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 12 to 16 Servings

The Lady Baltimore Cake is a layer cake with fruit and nut filling, as well as frosting. The cake is a Southern favorite. Take a step back in time with this recipe and enjoy the cake (it was first created in the early 20th century).

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What You'll Need

  • Cake:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 egg whites, stiffly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Frosting and Filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped figs
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup candied cherries
  • 1/4 cup candied pineapple

How to Make It


  1. In mixing bowl with electric mixer, cream butter and 1 1/2 cups of sugar; add the 1 cup of water gradually, then add flour and baking powder.
  2. Fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
  3. Bake in 3 buttered and floured cake pans in a 375 F oven for about 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Frosting and Filling:

  1. Combine 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 2/3 cup of water, and corn syrup in a saucepan; cook, stirring, over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil and boil to 240 F.
  1. Meanwhile, when syrup reaches about 234 F, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; add salt.
  2. Remove syrup from heat when 240 F is reached and immediately pour a very thin stream over stiffly beaten egg whites and salt while beating constantly. Add the 1 teaspoon of vanilla and continue beating until frosting cools and is of spreading consistency, about 10 minutes. 
  3. To about one-third of the frosting, add the chopped pecans, figs, raisins, and candied cherries and pineapple. Spread half on the bottom layer. Place another layer on top and spread with the other half of the filling. Top with the third layer.
  4. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining plain frosting.