This delicious Lady Baltimore cake recipe is from "I Like You," by Amy Sedaris.

The Martha Stewart Show, June Summer 2007, The Martha Stewart Show, March Spring 2006, The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 1111


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Recipe Summary

Makes one 8-inch cake


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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray two 8-by-2-inch round cake pans with cooking spray and line with parchment paper rounds; set aside.

  • Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside. In a 2-cup glass measuring cup, stir together milk and vanilla; set aside.

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the shortening and 1 cup sugar. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in three parts, alternating with milk mixture and beginning and ending with flour; beat until just combined.

  • In the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on low speed until foamy. With mixer running, gradually add remaining 3 tablespoons sugar; beat on high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form. Do not overbeat. Gently fold a third of the egg-white mixture into the flour mixture until combined. Gently fold in remaining egg whites.

  • Divide batter evenly between prepared pans, smoothing with an offset spatula. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until cakes are golden brown and a cake tester inserted into centers comes out clean, about 25 minutes.

  • Transfer pans to a wire rack to cool 15 minutes. Invert cakes onto wire rack; peel off parchment. Re-invert cakes and let them cool completely, top sides up.

  • Using a serrated knife, trim tops of cakes to make level. Place four strips of parchment paper around perimeter of a serving plate or lazy Susan. Place the first layer on the cake plate. Spread the top of the first layer with the filling. Top with the remaining layer, bottom side up. Spread entire cake with frosting; remove parchment paper strips.


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05/10/2016 that like Crisco, oil, or butter? It doesn't stipulate in recipe. Please advise. My Mother loved this cake but could never find a recipe pre internet days. I'm anxious to try it! Thank you!
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this cake is so good and easy to make and looks so good cut the only thing is that the icing do not last so if you are taking it some where make it before you leave and than put it in a 350 oven for 5 min or until it is lightly toasted and it will give you a little more time and it is so good like that.
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What exactly is a Lady Baltimore cake? I am quite the experienced baker but am young so perhaps this is an old-fashioned or colloquial term? Check out my baking site!
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I love Amy Sedaris! Her book is fantastic!
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It's so nice ^^