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Lady Baltimore Cake

This vintage Lady Baltimore cake is full of Southern charm.

Lady Baltimore Cake
Lady Baltimore Cake
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Make a statement at your next party with this elegant vintage cake recipe!

Lady Baltimore cake is a sophisticated dessert that's full of sweet fruit flavors. Brandy-soaked dates and raisins lend lush flavor to layers of fluffy white cake. And a homemade buttercream frosting will prompt even the most well-mannered guests to consider licking their plate clean.

The origins of Lady Baltimore cake are somewhat up for debate, but it is certainly Southern in origin (and full of Southern charm). Serve this lovely cake with a glass of sweet tea for a treat that everyone will adore.


Preparation Time2 hr

Cooking Time45 min


  • For the Cake
  • 1 1/2 cup raisins, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup dates, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • For the Frosting
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk

Lady Baltimore Cake Recipe


  1. In a small bowl, combine raisins and dates. Add brandy and let stand, covered with saran, at room temperature about 2 hours or until brandy is absorbed.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottoms of three greased 8-inch round cake pans with parchment paper and lightly grease paper.

  3. Mix cake according to package instructions.

  4. Transfer batter to prepared pans. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

  5. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

  6. In a large bowl, cream butter until fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Beat in vanilla and enough cream to reach desired consistency.

  7. For filling, remove 1 cup frosting to a small bowl; stir in date and raisin mixture.

  8. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with half of the filling. Add another cake layer; top with remaining filling. Add remaining cake layer; spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake.

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