Lane Cake: A closer look at Alabama's newest symbol

Published: May. 11, 2016 at 10:00 PM CDT|Updated: May. 12, 2016 at 12:29 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Tuesday, Gov. Robert Bentley officially made Lane Cake into the state dessert.

The cake, originated in Alabama and featured in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, became the state treat after a seven-year effort from Sen. Billy Beasley, D-Clayton.

"I think a lot of people have no clue what it is and how it tastes" said Ivy Davis, of Liger's Bakery in Montgomery.

There is much more to the state dessert scenario than meets the eye.

Like how can lawmakers find time for a layered cake while vital layers of the state like Medicaid, prisons and other issues build on each other. Davis had some questions about the priorities.

"I don't know it's kinda strange sometimes why they are doing that," Davis said.

However, bakers don't set polices, just recipes, and she has no problems with the new state dessert.

"I think it makes it really special," Davis said.

The cake is made in layers and uses a filling of bourbon, nuts and coconut for its trademark taste.

While the cake is now the state dessert, it did run into some obstacles, being defeated in recent legislative sessions.

It also faced some resistance on the House floor as some representatives felt they should not be wasting their time on state symbols with more pressing issues like Medicaid and prison reform still needing to be solved.

However, the bill prevailed and now Alabama has a new symbol, while you get a new answer to a trivia question.

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