Let them eat cake: Alabama lawmakers name official state cake

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Alabama has an official bird, official folk dance and official nut, and as of last April even an official crustacean. Now the Yellowhammer state could soon have an official state cake.

With regular session wrapping up next week, Alabama lawmakers are in a time crunch to tackle several important issues, but that didn’t stop a Thursday night vote in the House of Representatives from seemingly much less pressing task — naming the Lane Cake as the Alabama’s official cake.

The cake, mentioned in Alabama-native Harper Lee’s famous novel “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” dates back to the 1800’s.

Said to have been invented by a woman from Clayton — by the initiative‘s sponsor, Clayton’s Democratic Sen. Billy Beasley‘s wife’s grandmother — the layered sponge cake dessert is made with pecans, coconut flakes, raisins and sometimes a splash of spiked bourbon.

The bill now goes to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley for his signature.

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