LYNNE RANEW MERTINS
Albany resident Lynne Ranew Mertins
is the author of three cookbooks, "That Catered Touch," "That Family Touch" and "That Seasoned Touch."
...Lynne Ranew Mertins, a caterer for more than 30 years and contractor for Porter-field United Methodist Church in Albany, makes 15-20 multiple layer cakes per week to sell at Tommy Mc's Produce.
Around Christmas, Mertins
will increase production to about 30 cakes per week , so she
sees at least 300 layers per week during that time!Mertins
is one of the few bakers in the Albany area who still makes the dozen-layer cakes , most just stick with two or three.
"People are just fascinated by 10-, 12- or 14-layer cakes," Mertins
said."They always tell me their grandmother or great-grandmother did them, but they can't seem to find them anywhere now."
The most challenging aspect of the multiple-layer cake making is trying to assemble the layers and icing while still keeping the layers stacked.
"Keep checking your progress to make sure they're all stacked on top of each other," Mertins
said."Every now and then you'll get one layer that'll slide."
The batter and icing are similar to those of two- and three-layer cakes; the major difference is in the assembly.
"You have to put these together fast," Mertins
...Recipe courtesy of Kaye McIssacs and Lynne Ranew Mertins
...Recipe courtesy of Lynne Ranew Mertins