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Galations 5:22

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lincoln Cake - Recipe & a little history

(please excuse the photo...rush job...bad lighting...etc...)
A friend of mine needed a Lincoln Cake for
  a large debate event.  She checked with several bakeries, but the icing was the deal guess is because it had candied fruit in it.
Just in case you haven't noticed, candied fruit is a little hard to come by in June.

She asked me if I could do it...well, you know where this is going...

She gave me a recipe and then I did a little research about this cake on my own.
Kim O'Donnel, author of A Mighty Appetite column of the Washington, had some interesting information:

The story behind the cake, says Newman, goes something like this: Back in 1825, the esteemed Marquis de Lafayette was paying a visit to Lexington, Ky., home to the upper-crust, slave-owning Todd family. In honor of the auspicious occasion, a French baker, by the name of Monsieur Giron, was commissioned to bake a cake. The almond-scented vanilla cake was such a hit, says Newman (who credits “The Lincoln Table” by Lincoln impersonator Donna McCreary for the cake story), that the Todd women “begged him for the recipe which became part of the family’s repertoire.”

Apparently, the white cake was part of Mary’s seduction tactics while she was courting one Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Ill. in late 1839. Did Abe like the cake? “Well, he did marry her," says Newman. The couple tied the knot in 1842 in Springfield.

Newman believes that the cake remained a mainstay in the Todd Lincoln household in Springfield and even when the family moved to the White House in 1861. “She [Mary] had to do all her own cooking in Springfield,“ explains Newman. “Lincoln was poor, so they couldn't afford servants, and she came from a family that had slaves. So she had to learn how to cook on her own and take care of her house on her own.”
To read more about Newman's book, click here.

The Recipe:
1 C butter
2 C sugar
3 C flour
1 C milk
1 C finely chopped almonds
3 t. baking powder
Whites of 6 eggs
1 t vaniila

Cream butter and sugar, sift flour and baking powder together 3 times, and add to butter and sugar, alternating with the milk.

Stir in the almonds and beat well.
(Just wanted you to see how finely chopped the almonds were...can you imagine doing this by hand?!?  Hats off to you Mrs. Lincoln!)

 Then fold in the stiffly beaten whites and the vanilla. Pour into well greased and floured pan. Can be large tube pan or 2 9x 1 1/2 inch round pans. Bake at 375 degrees for one hour or the cake tests done. The tube pan can take longer. Turn out on wire rack and cool. The tube pan makes a large cake. Then frost with white icing.

Frosting for Lincoln's Cake

2 C sugar
2 egg whites, beaten stiff with pinch of salt
1/2 C diced candied pineapple
1 C water
1 t vanilla
1/2 C crystallized cherries, cut in halves

Boil sugar and water until syrup spins a 5-inch thread (242 degrees on your candy thermometer.) Fold in slowly to the well beaten whites adding a tablespoon at a time until 4 have been used. Now add the remaining syrup slowly pouring it in a thin stream. Beat by hand until all is used and the mixture stands in peaks. Add the flavoring and fold in pineapple and cherries. Spread on the cake.

How to Make Crystallized Cherries

How to Make Candied Pineapple

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Amanda Joy said...

This turned out great! It's a lot of work, but looks so worth it in the end. I like the fact that you included a little history in:)

Suzanne said...

The chopping of the nuts for the cake isn't so bad- I cannot imagine whipping egg whites by hand!
Cool history with the recipe- sounds delicious!!

Mindie Hilton said...

I would love for you to link these up to my linky party that runs Friday evening through Sunday night. You can find the button for the party at

Our last party, the first ever, had over 300 links so this week there will be a special give away just for linkers, hope to see you soon.

Shona said...

The president of the national board said this was the best cake they have had in over 50 years of having this cake! Be prepared friend for them to come calling every year!


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