Mary Todd Lincoln Cake

by Amy
(www.visit-gettysburg.com)

Here's the famous Lincoln cake recipe. President Lincoln's wife Mary Todd Lincoln apparently made this vanilla almond cake for him while they were courting and during their time in the White House.

Ingredients:
1 cup almonds
1 cup butter
1-1/2 cups sugar
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1-1/3 cups milk
6 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Confectioners' sugar

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 375F. Grease and flour two 9 inch round layer cake pans or one Bundt cake pan. Use a food processor to grind the almonds into a course flour. Cream the butter and sugar to mix them until fluffy. Sift the flour and baking powder to mix them together, then fold the dry flour mix into the creamed butter and sugar, alternating with milk, until well blended. Stir in the almond powder and mix thoroughly.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Add a pinch of salt for easier stiffening. Add vanilla extract. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the pan(s) and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for at least 15 minutes before flipping the cake out out of the pan, and allow it to completely cool before serving. If a layer cake was made, use a jam for filling. Sift confectioners? sugar on top for decoration.

Serves about 12 slices.

The original recipes from the era used different methods of measurement, so this is one version. To see more Civil War recipes from the Lincoln household, check out the Lincoln's Table: A President's Culinary Journey from Cabin to Cosmopolitan book.

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Apr 12, 2011
Should the Almonds Be Roasted?
by: Peggy W

I made this cake to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the shelling of Fort Sumter. It was delicious, dense and moist. There wasn't as much almond flavor as I expected. I used raw almonds. Should I have used roasted?

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