Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable

Civil War Education, Remembrance and Preservation

MARY TODD LINCOLN’S WHITE CAKE RECIPE

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This recipe is reportedly to have been Abraham Lincoln's favorite cake. She first made it for him while they were courting. She continued to serve the cake throughout their married life including during their White House years. This confection was originated by Monsieur Giron, a Lexington caterer, on the occasion of Lafayette's visit to Lexington, Ky. in 1825. The Todds, a prominent Lexington family, got the recipe and made it their own. Mary Todd especially liked it.


Ingredients
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 vanilla

Directions
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. 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. Than frost with white icing.

Frosting for Mary Todd's Cake


Ingredients
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

Directions
Boil sugar and water until syrup spins a 5-inch thread. 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.