Abraham Lincoln’s Favorite Cake

recipe for Abe Lincoln’s favorite cake 

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This very old cake recipe was featured in an article of the Saturday Evening Post, February 1957.  According to the article, Mary Todd Lincoln made this cake for Abraham Lincoln before they were married. He is said to have declared it, “the best in Kentucky.”

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup milk
3 cups flour (cake or pastry)
2 tsps. baking powder (double-acting)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped, blanched almonds
1/4 tsp. salt
6 egg whites

Cream butter and sugar lightly. Sift flour and baking powder together and add alternately with milk (to the first mixture). Add well-floured nuts, then vanilla. Fold in stiffly beaten whites of eggs, to which salt has been added. Bake in three layers (9″ or 8″ pans) in moderate (350˚F) oven. Ice with boiled icing, to which add 1/2 cup candied pineapple and cherries, chopped fine.

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