Abraham Lincoln’s Favorite Dessert: The Famous Vanilla Almond Cake

Mary Todd Lincoln's Vanilla Almond Cake

Mary Todd Lincoln's Vanilla Almond Cake

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It has often been said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. The story is told that this delicious vanilla almond cake was made for Abraham Lincoln by Mary Todd Lincoln during their courtship and during his presidency. It is reported that President Lincoln did not frequently endulge in sweets but always enjoyed his mother’s ginger bread and his wife’s vanilla almond cake.

This is a delicious cake and is sure to impress that special someone in your life. It is also fun to make a good recipe like this that has such a rich history.  We hope you enjoy this delicious vanilla almond cake and sharing the romantic history that makes it so special.

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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

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.


You can read the full recipe instructions at Visit Gettysburg.

Source: visitgettysburg.com

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